Export Academy to help South West businesses reach full potential in overseas markets

By Nick Batten on 5 January, 2021

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a free programme aimed at helping South West businesses to grow internationally.

The Export Academy will 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. International trade experts will host a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.

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.

Phil Winton, Operations Director at Yeovil based Griff lvd Limited has taken part in the Export Academy. He said, “The broad range of topics covered was 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. The courses were in bitesize hour chunks, so it was easy for me to fit into my schedule.”

Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of Trade in the South West, described the Export Academy as “perfect” for smaller businesses wanting to take their first steps into exporting and for those looking to further grow their export sales.

He added, “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.”

Businesses can find out more about the Export Academy here.

For further information on DIT’s exporting support and international opportunities, visit www.great.gov.uk.

Companies in the South West can find out about their export options and contact one of DIT’s International Trade Advisers by visiting www.businesswest.co.uk/department-international-trade-south-west.