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SMEs in the fast lane to exporting success in the Midlands

Local businesses in the Midlands looking to boost their exporting capabilities can benefit from the arrival of the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) mobile Export Hub.

As part of DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign, the Export Hub is touring the nation with a series of events to help businesses trade overseas and visited Derby, Lincoln and Leicester this week. It is also heading to Worcestershire, Coventry, Birmingham, Black Country, and Staffordshire from 2-9 February.

The event will provide essential information on the benefits of exporting and the key steps and processes that need to be considered, as well as the ongoing support available from DIT.

In the year to September 2017, East Midlands businesses exported £20.4bn worth of goods, up 18.1% from the same period in September 2016, with the UK exporting £323.6bn worth of goods over the same period. DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign aims to help more businesses explore new markets overseas.

East Midlands businesses such as Limbtex Ltd have been helped to identify new exporting opportunities in Spain and Canada with the support of DIT advisers.

Ian Harrison, Director of Exports, Department for International Trade, Midlands, said: “The Export Hub provides a great opportunity for businesses across the region to learn more about the opportunities offered by exporting. The series of events will encourage, educate and support SMEs as they look to discover new markets.

“There is a strong demand across the world for UK goods and services, and many East Midlands businesses are already finding success abroad. DIT is on hand to help firms manage common barriers to exporting such as not knowing where to look for contracts, costs of doing business, finance, language and administration.

“The Roadshow will run alongside other initiatives including meet the buyer events, trade missions and masterclasses on exporting and selling online, for businesses across the region. We’re encouraging all firms to take advantage to visit the hub and register for a workshop.”

DIT has International Trade Advisers (ITAs) covering the whole of the East Midlands, as well as staff based in our embassies around the world. They are ready to provide businesses with expert trade advice, market know-how and practical support for your international growth.

If you missed the tour but are keen to find out more, visit and see where else it’s set to visit on the tour: