Creative meets Tech – 2017 feature

Open to Export is partnering with key industry bodies in the creative and tech sectors – including the Department for International Trade (DIT), techUK, and the China-Britain Business Council – for a month of webinars, guides, case studies and updates from the sector.


We are working with the China-Britain Business Council to deliver two webinars for businesses in the sector looking to enter or grow further in the China market. These webinars will be addressing IP and ecommerce/retail best practice on November 22nd and 23rd.

14 November 10am: Protecting your IP and working with partners in China  – watch now

23 November 2pm: Selling into China – ecommerce and retail tips – watch now

6 months on from winning the competition – four three six

export action plan winner - four three six

A mix of record label, art curator and fashion label, four three six get artists to make designs for producers and in turn these designs are turned into wearable tech – or as founder Andy McAlister demonstrated, t-shirts. Inside the t-shirt, is a code through which you can download the initial inspiration for the t-shirt – the EP – online.

6 months on interview

Final report

Innovate 2017

innovate 2017

Come and find out about the future of industry and meet with other entrepreneurs, investors and business experts.

Innovate UK’s flagship event returns from 8 to 9 November 2017, taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham. By attending, you will have the chance to meet some of the best and brightest innovators from the UK and internationally, network with investors, share ideas and get inspired.

A discounted rate of £95 for a one day ticket or £125 for 2 days is available until 8 September 2017. After this date, prices will rise to £150 for one day and £199 for both.

This is the ninth Innovate event. Last year’s – held in Manchester – saw more than 2,500 innovators, investors and academics come together.

Buy your ticket

UK Creative Industries: International Strategy

Brochure published by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) (now part of the Department for International Trade) and the Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group (which includes representatives from across the UK’s creative industries).

The UK Creative Industries International Strategy is part of the Creative Industries Council’s (CIC) strategy for growth. It will be implemented jointly by government and industry.

Read the full guide


techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 950 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.

It does this by helping members to:

Develop Markets
techUK works with its members to identify and advance innovation in the key markets representing the most significant opportunities for growth both domestically and internationally.

Develop Relationships and Networks
techUK helps companies broaden their network, build connections and deepen relationships with potential customers, partners and suppliers.

Reduce Business Costs
techUK works with our members to identify and help shape key public policy issues to optimise our industry’s economic potential–both domestically and overseas.

Reduce Business Risks
techUK affords unique insights on key issues to help members make more informed decisions—and ensure a competitive edge in their markets.

tech uk export support

Creative Nation

This brochure highlights the winning skills and experience that makes the UK’s creative industries a first-class supplier and partner to markets across the globe.

UK creativity inspires the world, producing a stream of brilliant individuals and creative teams who are hugely influential in global media, entertainment and the arts.

Read the full guide

Upcoming DIT events

Mipcom TV Cannes Monday, October 16, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017
Frankfurt Book Fair Publishing Frankfurt Thursday, October 19, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017
Womex Music Poznan Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Sunday, October 29, 2017
VR Developers Conference Multi San Francisco Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Wednesday, November 01, 2017
BDNY Design New York City Sunday, November 12, 2017 Monday, November 13, 2017
Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair Publishing Shanghai Friday, November 17, 2017 Sunday, November 19, 2017
Guadalajara International Book Fair Publishing Guadalajara Saturday, November 25, 2017 Sunday, December 03, 2017


Access multiple opportunities in the sector on the ExportingisGREAT website:

More Case Studies

Queen’s Award winners

From London to New York and Japan – Lumsden Design

Distributing music all over the world – Horus Music

Award winning jewellery makers – Merci Maman

DIT case studies

Shopitize rolls out globally

Brock Carmichael wins £500k in new business

Iskra win business in Macao

Christopher Raeburn – making it in Japan

Phonic Books increases exports by 25% following market research


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