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Tailored Covid-19 Business Support from Designated International Trade Advisers

We have over 30 International Trade Advisers who have extensive experience specialised in multiple markets and industries. Having your own designated adviser will support your business quickly return to the international market after the impact of Covid-19.

Support with your international trade strategy post-Covid-19

Numerous North West businesses have now returned to trading overseas by accellerating their digital transformation. Our advisers are experts in digital marketing, e-commerce, international supply chain and logistics as well as finance. They will be able to support you with creating a return strategy or a reimagine strategy to help you get back on your feet.

Finance Support

Our advisers can give you personal guidance to apply for Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes as well as Business Bounce Back Loan Schemes through our accredited partners.

We have a network of financial partners including Growth Company Business Finance, GC Angels to help you apply for these loan schemes. We can also help you with other grants and funding relevant to international trade and export.

Free Events and Webinars

Virtual events and webinars organised by the Department for International Trade to help you get back to trading overseas

Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2021

Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2021

Discover the benefits the UK’s Most Prestigious Business Awards can bring to your business.
Join the Department for International Trade North West for a free webinar discussing the benefits the Queen's Awards for Enterprise can bring to a business.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the highest award available for businesses in the UK. Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.
Northern Powerhouse Virtual Clean Growth Trade Mission to Chile

Northern Powerhouse Virtual Clean Growth Trade Mission to Chile

GC International Trade is delivering a virtual trade mission for businesses on behalf of The Department for International Trade to help companies working on the Clean Growth agenda explore Chile as an international market.

ERDF Developing International Trade Online workshops

ERDF Developing International Trade Online Workshops

The workshops are fully-funded by European Reggional Development Fund, aimed at businesses which are new to international trade to provide guidance and advice to help you kickstart your international growth.

ERDF business webinar

ERDF Growing Your Business Internationally Workshops

Join this programme of 2 full day workshops to learn about developing sales overseas, researching new opportunities, finding new partners and customers, and ensuring you get paid.

Our Covid-19 International Trade Updates

North West businesses continue growth with Japan

On 22 October the government announced that it had signed a new UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) - the UK’s first Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that goes beyond its existing EU deal.

The deal can benefit more than 700 businesses in the North West that exported to Japan last year and encourage new business.

EU Transition: Prepare for change

The UK has left the EU and the transition period is ending.
Whilst the UK negotiates additional arrangements with trading partners, businesses can take action to prepare for change. New rules will come into affect from January 2021.

Going Global: How can service businesses scale internationally?

A guide for entrepreneurs and SMEs based in the North, to help sell their services to overseas markets. Expanding into new markets is one of the most powerful tools available to organisations, when driving business growth.

Moving Online is Key to Helping Companies Thrive

Some organisations are undoubtedly faring better than others under the challenging business landscape, and one thing that many of the high performers seem to have in common is that they all have a strong online presence… or they’ve created one as part of their crisis response