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Help with exporting

Thousands of businesses in the UK have increased their sales, growth and stability by selling overseas.  Explore the potential of exporting with finance, services, and guidance from the UK Government.

Regardless of your exporting experience, the UK Government offers help for businesses that are looking for exporting opportunities.  A range of support is available whether you are looking to export for the first time or ready to expand into new markets.

New trade hub

The Department for International Trade (DIT) plans to open a dedicated hub in Edinburgh to provide Scottish businesses with trade support. But in the meantime DIT provides access to a regional network of international trade specialists across the UK which:

  • help businesses acquire the skills, contacts and confidence to start exporting or to break into new markets
  • work closely with a global network of UKTI advisers, to ensure UK businesses are given the best advice about exporting to their chosen destinations

They also offer programmes for:

Export Finance

UK Export Finance (UKEF) can help UK companies to:

  • win export contracts by providing attractive financing terms to their buyers
  • fulfil contracts by supporting working capital loans
  • get paid by insuring against buyer default

They can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property.

Their export finance managers provide free and impartial consultations. They help UK companies to check they are getting the appropriate support and, if not, explore how to bridge any gaps.

Arrange a consultation with your local export finance manager - external link

UKEF works in partnership with banks and brokers to provide government-backed working capital loans, credit insurance and bank guarantees to support UK companies to trade overseas.  UK suppliers to exporters can also access UKEF support, spreading the benefits of trade to SMEs across the UK.

Watch our example below to see how UKEF has helped Caley Ocean Systems to secure export contracts:

Find out how UK Export Finance can support your business - external link

Helping businesses sell overseas has tailored support and advice for businesses on how to start exporting or increase the amount of goods and services they sell overseas.

You can:

You can also:

    More information

    Support is available from the Scottish Government find out more from Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.

    Find out more about UK Government support for businesses.