Research shows that companies who export their products and services overseas achieve stronger financial performance than those who focus purely on domestic markets; when you begin to export, you can grow your business faster.

But exporting can be scary. How do you make sure you get paid? How do you find the correct documentation you need? How do you find out about specific country legislation?

If you would like to export your products to markets overseas, we can put you in touch with people who can help answer all these questions. We can also introduce you to other business leaders who can share their experiences with you.


(Previously UKTI)


Helping companies win business overseas

The Department of International Trade (DIT) can offer a wide range of services and activities to help you trade successfully overseas.  For impartial and tailored advice from an experienced and locally based International Trade Advisor or local knowledge from one of the Market Experts based in many of the Embassies around the world contact DIT:

By Telephone: 08452 789600

Or call International Trade Adviser Lev Denker on 07904 883425

By email info@uktisoutheast.com

Or lev.denker@uktisoutheast.com

Or visit www.ukti.gov.uk/southeast

DIT can give you access to:

  • Market intelligence
  • Information, contacts and advice
  • A network of over 100 Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions
  • Major buyers, Governments and supply chains
  • Overseas trade fairs
  • Business leads and international contracts
  • Joint ventures and partnerships

Plus specific coaching programmes including:

  • Passport to Export – for inexperienced exporters
  • Gateway to Global Growth – for experienced exporters
  • Export Marketing Research – to learn about your target market
  • Export Communications Review – to help your team deal with cultural and linguistic challenges in your target market
  • Overseas Market Introduction Service – to provide you with bespoke market intelligence


Export Documentation


You will require certified documents to export items to the EC and beyond. Please contact our colleagues at Sussex Chamber of Commerce to supply this documentation at their Chamber member rate.

Alternatively, call them on 01444 259259 or email them at export@sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk

Enterprise Europe Network – South East

The Enterprise Europe Network helps local companies practice better business in Europe by offering trading advice, links with partners to co-develop your technology, or helping you find like-minded innovators (think she means investors here?) to join your funding bid.

Funding EEN offers guidance on accessing European R&D funding
Advice EEN provides information and practical advice on trading in Europe
Public sector EEN will help you access European tenders and contracts
Partner Finder The EEN database will help you find suitable business partners
The Radar Sign up for email alerts regarding European business opportunities

Operating in 50 countries the EEN has helped 4,500 SMEs find international partners to transfer technology, and research and develop successful trade links. They can also help you protect your intellectual property , acquire EU funding and understand European markets and legislation.

To meet an Enterprise Europe Network trade advisor, contact Paul Toben on 07715 071610.  Alternatively, email him on p.toben@oxin.co.uk.

For more information see their website: www.enterpriseeurope-se.eu/xse/