Export academy launched to support South West business growth

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The Department for International Trade has introduced a new Export Academy to support small businesses in the South West of England and provide them with the know-how and confidence to sell to customers around the world.

The programme has been designed for business owners who already have international customers, or those who are considering exporting in the future.

The course, which will be offered to businesses free of charge, will provide companies with the opportunity to learn directly from experts in international trade and fellow exporters through webinars, round table discussions, and mentoring sessions.

Business owners will leave the course with a customised export action plan to help grow their business in international markets.

The programme has been designed for both goods and services businesses, with sessions covering everything from selling online to managing international payments.

The broad range of topics covered were really useful as we have never worked in export before and we were led through each part of the process, which gave us an in-depth knowledge of each of the stages involved.

We were also signposted during the sessions to a variety of different information sources which have been tremendously useful.

A was the fact the courses were in bitesize hour chunks, so it was easy for me to fit into my schedule.

Phil Winton, Operations Director, Griff lvd Limited in Yeovil

The Export Academy is perfect for smaller businesses wanting to take their first steps into exporting and for those looking to further grow their export sales. 

By supporting SMEs in the region we hope they will be able to look ahead with confidence and reach their full potential in overseas markets.

Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of Trade in the South West

Businesses can find out more about the Export Academy here.

For further information on DIT’s exporting support and international opportunities, visit the Exporting is Great landing page. Companies in the South West can find out about their export options and contact one of DIT’s International Trade Advisers by visiting the Department for International Trade (South West) page.

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