Export Support

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Expand the scope of your business beyond the UK

There is plenty of support available to help your business make overseas contacts, and to help your business navigate the legal requirements for overseas trade.

For first time exporters

Export Essentials, a free support programme delivered by Business West in partnership with the Department for International Trade, can help you assess the readiness of your business for exporting. You can also access free coaching, mentoring, and market research, and attend a one-day "Ready to Export" interactive workshop. Part of the South West Export for Growth programme. 

For more experienced exporters

More experienced exporters interested in exporting to Asia and Latin America can access the Extend your Global Reach suite of activity, which includes intensive coaching and one-to-one support, and facilitation of in-country specialist support. Also delivered by Business West in partnership with the Department for International Trade as part of the Export for Growth programme. 

Programme of learning events

The Export for Growth programme includes a number of workshops and seminars on a range of export-related topics, from "Online essentials for artisans" to "To infinity, and beyond the EU".   Find out more

For food businesses

Are you a food business looking to export? Then the FoodEx programme can connect you with hundreds of selected overseas buyers.  You can access Meet the Buyer events as well as virtual trade fairs.  Visit www.businesswest.co.uk/foodex for more information. 

Selling via Amazon

Ever thought about selling via the largest online platform in the world?  Free, bite-sized but comprehensive advice is available from experienced advisors.  Visit www.businesswest.co.uk/amazon for more information. 

Enterprise Europe Network

A consortium of over 600 partner organisations in 40 countries, Enterprise Europe Network promotes competitiveness and innovation at local level in Europe and beyond. Within the UK and Ireland, 12 consortia of 31 business development organisations can help you take your business to Europe and the website features regional links for the most relevant information.  Partnering with Business West and other organisations to provide comprehensive support to businesses. 

Department for International Trade (replacing UKTI)

The Department for International Trade works to help businesses to explore their options in Europe and globally and provides operational export support.  The Department for International Trade works closely with the other support organisations listed on this page.