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Explore Exporting for SMEs

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Do you have big dreams of taking your business overseas, but have no idea where to start? Our Explore Exporting programme is designed to help micro-to-small businesses to begin exporting and includes up to 30-hours of fully-funded support. 

The programme offers face-to-face advice sessions with our experienced export professional, along with a series of participatory workshops across the county.  

In these seven half-day workshops, a number of experts will demonstrate how exporting can help your business to grow, as well as ensure attendees are as prepared as possible to break into their target market.  

Topics covered include ‘Introduction to Export,’ ‘Introduction to International E-Commerce’ and ‘Introduction to Researching Export Markets,' with each session led by a seasoned export professional from the Department for International Trade. Attendees will leave with realistic action plan upon which to begin exporting, as well as recommendations to ensure their plan is profitable and sustainable in the long-term. 

Alongside these workshops, Business Lincolnshire's Export Adviser Mike Stokes - who has 30 years of experience as an international trade consultant – will be offering face-to-face guidance to businesses just beginning their export journey. Mike Stokes has joined the Department for International Trade team, specifically to help new and lapsed exporters as they start out on their exporting journey.

Mike is working with a variety of partner organisations to create new exporting interest amongst SMEs, as the UK seeks to exploit new export opportunities. He works closely alongside Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub Advisers, as well as the existing team of International Trade Advisers in Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Any new exporters can reach Mike on 07887 651394 or

The workshops and one-to-one advice are available to companies, partnerships, sole-traders and registered charities. Places are limited to two spots per business.

Sign up to an event or access adviser support

There are currently no Explore Exporting events in the calendar. However, the 30-hours of fully-funded support from our Export Adviser is still available. Email to find out more.