Monday, 09 Jan 2012
There’s never been a better time to trade internationally. And whether you’re completely new to exporting, have some experience, or are looking to expand a well established range of global markets and services, there’s always more you can do to increase your bottom line
Why Should I Export?
I have no experience of international trade. Where should I start?
You should take some time to consider the realities of exporting and their implications for all aspects of your business, and to be aware of any assistance you may need. You’ll find lots of useful information on the country and sector pages of this site. Get yourself started by reading our
I have some export experience. How can I build on this?
If you have some experience of exporting you may now be thinking about to take things to the next level. You’ll need more strategic support which allows you to build lasting commercial relationships with clients and partners. Read our .
EU single market : successful trading, overcoming barriers
To help companies take advantage of the enormous opportunities for trade offered by the European Single Market, both the UK Government and the European Commission provide guidance on trading in Europe as well as support to businesses to overcome barriers they might face in accessing this important market. View guidance, resources and useful links on the BIS website:
Help for exporters from Businesslink.gov.uk
Businesslink.gov.uk helps businesses to succeed by providing access to clear, simple, and authoritative information. The website divides the world of business and government into easy to understand thematic areas, including international trade. Businesslink.gov should be your first port of call for regulatory information on exporting. Relevant resources include:
Growth and Improvement Service - this new service provided by Business Link has a range of easy-to-use tools, online tutorials and video case studies, and signposts to discussion forums, events and support schemes
Interactive tools – Businesslink.gov and the Growth and Improvement service host a range of interactive tools that provide personalised advice relating to your business through a series of short questions. The tools cover key business questions from “are you ready to export?” to “what are my duty and VAT liabilities when importing or exporting”? Find for your business on the Businesslink.gov.uk website, and
The UK Trade Tariff - the UK Trade Tariff is an easy-to-use online tool which gives you free, direct access to current trading information on taxes and levies, rebates, preferences, restrictions and other information supplied by HM Revenue & Customs on all imports to and exports from the European Union. Access on the Businesslink.gov.uk website.
Help for exporters from UK Export Finance
UK Export Finance is the UK's official export credit agency. It provides services such as:
- insuring UK exporters against non-payment by their overseas buyers;
- helping overseas buyers to purchase goods and/or services from UK exporters by
guaranteeing bank loans to finance those purchases;
- sharing credit risks with banks in order to assist exporters in the raising of tender and contract bonds, in accessing pre- and post-shipment working capital finance and in securing confirmations of letters of credit; and
- insuring UK investors in overseas markets against political risks.
Mentoring for exporters from mentorsme.co.uk
is a gateway to a national network of over 10,000 experienced mentors from a wide variety of business backgrounds - offering both free and paid for mentoring. The Portal provides interested parties with a single, easy to use search engine to locate organisations that provide mentor services. The aim is to give users access to existing mentoring organisations and networks under one umbrella