International Trade for Beginners
HIE understands that doing business overseas can be complicated, and that’s where we can help. Whatever your industry sector, wherever you want to export, and whatever scale of operations you have in mind, we’ve got the expertise to set you on the right track. As a starting point you can speak to one of our export advisers or attend one of our many workshops.
HIE runs a series of free workshops* that enable companies new to international trade to get the information they need from relevant experts. You can attend as many workshops as you wish. Select the ones relevant to your needs, and click for more information plus a list of available dates and locations.
Get advice from our Export Advisory Service
Our team of export advisers can help in three key areas:
Access to funding
They will provide impartial advice to help you understand overseas business practices and make the most of the services and support available, so you have the knowledge and skills to trade successfully in international markets.
Find out more
Would you like to learn about exporting online?
ExportSavvy is a new online tool for SMEs who want to learn about exporting.
Developed out of the real-life experiences of SME exporters, Export Savvy offers flexible access to practical information and advice – the know-how which will help underpin your company’s export success. The service can help your business to get started in international trade and increase export capabilities while helping you save time and money.
How you choose to learn is up to you. Browse the specific subject areas to develop your thinking, watch short films and case studies for inspiration or read the checklists and guides to keep your business on track. Six step-by-step modules will help deepen your knowledge across a range of topics:
Exploring your export potential
Preparing your business for export
Selecting and managing overseas partners
Legal, financial and logistical considerations
Communication and marketing
If you can’t get along to our exporting workshops, or you would like to supplement your learning, Export Savvy offers you flexibility to learn the nuts and bolts of exporting at a time that suits you.
Get started by registering at https://www.exportsavvy.co.uk/scotland/hie
Get fast, practical help with exporting
Do you need help or advice with some of the more technical aspects of exporting? We can put you in touch with an international trade specialist who will give you free one to one support on topics such as customs, export documentation, regulation, taxation and logistics.
For quick support and advice, call 0300 013 5107 or complete our short enquiry form.
How other Highlands and Islands businesses have benefited from early-stage exporting advice
Learn more: try our YouTube channel for more information on how to export, available support and specific market advice.
*These courses are free of charge, but because some are a form of EU State Aid, they could count towards your overall De Minimis Aid allowance.