The Open to Export Action Plan is a simple step-by-step online planning tool which asks you to complete tasks and set actions, helping you to establish what you need to know and do to start selling overseas.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve had about it.
The Export Action Plan is for small businesses investigating exporting for the first time or planning to export to a new country. The competition is for companies with fewer than 50 employees only.
It is FREE to do – all you need to do is register to use it.
The Export Action Plan can take as long as you need.
We do encourage you to consider properly the prompts and resources carefully and to think through your answers and actions. You will gain more from the tool if you really think about the details and ramifications of exporting in each section.
Your plan automatically saves as you go along, allowing you to take breaks, go away to research your answers, and return to the plan at a later time or even date.
In the tool, you will also be able to see the latest time at which your plan has been most recently and automatically saved.
One thing to note is that you will be logged out of the tool if you have been inactive within it for an hour. Your latest responses will, however, have been saved.
Your Action Plan is private and can only be accessed by your account. Only if you share your PDF report or submit your completed Action Plan report to our competition will anyone else be able to view it.
You can share it by generating a PDF report of your report which you can then send to your adviser – by email or in paper form.
At the end of the section, when you complete your actions, you will see a button saying ‘Generate your Action Plan’. Click this and a PDF version of your report will be downloaded to your computer – but only once you have completed all the sections.
You can complete the sections in any order but you can only generate a report once you have completed all the sections.
If for any reason you experience any technical difficulties, please email email@example.com and we will help resolve any issues you have as quickly as possible. If possible, please send us a phone number with which we can contact you to talk through the issue you are encountering.
If you are finding it difficult to complete a question because it is hard to understand or you don’t have the ability or resource needed to answer it properly, please go to our Ask the experts forum. You will already be signed up to this as a registered user on the site.
We advise you to take your Export Action Plan to your local DIT trade adviser to discuss further how you can implement your plan. You can find your local regional DIT trade adviser on the DIT website.