Market visit support


If you're serious about exporting your products or services then a market visit is the best way to connect with potential buyers, agents, distributors and prospective business partners.

Whichever route to market you chose it’s definitely worth making the extra effort to visit the selected country as often as you can reasonably afford. Regular market visits allow you to personally assess your options, establish and nurture relationships, and keep an eye on the competition. In some overseas markets, face-to-face communication is a must if you want to build trust and ultimately seal the deal.

Before committing to a market visit we strongly recommend that you complete an initial research exercise and plan, plan and plan some more. This preparation will be vital in helping you to identify the appropriate opportunities and to maximise the value of your visit.

How we can help

Every year we take groups of local businesses overseas to meet face-to-face with potential buyers, agents, distributors and prospective business partners.

Specialist market visit advisers are available on a one-to-one basis to assist you in planning and organising an overseas market visit, or to help you get the best return from attending an international exhibition, trade show or event. We'll make sure that you're fully prepared for an intensive few days of meetings, introductions and networking.

Our market visit support covers:

  • Bespoke advice and guidance for international trade shows, exhibitions and seminars.
  • Facilitation of pre and post-visit support aligned to initial market research.
  • Coordination of your overseas visit that includes liaison with the relevant in market DIT post, Embassy or OBNi office.
  • Facilitation of pre and post-visit briefings.
  • Assistance with all planning and travel arrangements.

Our world-beating network of trade advisers based in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consular Offices around the world are pivotal to the organisation of a market visit. These people are the USP, the input that they bring to the table is invaluable to any UK company looking to win new business in a foreign market. By working with us you'll have access to their local language skills, market knowledge and extensive political and commercial contacts that can make all the difference.


The range of support available from our market visit advisers is delivered free of charge to businesses based in the South West of England.

Subject to eligibility, there may also be funding available to help your business with the costs of attending an overseas exhibition or trade show.

  • How to get started

    Every year we organise and manage a number of group market visits that may be sector specific or general focused, sometimes they also encompass multiple markets.

    To view our upcoming market visit diary or to make a specific enquiry about the support available then please contact the international trade centre. 

    Call us on 01275 370 944

  • Have a question?

    If you have any specific export questions or would like to speak to one of our advisers about entering new markets simply let us know.