Where can I get help?
Mike Josypenko, Director of Special Projects for the Institute of Export, shares his go-to resources and useful contacts for UK businesses getting started selling overseas.
A great place to start is Open to Export’s Export Bootcamp, which I was involved in last year. It’s a free, four part webinar series that gives first timers a good grounding to get up to speed with exporting and help them shape their export plan going forward.
The Institute of Export is also a great export resource, helping thousands of individuals and companies to trade effectively in international markets through practical advice and information, training and professional qualifications.
There are other many other useful resources including Department for International Trade, the British Chambers of Commerce and Open to Export’s commercial partner HSBC’s knowledge centre. Also, don’t overlook other opportunities such as trade missions and attending events, such as DIT’s Export Week. Talking directly to friendly competitors who work in similar fields is also often overlooked.
However, when all’s said and done, there’s no substitute for experience, so at some point you’ll just have to jump in. You’ll find, through Open to Export and other groups, there’s a community of people who want to help you succeed. Best of luck!