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UK Trade and Investment is the UK government body that helps organisations to export their goods and services. They are a repository of information relating to many aspects of international trade and can give helpful advice and support. They have a programme called the Trade Challenge Partnership that is aimed at increasing exports and which the NMI is actively supporting as an accredited trade partner . If you are an NMI member then you will receive emails from us that originated from UKTI with topical information to help your export drive. There is also a wealth of data on the UKTI web site that should be explored, for example the many events and missions are listed at which can provide practical support in accessing foreign marketplaces. More links to useful UKTI information are shown below:

Talk to a UKTI trade advisor. The best place to start is arranging a meeting and seeing what UKTI can do for your business. It’s free too.

Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). Local experts will research overseas markets, advise on regulations, and introduce your company to potential customers.

Passport to Export. A programme specifically for supporting SMEs new to, or inexperienced in, exporting.

Overseas business risk report from FCO. A collection of guides to help you evaluate possible risks to your business abroad.

Export communications review. Get help overcoming language barriers and developing an effective international communications strategy.

Export market research scheme. Support and advice on carrying out overseas marketing research projects.

Business Opportunities. A database of tender requests and sales leads from overseas governments and businesses.

High value opportunities. Support for all companies to access global large-scale procurement projects.

Events and Missions. UKTI run a number of events at home and abroad, including trade missions, to help introduce your business to key contacts and to understand the requirements and support for export.

Trade Show Access Programme. Get financial support for attending tradeshows abroad.

Medium sized business programme. Medium-sized business support to begin exporting or to improve existing export operations.

e-Exporting. A programme dedicated to helping your business trade online.

Export Financial Advisor. Organise a free consultation with a financial advisor in your area.

Export Insurance Advisor. An online guide to putting in place export insurance and mitigating the risks of not being paid or being unable to fulfil export contracts.

Bond support scheme. An online guide on how UK Export Finance can provide a partial guarantee to banks in support of UK export contracts.

Bond insurance policy. An online guide on how to apply for a bond insurance policy from UK Export Finance.

Export Working Capital Scheme. An online guide to the Scheme which assists UK exporters to gain access to working capital finance by issuing partial guarantees to lender to mitigate credit risks.

Letter of Credit Guarantee Scheme. An online guide to applying to the Scheme, which guarantees up to 90% of a letter of credit from a foreign bank also confirmed by a UK bank.

Buyer credit facility. Online guide to UK Export Finance providing a loan to an overseas buyer to finance the purchase of goods and services >£5m from a UK exporter.

Direct lending facility. Online guide to UK Export Finance providing loans up to £3B in aggregate for purchase of goods and services from UK exporters.

UK Export Finance. The homepage for the agency which runs a number of financial support schemes for UK Exporters.

UK Trade Challenge Partners: Open to Export. The online community helping UK businesses get ready to sell overseas.