Expanding into international markets

Our exporting programme offers a number of support packages that will help you make the most of exporting opportunities, whichever stage you're at.

Grow your business internationally 

One of the most effective ways for you to grow your business is by internationalising, by entering new markets or by growing your existing exports. We can offer you advice, information and funding to help you every step of the way.

Exporting support for beginners

We understand that exporting for the first time can seem daunting, 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 our export adviser or attend one of our many workshops.

Support for companies already exporting

If your business is already trading internationally, you can take advantage of our expert advice and workshop programme to strengthen your strategy, upskill your employees, develop trading skills, or acquire specific market knowledge.

Get advice from an Export Adviser

We work closely with Scotland’s national body for international trade, Scottish Development International, who have a team of export advisers available to help businesses across Scotland develop your international plans.

Stewart Miller is the export adviser for the Highlands and Islands and should be the first point of contact for new and inexperienced exporters.

Exporting support for beginners

Doing business overseas can be complicated. Whatever your industry sector and wherever you want to export, we have experts who can set you on the right track and a number of workshops and training programmes to support your growth.

Exporting for beginners

Support for those already exporting

We have number of advisory services, workshops and tools that can help you strengthen your export offering.

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Market Awareness Events

Our market awareness events usually run for half a day or a full day, and feature speakers who share invaluable information and insights on doing business with or in a specific country or region. We’ve run market awareness courses on Canada, the US, the Nordics, France, Germany and Ireland to name but a few.  

Who are they for?

Any company who wants to know more about doing business in a specific country or economic region.

How your company benefits

  • Gain valuable insights from a range of specialists
  • Learn more about support available to you from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International
  • Hear from a local business that’s successfully tapped into the market
  • Find out about any upcoming market visits
  • Make contacts in your chosen target market
  • Network with like-minded companies

See what's available in our events section, filter by exporting. 

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Contact our export advisor

Our export advisor provides 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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Dunnet Bay Distillers

Find out about Dunnet Bay Distillery's exporting journey

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