West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the constituency to consider selling goods overseas, with financial support provided by Department for International Trade.   

Building on a series of events MP Rosie hosted with DIT last year for businesses based in West Lancashire, there is now a package of support available to SMEs who wish to grow their organisation, or simply grow their customer base by expanding to include export trade.   

  • Export Support Servicefirst point of contact for UK businesses looking to find answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe 
  • UK Export Academya free, comprehensive training offer available to UK businesses with a product or service that can be sold internationally. The UK Export Academy’s foundation course, market access events, sector specific webinars and masterclasses give businesses the knowledge and skills to sell to customers around the world by learning from experts in international trade 
  • UK Tradeshow Programmehelp businesses to maximise their impact at international tradeshows, whether as exhibitors or visitors 
  • UK Export FinanceUK’s world-class export credit agency. UKEF work with the Department for International Trade, Her Majesty’s Treasury and over 70 private lenders and credit insurers to support UK businesses that export

In addition, businesses can access DIT’s International Trade Advisors who help companies to develop and succeed in their overseas business, or the North West Local Trade Team who can be contacted at info@trade.nw.org  

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: 
“Businesses across West Lancashire have been hard at work, growing their company despite the backdrop of the global pandemic and coming to terms with new regulations and documentation following Brexit.   

“But for those who are currently only selling goods within the UK, this is a great opportunity to drive up sales through considering markets abroad and taking full advantage of the range of support available through the Department for International Trade to enable SMEs to do so.   

“Sales and business growth here in West Lancashire can only help to grow our local economy and provide jobs for West Lancashire residents, so I’d urge anyone considering moves to sell overseas to go for it.” 

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