UKTI Services

UK Trade and Investment

UK Trade annd Investment provide a wide range of services to help UK businesses export.

International Trade Advisors

UKTI’s International Trade Teams are located in over 40 local offices around the country. Every UK region also has dedicated sector specialists who can provide support tailored to your industry.

An International Trade Adviser will provide professional advice on a range of our services, including financial subsidies, export documentation, contacts in overseas markets, overseas visits, e-commerce, export training and market research.

Meeting with a trade expert face-to-face, you’ll be able to ask questions, assess your capabilities from a fresh perspective, and plan possible next steps for your company.

Take the first step, and contact your local International Trade Team to find out more about all of UKTI’s services (listed below), and their suitability for your business. You’ll find a list of UKTI’s regional offices at or use UKTI’s postcode searcher, labelled as "Contacts in your Region" on its export landing page.

Passport to Export

UKTI’s Passport to Export Service assesses a company’s readiness for international business, and helps it build international trade capacity.

Passport to Export is an assessment and skills-based programme that provides new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas. The programme puts together in one simple responsive process all the tools that exporting companies need to grow their business.

Companies receive an in-depth capability assessment, and face to face training from export professionals. This will help them understand the stages of export in relation to your own business, and develop a focused action plan. Passport can also help with market selection, market research and support for visits to potential markets.

Gateway to Global Growth

Gateway to Global Growth is a UKTI service which helps experienced exporters to diversify into new markets. It offers a 12 month programme of strategic support tailored to your needs to help grow your company’s business overseas. Solutions could be complex, requiring both UKTI’s services and those offered by other public or private sector organisations.

OMIS – Overseas Market Introduction Service

UKTI’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) is a flexible business tool, letting you use the services of our trade teams, located in our embassies, high commissions and consulates across the world, to benefit your business.

UKTI’s overseas staff are at the heart of the service because of their local language skills, market knowledge and extensive political and commercial contacts.

Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced exporter, a broad range of elements can be combined to suit your individual needs. OMIS, which provides substantial discounts, can provide help at any stage – from initial research, to arranging a market visit, to using our contacts and impressive facilities to help close a major deal.

Most UKTI exporting customers go on to win additional sales of £600,000 within two years when they use UKTI’s tailored overseas market research.

Tradeshow Access Programme

Taking part in overseas exhibitions is an effective way for you to test markets, attract customers, appoint agents or distributors and make sales. UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible SME firms to attend trade shows overseas.

Participation is usually as part of a group, a great advantage for inexperienced businesses, and is usually led by one of our Accredited Trade Association (ATOs). ATOs work with UKTI to raise the profile of UK groups and sectors at key exhibitions. View our events calendar for 2013 at

Open to Export

Open to Export is a new, innovative online community, which was launched in October 2012. Open to Export brings together exporters, with public and private sector service providers all together in a single place. Through this excellent resource, companies can access Government advice with that of existing exporters, prospective exporters and private sector providers.

Head Start

Headstart offers practical in-market support for SMEs, including access to office space and locally established expertise. The scheme offers facilitated access to local business networks and social events; and introductions with established local UK companies. Benefits include practical on-the-ground assistance to new entrants, while those unfamiliar with the market can benefit from the expertise and contacts of companies or key individuals who have experience of the local issues. Current markets include Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. To find out more visit the BritCham Indonesia website, BritCham Singapore website or the BritCham Thailand website.

Business Opportunity Alerts

Export sales leads are the lifeblood of any business, which is why our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates are always looking for opportunities for UK businesses.

Over 400 Business Opportunities are published across all sectors and in over 100 markets each month, ranging from private sector opportunities, multilateral aid agency tenders to public sector leads.

As a UK company, when you register with our website we can put in contact with the companies who’ve posted these opportunities. UKTI staff will be on hand to supply further support and services should you need them.

Register today to receive regular business opportunities alerts direct to your inbox or via RSS.

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