Making international trade work for your business

International sales have provided substantial growth for thousands of British businesses and right now demand for quality UK products and services is on the rise all across the world. We’re here to help you take advantage of these exciting opportunities.

Why look to international markets?

The opportunities for UK exporters in all corners of the world are simply staggering. British products and services carry a mark of quality and can command a much higher value overseas.

As well as opening access to new sources of revenue, trading internationally will allow you to:

  • spread risk across a wider range of customers;
  • extend the market for specific products;
  • ensure that you are aware of international competition.
Companies that trade Internationally become 34% more productive in the first year alone, and exporting businesses are more resilient and are 11% more likely to survive than those who don't.


What are you waiting for?


We have over 1,000 live opportunities for selling products or services overseas. Here are the latest five, hot off the press.


Getting started with export

Before commiting to international trade you need to assess the readiness of your business and product/service. To help you decide try our 'Are you ready to export?' online tool, which provides a quick, basic assessment of your trade capabilities and chances of success.

You'll also need to think about how to research, target and grow presence in overseas markets. You might find our 10 key steps to export success useful.

What support is available?

Our vast network of business advisers, coaches and mentors have 'been there and done it' when it comes to international trade and are ready to answer any questions that you may have. We're here to make sure you get it right, first time, every time. Get in touch.

Start your export journey today. Our Ready to Export Workshops are run by export specialists through the South West region. Join us at a one-day interactive workshop to get your business on the road to growth and develop a realistic export plan.


Export for Growth is a project delivered by Business West, which helps local SMEs find profitable customers in overseas markets. We support ambitious businesses through strategic workshops, one-to-one advice, desk-based research and company visits.

  • Have a question?

    If you'd like to find out more about how we can help your business, why not give us a call on 01275 370 944 to speak to one of our expert trade advisers.

  • Our one-day interactive Ready to Export workshops are run by export specialists throughout the South West region to help you start your export journey.

  • Aim high, act now!

    Boost your profile, credibility and bottom line by entering new markets.

  • Working with DIT has helped to steer us in the right direction, providing us with information on dealing with certain markets and pointing out common pitfalls. They also appreciate how important our brand is to us, and understand our desire to keep a close eye on how our products are represented in different markets.
    Export - Helena Hills Truestart Coffee
    Helena Hills

Useful links

  • Export readiness assessment

    Whatever your business, we can help you assess your export potential in global markets.

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  • Ready to Export workshops

    All the essential knowledge and information required to start getting ready for the world of international trade.

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  • Export advice and consultancy

    Develop a robust export strategy and smart action plan that delivers results for your business.

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