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British Council

Aims to build enduring partnerships between British and other cultures, and achieves this by creating opportunities to connect with the latest skills, ideas and experience from the UK.

Business Link

Provides a wide range of advice, services and initiatives for start-up and growing businesses, including help with exporting.

Department for International Development (DFID)

The International Trade Department in DFID seeks to promote greater participation in international trade by developing countries, and provides advice on how to approach these markets

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

The DTI's aim is to improve British companies' competitiveness in domestic and international markets. Relevant areas of activity include:
World Trade
Export Control Organisation
Action Single Market

Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD)

Official UK export credit agency. Provides finance facilities, credit insurance, overseas investment insurance, and support for small and medium-sized exporters.

Export Market Research service

Trade Partners UK provides support to companies undertaking export marketing research; this is managed by the British Chambers of Commerce. You can access free, professional and independent advice about researching export markets, as well as receive financial subsidies of up to 50% towards research costs.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Aims to promote the national interests of the UK and to contribute to a strong world community

HM Customs and Excise

Administers or enforces controls on the international movement of goods. Provides information and advice on customs, excise, VAT, tariff classifications, Intrastat, legal procedures, imports, exports, etc.

Invest UK

The government's inward investment agency, Invest.UK helps the world's companies set up or expand business from a British base.

Scottish Trade International

Responsible for the promotion of trade and exports in Scotland.

Simpler Trade Procedures Board (SITPRO)

The UK's national trade facilitation agency. SITPRO offers a wide range of services, including advice and training, free publications and checklists covering various international trading practices. It also manages the UK aligned system of export documents.

Trade Partners UK

Helps UK firms to secure overseas sales and investments. Wide range of information, advice and services available, including an online Sales Leads Service and the UK's Suppliers Database.

Wales Trade International

Provides a full range of export development services.

Association of Language Excellence Centres

The only professional body in the UK for business language training.

British Chambers of Commerce

Provides a wide range of support for exporters including: marketing research, country profiles, electronic certificates of origin, training, logistics and export procedures.

British International Freight Association

Represents the UK international freight services industry.

British Standards Institution (BSI)

Helps exporters to reduce the technical barriers to trade by identifying and supplying the latest information on standards, regulations, inspection companies, packaging and labelling requirements.

Freight Transport Association

Represents the transport interests of over 11,000 UK companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. The British Shippers’ Council is a strategic policy-making arm of the FTA, comprising of businesses that require international freight transport, logistics, distribution and shipping services.

Institute of Export

The institute aims to set and raise professional standards in international trade management and export practice.

Institute of Translation & Interpreting
The only independent professional association of practising translators and interpreters in the UK.

UK Centre of Exporting Excellence
Access to the British Exporters Database and Directory.


Euro Info Centres

They aim to inform, advise and assist SMEs in all Europe-related areas while taking into account the great variety of enterprises concerned.

Euro Information

The official Treasury SME euro resource.


The free portal to European Union law.

European Shippers' Council

Represents the interests of companies trading in Europe as users of freight transport services.

European Union

Provides up-to-date information on EU affairs, including: trade policy, legislation, directives, and the euro.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

A worldwide business organisation, ICC promotes an open international trade and investment system. Because its member companies and associations are themselves engaged in international business, ICC has unrivalled authority in making rules that govern the conduct of business across borders.

ICC also publishes Incoterms - the standard trade definitions used in international contracts -
International Trade Centre (ITC)

An executive agency of the United Nations Development Programme, ITC works with developing countries and economies in transition to set up effective trade promotion programmes for expanding their exports and improving their import operations.
World Bank

The world's largest source of development assistance, the bank works in more than 100 developing economies.
World Chambers Network

The worldwide chambers of commerce and industry initiative dedicated to international trade.
World Trade Organisation (WTO)

The only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. Their goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.


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