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Department for International Trade

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) is a government department responsible for creating and extending trade agreements between the UK and other countries, as well as encouraging foreign investment and supporting UK businesses to export. Its global commercial reach covers over 100 countries, and its trade support services are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Whether you're new to exporting or a seasoned pro, DIT is dedicated to helping you build your business overseas. 


Local support

DIT also organises local events, masterclasses and clinics across the country, and Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland businesses can access its team of international trade advisers for free. Along with providing impartial, confidential export advice, its advisers can signpost you to other useful services to support you in your exporting journey. In the East Midlands, DIT has a team of 22 advisers covering the five counties of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. 


What sectors can DIT's local advisers support?

  • Sectors that DIT's local advisers can support include:
  • Transport equipment and advanced manufacturing
  • Construction and environmental technologies 
  • Food and drink
  • Biotechnology and healthcare
  • High performance technology and education


DIT also has topic specialists, who can help businesses with areas such as e-commerce and market research.

For an initial appointment with a DIT adviser, email or call 0345 222 0159.


Race to a Trillion

DIT is challenging government and UK businesses to Race to a Trillion, with the united goal of raising UK exports to £1 trillion every year.

The government aims to meet this target in 12 ways:


Export Support Service

The Export Support Service (ESS) is DIT’s end-to-end service that supports businesses exporting to Europe. An expansion is planned for this service, which will support businesses as they export to all markets.


Supporting exporters across the UK

DIT has opened new offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as a second DIT headquarters in Darlington. These offices will help to extend DIT’s trade support to all areas of the UK.


Financial support for exporters

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial unity across Europe. It does so by correcting imbalances between included regions and enables a greener, more competitive, more joined-up Europe. Its Internalisation Fund is offering 7,500 SMEs in England financial support to help internationalise their business.


UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is expanding its products and delivery network to help ensure no credible UK export fails due to a lack of funding or insurance.


Government-to-government partnerships

Government departments that facilitate exporting are taking a joint approach, linking governments and businesses through DIT’s global network.


UK Export Academy

DIT is expanding its pilot Export Academy, and now offers tailored training programmes and digital resources to assist businesses in navigating the intricacies of trading overseas.


Our exporting networks

DIT is expanding its community of Export Champions, helping businesses to learn from exporting successes and build their business overseas via business-to-business networking and peer learning.


Made in the UK, Sold to the World

Made in the UK, Sold to the World promotes the government’s priority sectors with the aim of doubling UK exports and helping businesses to take advantage of untapped opportunities overseas.


UK Trade Show Programme

DIT is piloting a new tradeshow scheme, the UK Tradeshow Programme (UKTP), to increase efforts to promote UK PLC at global tradeshows. Find out more about the UK Tradeshow Programme here.


Making exporting easier

DIT is placing exporting at the centre of reforms regarding regulation, cross-government measures and regulatory diplomacy, with the goal of building perfect conditions for UK exporters to flourish.


Access to global networks

DIT is taking advantage of the UK government’s presence in more than 180 countries to deliver sector and market-specific advice to forward-thinking, high-growth businesses, helping them to grow their business internationally.


Opening Markets Worldwide

DIT is opening new markets for exporters via trade deals, with the target of covering 80% of the UK trade by the close of 2022. This includes removing market access barriers.


Export Champions

The Midlands Export Champions represent companies right across the Midlands who are dedicated to growing their exports and who have made a commitment to helping other companies do the same. The Export Champions work with the Department for International Trade to complement their services and assist other businesses on their export journeys.

In Lincolnshire, our Champions are:


Andrew Vear  - Badges Limited

Liz Villani - Courageous Success Limited

Matt Gilmartin - Concept Smokescreen Limited

Michael Brunton - Henley Associates Ltd

Rob King - Northcore Limited

Sandra Murphy - Equidiet (UK) Limited


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