Exporting, what’s in it for me?
You’re right to ask, especially as international trade may be at the forefront of your mind given the recent decision for the UK to leave the European Union.

Every company’s experience of exporting is different. But the good news is that – whatever your size – the rewards from selling your products and services overseas can be huge.

The benefits of selling internationally can include:

More customers – tapping into a global demand
Increased profitability – trading overseas can often drive higher profit margins
Faster growth – selling overseas could help your business grow at a faster rate
Innovation – working in more than one country can help drive new ideas
More resilient – spreading risk can help manage changes in demand or market conditions

About the Department for International Trade
With a global commercial reach that extends into over 100 countries, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Government department that supports UK businesses in their internationalisation.

The region also sits within the Midlands Engine which is a Government initiative bringing together the West and East Midlands as an engine for growth for the UK economy. The Midlands Engine runs events and trade visits to enable businesses to export more goods and services and grow their overall productivity.

The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce delivers DIT international trade support and services to Birmingham based businesses of any size (from SMEs to larger corporates) or export experience (from new to experienced exporters).

A team of five experienced International Trade Advisers, based at the Chamber provide free, impartial and confidential export advice, guidance, planning and signposting to the most appropriate DIT services to support your business in its international development.

Under the support for new exporters header, the text is muddled up, it should be: 

– Access online training, view country guides and explore export opportunities.

– An online forum and resource for exporters. First-time exporters may be interested to draw up an export plan using, a free advice service for exporters.

– A new online tool for companies that want to learn the fundamentals about exporting delivered in short video modules on key topics

International Trade Advisers 
The team of International Trade Advisers are here to help you with everything you need for export success. With years of experience and an enviable track record, they can help you assess your capabilities, identify potential markets and develop an export strategy aimed at successfully exploiting the global marketplace.

Jane Matty
Lead International Trade Adviser
Jane has been supporting businesses with all aspects of doing business overseas for nearly 20 years.  She has worked with a wide range of companies covering all sizes, business sectors and export experience during this time and has an extensive knowledge of Department for International Trade services and support.  Before joining the Chamber in 1999, Jane worked for 2 local manufacturing businesses heading up their export sales and marketing.

Cheryl Boxall
International Trade Adviser
Cheryl has worked in international trade for 10 years and supports SME businesses in Birmingham & Solihull to grow their exports. Cheryl helps first time exporters and more experienced exporters to managing risks and identify new opportunities across a variety of business sectors. She has experience of businesses procurement in the international aid and development sector, with past experience delivering UK Trade & Investment’s (now Department for International Trade) Aid Funded Business Service. 

Ann Cook
International Trade Adviser
Ann has been an International Trade Adviser for the Department for International Trade for the past 4 years and supports a wide range of SME businesses across the West Midlands to achieve their export goals. Before working with DIT she worked on an EU funded programme in the West Midlands offering funding, support and advice to companies trading internationally.  Prior to this she has a wealth of experience working for private and public sector organisations in the UK and overseas, as well as running my own successful design business. 

Giuliana Pipola 
International Trade Adviser 
An International Trade Adviser for six years with ten years export experience as Director of International Business working for a Fast Track 100 Company based in Coventry, managing corporate partnerships across the globe.  Giuliana has worked with businesses across all sectors to advise and support them with their international growth plans.”

Pete West
International Trade Adviser 
13 years’ experience assisting West Midlands based companies to grow their business through international trade.  A qualified automotive engineer with 15 years’ experience in manufacturing and business process improvement at all levels of OEM & Tier 1 supply, including MG Rover, JLR & The London Taxi Company. 

The Department for International Trades calendar of events is updated regularly with both UK and overseas events as well as overseas missions.

To view the upcoming schedule please visit:  https://events.great.gov.uk

SME International Growth Project
If you’re looking to internationalise your business or want to expand your exporting horizons, help is at hand from the SME International Growth Project. This project is delivered by West Midlands Chamber of Commerce (WMCC) funded through ERDF. Ideal for West Midlands businesses, the project offers financial support to help you grow your export programmes and trade overseas.

For eligible businesses, grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to help you grow overseas.

For more information, please email erdf@wmchambers.co.uk or call 0121 607 1770.

They can do it, you can too
The international trade teamwork with many companies in your region that helping them to meet their export potential. Why not have a read of the stories below to see how DIT helped:

"Birmingham-based bridal wear brand Rachel Simpson is making its mark on Japanese weddings, with the company now selling its products across Japan with support from the Department for International Trade.” Click here to read the full story.

"A Birmingham-based bullion dealer is exporting for the first time to Europe and the US with the launch of new international websites, thanks to support from the Department for International Trade.” Click here to read the full story.

"Birmingham business Active Hands supplied its gripping aids to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games with DIT support. The gripping aids are used by athletes competing in curling and sit-ski competitions.” Click here to read the full story.

Get in touch
To get in touch with your local team, please call 0345 222 0159 or email info@tradewm.co.uk.

You can also follow DIT WM on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The local office details for this region are:
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce,
75 Harborne Road,
Birmingham B15 3DH
T: 0345 222 0159

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