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.

Preparing to Export

A one or two day workshop for companies of all sectors that are thinking about exporting for the first time or are in the early stages of exporting. Benefit from invaluable tools, expertise and insights to help develop your export capabilities and grow your business.

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Selling Online Internationally

If your business is already selling online, or you’re thinking about starting an online sales operation, why not consider the international marketplace? With the right information, set-up and skills, your business could capitalise on the wealth of opportunities available beyond the UK.

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Developing your International Tourism Markets

This workshop is aimed at tourism businesses in the early stages of developing or growing their international tourism markets. The workshop will help you to attract more international visitors – and understand why international visitors can be good for business.

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Market Awareness Events

Our market awareness events focus on specific countries or regions, offering an insight from expert trainers and speakers about doing business there.

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Get advice from our Export Advisory Service

Our team of export advisers can help in three key areas:

  • Free advice
  • Access to funding
  • Sharing information

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.

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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.