Exporting support 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.

Get ready to trade internationally 

HIE can help you prepare to do business internationally with a suite of support, including advice, information and funding. Find out more >

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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.

**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.




The International Trade support programme is part funded with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the ESIF Programme 2014-2020





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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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
  • eCommerce

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.

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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.

Businesses already benefitting from early-stage exporting advice

Learn more: try our YouTube channel for more information on how to export, available support and specific market advice.