Growing a business

Exporting goods and services can help to grow your business. It does not have to be difficult or complex process and to make it even easier we have gathered some information that will help you to find out the practical support that is offered by the Government.

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Department for International Trade (DIT) lead the government’s approach to increase the number of exporters and inward investors to the UK.

Responsible for:

  • coordinating efforts across government and partners to increase export and investment opportunities
  • providing businesses in the UK with specialist support, advice and access to trade and investment events overseas
  • increasing the supply of UK businesses that are ready to export
  • increasing the supply of inward investment opportunities, particularly through high value campaigns
  • increasing overseas demand for UK exports and inward investment opportunities
  • the Exporting is Great campaign

In addition to their services you can:

  • Register for business opportunities

    Find out about three steps to becoming an Exporter here.

  • Find DIT events, trade fairs, missions and webinars

    Follow the link to the hub for business and networking opportunities.

    Search for future events and missions; register online and network with follow delegates here.

  • Use Open to Export - a free online advice service for exporters

    Open to Export is the online community helping UK businesses get ready to sell overseas. Backed by Government and business, we are a not for profit social enterprise dedicated to helping UK companies grow through export.

    Companies can get free online information and advice from the community on anything to do with international growth, and connect with the full spectrum of organisations providing support for exporters. Thousands of companies are using the service to connect, learn and talk about going global through our forum, webinars, guides and useful contacts.

  • Get finance support from e-Exporting Programme

    DIT’s e-Exporting Programme aims to help UK companies sell their products or services to millions of global consumers and grow their business through online exports.

    UKTI’s E-Exporting Programme helps UK companies who are:

    • new to selling online
    • already selling online, but need help with specific issues
    • experienced in online sales, but are looking to sell on multiple platforms globally
  • Find out about Export Finance

    Export Finance is UK’s export credit agency that helps UK exporters by providing insurance to exporters and guarantees to banks to share the risks of providing export finance. In addition, they can make loans to overseas buyers of goods and services from the UK. UK Export Finance is the operating name of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD).


Essex International

Essex International – for 25 years Essex International have been helping the UK and China do business together. We focus on answering the question ‘is there a market in China for my product or service?’ and then we concentrate on introducing you to interested Chinese buyers. We use our China knowledge and network of contacts among Chinese businesses and government departments to help our clients meet decision-makers that are interested in buying their product in particular. If necessary we can help you navigate opaque regulations and provide communication support to help you conclude deals.

We help:

  • Businesses looking for Chinese exports or investment
  • Local authorities/Cities/Government departments wanting to link with China
  • Schools and HE/FE institutions wanting to form strategic partnerships in China
  • Specialist training organisations wanting to help develop Chinese professionals

Essex Chambers

Essex Chambers – whether you are new to exporting or an established exporter, Essex Chambers of Commerce has a dedicated Export Team on hand to help. Our teams, based in Colchester and Southend-on-Sea, work closely with overseas Chambers, trade agencies and in partnership with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to help support international trade.

Essex Chambers of Commerce together with UKTI in the East of England, provides the county’s most prominent focal point for the promotion and support of international trade with UKTI’s Exporting is Great campaign and Export Guide, along with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Export Britain online resource. Export Britain showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers and business groups both in the UK and around the world.
We facilitate business to business contacts with networking events and Export Expert courses. We provide access for our Members to promote their products and services overseas and help develop trading opportunities.


HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC provides assistance on matters relating to importing and exporting. There are many useful guides online.


Export Licences

Whether you are a new exporter investigating the possibility of exporting strategic goods, an overseas end-user, an academic or researcher affected by export controls or a non-governmental organisation or legal firm seeking more information, this guide will give you an overview of UK export controls.

Find out which exports require an export licence, how to apply for one and what compliance responsibilities you have as an exporter.