Financial assistance to explore new export markets


Are there any schemes available for small businesses exploring new export markets? For example assistance with travel expenses when meeting potential new businesses overseas?


Dear Iona,

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has a programme called Passport to Export. . This programme is an assessment and skills-based programme that provides new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas. The programme puts together in one simple responsive process all the tools that exporting companies need to grow their business.

Companies receive an in-depth capability assessment and face to face training from export professionals. This will help them understand the stages of export in relation to your own business, and develop a focused action plan. Passport can also help with market selection, market research and support for visits to potential markets

You can read more about the programme at

If you wish to speak to your local International Trade Adviser the hotline number is 0845 05 05 054 and we can set up an appointment.

Kind regards,

Kevin Southern
UK Trade & Investment
North East

Export Action Plan