Export Support from Department for International Trade (DIT)

Greater Manchester Chamber is proud to be a partner of the Department of International Trade in the North West supporting companies with their export ambitions. DIT offers a wide range of support for small to medium businesses that already export, who are looking to start exporting or are facing difficulties with exporting.   For a full range of DIT's services, please click here 

If you are seeking more information about exporting to the world, find DIT's Exporting Guides here

The Chamber works with DIT in a number of ways - if you are a Chamber member we are happy to introduce you to our contacts at DIT, to get a personalised referral please email us at exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk 

New DIgital tool for exporters of goods from the UK

The Department for International Trade has launched ‘Check How to Export Goods’, a new digital tool to help UK businesses trade with over 160 markets around the world.

The free tool will help you easily find and understand what is needed to export goods internationally. It provides product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations, the UK border and other topics all in one place. It will be updated regularly to reflect any changes to trading arrangements


The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. The fund is designed to support businesses looking to grow their international trade.  SMEs can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 which will be available for proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).  

To secure a grant, the business will need to fund a proportion of the costs itself. This varies according to where your  business is based and will be up to 50% of the total cost. Funding is subject to availability within your region, and will be prioritised for businesses who can demonstrate they have high export potential.

Eligible Activity
The fund can be used to support areas including but not limited to:

  • PR

  • Market Research

  • Consultancy on market /product regulations and standards  - From customs processes, documentation, rules of origin, to IPR and more

  • Translation / Cultural Advice

  • International Social Media and SEO

  • Participation in trade shows where there is no TAP funding available

  • Market development including visits

  • Routes to Market

  • Overseas Business Environment / Due Diligence

How can the Chamber help you?

Our team supported by our extended team made up of approved suppliers, associates and strategic partners can help you with a number of services:

  • Market Identification/Export Potential -  Helping you select the right export market for your business

  • Market Research and Entry Services - From partner identification, market visits and B2B programmes,  routes to market, to understanding local competition, pricing, local regulations and more

  • Translation/Cultural Tips -   We have a wide range of members who can help, just click here and download the list

  • Bespoke Advice/Consultancy - Including customs processes, export requirements, market/product standards, rules of origin, incoterms, etc

  • Credit Checks helping you with your due diligence process

Email us at exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk and we will connect you with DIT International Trade Advisers who will check your eligibility, provide more information and help you with the application.


The Export Academy, from the Department for International Trade (DIT), gives small and micro-businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world with confidence.

The Export Academy is a free programme of support for SMEs across the North West. It’s a comprehensive step-by-step programme ideal for anyone:

• New to exporting
• Exporting already but needing to upskill staff
• Exporting already but wanting to refresh knowledge, or fill gaps

From understanding the benefits to exporting and barriers to pricing strategy and international market research, the export academy enables companies to access free masterclasses to get the knowledge they need to kick start their exports.

For more information about upcoming sessions and register, please download the flyer here or go to the registration page here


  • DIT North West team's calendar of events here

  • North West England Parliamentary Export Programme, click here

  • Other DIT Events can be found in our Event's calendar, click here

dit events across the world

  • Interested in attending any DIT events organised either by the North West team or across the world?  Check their Event's page here