International Trade News

Wolverhampton to host global growth workshops for would-be SME exporters

Wolverhampton to host global growth workshops for would-be SME exporters

A series of workshops aimed at West Midlands businesses that want to start exporting their goods or services are to begin later this month. Organised by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce’s ERDF
Export finance: what you need to know

Export finance: what you need to know

Money money money – it’s at the heart of every business and the word on many people’s minds. It can be the make or break of a business so it’s important to minimise any risks when dealing
Get the most out of your export dream team

Get the most out of your export dream team

Ready to expand your international operations? There are plenty of people who could be a crucial part of your exporting team. The right squad can help bring in the profits and make that exporting
The exciting world of water treatment opportunities

The exciting world of water treatment opportunities

With summer approaching, it’s important to keep hydrated in the heat. Across the globe, water will be an essential when temperatures start to rise. But in some countries there’s still a high
Export Opportunities: Israel

Export Opportunities: Israel

UK food exports are at an all time high, with more British manufactured food products being exported than ever before. Our love for all things food is mirrored by Israel, where there are fantastic
Gulf export roadshow to head to West Midlands

Gulf export roadshow to head to West Midlands

With UK exports to the Middle East growing by 56% in the past decade, West Midlands businesses are being encouraged to tap into the potential of trading with Gulf markets. A Meet the Experts event
West Mids companies ‘keen to export to South East Asia’

West Mids companies ‘keen to export to South East Asia’

More than 20 West Midlands companies have made their first steps towards trading with countries in South East Asia after meeting export experts who flew in from the region. The Fast-Track Your Growth
SME International Growth Fund to host export growth masterclasses

SME International Growth Fund to host export growth masterclasses

A series of masterclasses aimed at getting businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire confident enough to export their goods and services is being launched in Hereford. Funded by ERDF SME
EBS – helping to create inward investment opportunities

EBS – helping to create inward investment opportunities

About European Business Solutions Based at Warwick Science Park, at the University of Warwick, European Business Solutions (EBS) was launched in 1991 to help companies set up in the UK or support
In conversation with Maxine Laceby from Absolute Collagen

In conversation with Maxine Laceby from Absolute Collagen

For our latest blog series we’re delving deeper into the minds of some exceptional entrepreneurs. We’ll find out what inspires them to drive their ideas forward, how they manage different aspects
How two friends are taking on the world – one pom pom at a time

How two friends are taking on the world – one pom pom at a time

Sometimes it’s the smallest object that can end up changing your life. Just ask interior trend experts and founders of Pom Pom Galore, Marisa and Kat. While working for an interiors company in
South East Asia trade experts to visit Birmingham to encourage exporters

South East Asia trade experts to visit Birmingham to encourage exporters

Trade advisers from six South East Asian countries are travelling to Birmingham next month (May 2018) to help local firms find new export opportunities. Organised by the ERDF SME International Growth
Quick fire questions with an International Trade Adviser

Quick fire questions with an International Trade Adviser

You’ll often hear us talk about our fantastic team of International Trade Advisers (ITAs). But what exactly do they do? And how can they help you on your exporting journey? We caught up with one of
Merlin Fireworks: UK manufacturing with a bang

Merlin Fireworks: UK manufacturing with a bang

If you’ve ever wondered what the best part of a firework display is for those who make it happen, Andy of Merlin Fireworks has the answer: “A lot of work goes into a display that may only
Pyon Products: making life easier for farmers across the globe

Pyon Products: making life easier for farmers across the globe

It’s hard to believe that a chat around the kitchen table could change your life, but that’s exactly what happened to Gill and Alan Dickison. After working in agriculture for over 30 years, they
West Midlands DIT and Western Union to help SMEs manage currency risk

West Midlands DIT and Western Union to help SMEs manage currency risk

Businesses that want to help minimise the impact of currency fluctuations when they export can take advantage of a new collaboration between the Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands
The Absolute Collage story: a Wolverhampton skincare brand taking on the world

The Absolute Collage story: a Wolverhampton skincare brand taking on the world

From Brompton Bicycles to The Cambridge Satchel Company, Britain has a long legacy of globally successful, kitchen table businesses. A new name to add to this ever-growing list is Absolute Collagen,
Why aren’t you exporting?

Why aren’t you exporting?

With British exports predicted to be worth £1 trillion per year by 2020, now is the perfect time to start selling your products abroad. But for many business owners, common myths about exporting
Five unusual products that are exported every day

Five unusual products that are exported every day

Businesses are exporting more goods abroad across every region of the UK. This means more fantastic products are making their way around the world – including those that are on the unusual side. In
Kick-start your global ambitions with a free drop in session

Kick-start your global ambitions with a free drop in session

Exporting is an exciting time for your business, but it can also feel a little daunting. That’s why we’re hosting one-to-one export clinics every two weeks to help local companies like yours go
SME International Growth Fund to host export growth masterclasses

SME International Growth Fund to host export growth masterclasses

A series of masterclasses aimed at getting West Midlands businesses confident enough to export their goods and services is being launched in Birmingham. Funded by ERDF SME International Growth
The Pyon Products story: from a family discussion to worldwide success

The Pyon Products story: from a family discussion to worldwide success

In the quaint village of Canon Pyon, Herefordshire, is a family-owned business that has found global success with its innovative products. Gill and Alan Dickson and their sons run Pyon Products – a
The Merlin Fireworks story: exporting with extra whoosh, fizzle and pop

The Merlin Fireworks story: exporting with extra whoosh, fizzle and pop

Its unique computer firing system means that the sky truly is the limit when it comes to visual effects. A night to remember Andy, Jon and Rob certainly started their business off with a bang.
How to grow your business with the SME International Growth Project

How to grow your business with the SME International Growth Project

If you’re looking to internationalise your business or want to expand your exporting horizons this year, help is at hand from the SME International Growth Project. This project is delivered by West
Ten unusual British products in global demand right now

Ten unusual British products in global demand right now

Exporting isn’t all car parts and medical supplies. And it isn’t just for big brands – there’s plenty of room for the niche, the unexpected and the wonderfully weird. From beer to boxing
Gulf market suppliers to meet Midlands life sciences sector

Gulf market suppliers to meet Midlands life sciences sector

Do you work in the life sciences sector? If you are interested in taking your products to new markets in the Gulf, a Midlands Engine-organised visit may benefit you. More than 20 buyers from United
West Midlands firm acquire Dutch counterpart

West Midlands firm acquire Dutch counterpart

West Bromwich-based Beeswift Limited, one of the leading manufacturers and distributors for high-quality health and safety products in Europe, has completed the acquisition of the Dutch distributor
Ambitious businesses flock to major exporting event

Ambitious businesses flock to major exporting event

More than 100 ambitious businesses from across the West Midlands took part in a major event funded by ERDF SME International Growth Project that could help them grow their exporting plans. New Year,
DIT helps Shropshire firm to win China contracts

DIT helps Shropshire firm to win China contracts

The Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands has helped a Shropshire company to secure a three-year contract worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in China. Shrewbury-based
You Can Export programme kicks off with Birmingham workshop

You Can Export programme kicks off with Birmingham workshop

The first You Can Export workshop in a series of five has been declared a resounding success after 11 businesses from across the region took part. The informative Export Essentials workshop took
Free masterclasses launched to prevent business faux pas overseas

Free masterclasses launched to prevent business faux pas overseas

A programme of free masterclasses is being launched to help West Midlands companies become more culturally savvy when working to win business overseas. Organised by the Department for International
West Midlands SMEs invited to global export event 

West Midlands SMEs invited to global export event 

Businesses from across the West Midlands have the chance to explore global export opportunities at a major, free event in Birmingham next month (February 2018). New Year, New Markets will see trade
Go global by selling online

Go global by selling online

Hundreds of businesses are expected to attend the biggest digital event the Midlands Engine has ever held. The Selling Online Conference is set to attract more than 250 businesses from across the
Dawn of a new market for Shropshire firm …

Dawn of a new market for Shropshire firm …

After many long-haul business trips and meetings with a host of government officials, a Shropshire firm has secured a new venture for his company in China. Christopher Wright of Shrewsbury is chief
Metals and chemicals supplier doubles exports after creating ‘export-friendly’ website

Metals and chemicals supplier doubles exports after creating ‘export-friendly’ website

Wolverhampton-based Hart Materials has been working closely with the DIT team in Staffordshire to put in place a bespoke export strategy, targeting Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic,
Land-locked Midlander’s beach-inspired jewellery goes global

Land-locked Midlander’s beach-inspired jewellery goes global

A Worcestershire jeweller who specialises in making glass beads is celebrating her first major order to New Zealand, thanks to support from the Department for International Trade (DIT). Julie
Midlands Engine launches comprehensive market visit programme to help regional businesses export

Midlands Engine launches comprehensive market visit programme to help regional businesses export

Following the launch of the Department for International Trade’s Midlands Engine strategy, and a series of successful missions last year, six more market visits focused on increasing export
LEADING ENTREPRENEUR ANGELA MAXWELL URGES WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESSES TO START EXPORTING

LEADING ENTREPRENEUR ANGELA MAXWELL URGES WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESSES TO START EXPORTING

A leading businesswoman who has helped to transform the fortunes of companies across the West Midlands and beyond has urged small, ambitious firms to start thinking globally. Angela Maxwell, CEO of
SHROPSHIRE FIRM’S HANDMADE LEATHER GARDENING GOODS BLOOM OVERSEAS

SHROPSHIRE FIRM’S HANDMADE LEATHER GARDENING GOODS BLOOM OVERSEAS

A Shropshire tannery that manufactures leather gardening products is aiming for new markets after winning new clients at a global trade show, thanks to the support from Department for International
MIDLANDS BUSINESSES TAP INTO AFRICAN MARKETS WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

MIDLANDS BUSINESSES TAP INTO AFRICAN MARKETS WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Sixty companies from across the West Midlands are at the first stage of exporting to countries across Africa after experts travelled from the continent to offer their advice on trading with the
JEWELLERY BOX CREATOR PIROUETTES TO EXPORT SUCCESS

JEWELLERY BOX CREATOR PIROUETTES TO EXPORT SUCCESS

A former social worker from Birmingham, who launched a line of musical jewellery boxes featuring black ballerinas, is achieving huge exporting success – thanks to Department for International Trade
Midlands Engine Champions unveiled

Midlands Engine Champions unveiled

Midlands businesses looking to export to countries across the globe have been given a boost with the announcement of dozens of ‘Export Champions’ as part of a programme to encourage and inspire
CARTOON SERIES CREATED IN WORCESTERSHIRE SET FOR GLOBAL SUCCESS – AT LAST

CARTOON SERIES CREATED IN WORCESTERSHIRE SET FOR GLOBAL SUCCESS – AT LAST

An animated cartoon that was created in Worcestershire could be aired across Europe and Asia – 30 years after it narrowly missed out on being commissioned by Fox TV in the USA. Droitwich-based

DRINKS MANUFACTURERS URGED TO RAISE A GLASS TO EXPORT SUCCESS

West Midlands producers of beers, ciders and spirits could be raising a toast to exporting success if they take part in a special event with buyers from East Asia and Central Europe. The Selling
Business Leaders To Speak At Inaugural Midlands Engine International Trade Summit

Business Leaders To Speak At Inaugural Midlands Engine International Trade Summit

Some of the country’s leading finance experts and business leaders have been signed up to speak at the first Midlands Engine International Trade Summit this spring. Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary
JAPAN PREPARED TO GO NUTS OVER  SHROPSHIRE-MADE MUESLI

JAPAN PREPARED TO GO NUTS OVER SHROPSHIRE-MADE MUESLI

A Shropshire food manufacturer is celebrating its first major export deal to Japan – just months after visiting the country on an international trade mission. Helen Graham, co-owner of the Ludlow
Midlands companies urged to sign up for Czech Republic visit

Midlands companies urged to sign up for Czech Republic visit

Midlands companies in the fashion, giftware and creative sectors that are looking to export for the first time are being invited to join a Midlands Engine visit to the Czech Republic. Organised by
Smart technology invented in Malvern going global after DIT support

Smart technology invented in Malvern going global after DIT support

A Worcestershire company that has developed the world’s first smart technology electric actuator to control industrial valves has officially launched its unique product and already has a full order
Food packaging manufacturer secures major USA export deal

Food packaging manufacturer secures major USA export deal

A Midland food packaging manufacturer has secured its first major export deal to the USA, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, just four months after taking part in a Midlands Engine trade mission.
International trade leader awarded an MBE

International trade leader awarded an MBE

Allen Matty, who has spearheaded international trade in the West Midlands, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours for services to international trade. Mr Matty, managing director
BCU enters partnership with DIT West Midlands

BCU enters partnership with DIT West Midlands

Birmingham City University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT), in a bid to support West Midlands businesses to thrive in
Shropshire firm aims for overseas sales growth

Shropshire firm aims for overseas sales growth

A Shropshire company is planning a major expansion of its overseas sales following a promising start this year, thanks to the support it has received from the Department for International Trade
Midlands businesses look to Future Markets for export advice

Midlands businesses look to Future Markets for export advice

More than 50 Midlands companies hoping to expand into new markets or who are looking to start trading globally are closer to achieving their ambitions after attending the first Future Markets event
Knitwear company casts on for global success

Knitwear company casts on for global success

A Midlands knitwear and wool company has experienced 500% growth this year – boosted in part by a huge increase in export sales of its DIY crochet kits. TOFT, which designs and
Midlands manufacturer wins its first export sale to Africa

Midlands manufacturer wins its first export sale to Africa

A West Midlands firm that specialises in designing and manufacturing flat roof support systems is on target to export one third of its goods every year after winning its first sales in Africa. Strut
MIDLANDS TEACHING COLLEGE DELIVERS FIRST TRAINING SESSIONS IN NEPAL

MIDLANDS TEACHING COLLEGE DELIVERS FIRST TRAINING SESSIONS IN NEPAL

A specialist teaching college in the Midlands has delivered its first training sessions in Nepal as it looks to expand its professional development programmes globally. Eva Cartwright, founder of The

ONE-TO-ONE BUSINESS CULTURE ADVICE SERVICE LAUNCHED

West Midlands companies wanting to learn how to approach new overseas business markets can do so from the comfort of their own meeting rooms, thanks to a new initiative launched by Department for
Changes to jewellery maker’s website translate into boosted sales

Changes to jewellery maker’s website translate into boosted sales

A Midlands jewellery designer has increased its overseas sales by more than £30,000 after it took expert advice to have its website geared up for international markets. Rowena Simmons, managing
Why learning a European language can help your global outlook

Why learning a European language can help your global outlook

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Parlez-vous Français? English may well be the global language, but as we mark European Day of Languages (26 September, 2016), export experts are encouraging businesses in the
Wedding shoe designer on firm footing for export growth with New York show

Wedding shoe designer on firm footing for export growth with New York show

A leading West Midlands designer of wedding shoes is hoping to expand her brand across North America and beyond when she attends a major bridal fair in New York next month (October). Rachel Simpson,
Chirstmas Pud maker hopes for festive cheer in the US

Chirstmas Pud maker hopes for festive cheer in the US

A woman who makes Christmas puddings to her great-grandmother’s recipe is hoping to get a taste for international success after winning export orders in Ireland. Worcester-based Ellen
Fast-Track Programme launched to help food and drink producers go global

Fast-Track Programme launched to help food and drink producers go global

A new fast-track programme that will help food and drink producers from across the West Midlands to sell their goods overseas is being launched officially this week. As British Food Fortnight begins
Record-Holding Midlands Athlete Wins Chance To Pitch at the Paras

Record-Holding Midlands Athlete Wins Chance To Pitch at the Paras

An international West Midlands wheelchair athlete who designs and manufactures gripping aids for people with disabilities is hoping to expand his company’s global reach after winning the
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Going For Gold in the Global Market

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Going For Gold in the Global Market

A West Midlands company that designs colourful sports mouthguards has set its sights on ambitious expansion and export plans after a whirlwind first 18 months in business. Since it officially
We are Currently Recruiting for new ERDF Project Roles

We are Currently Recruiting for new ERDF Project Roles

Current Vacancies Funded by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), WMCC have developed a new project that will increase the scope of the international trade support services already offered to