The Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets, and also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world. They are delivered by:

  • over 1,200 staff outside the UK
  • around 500 staff in our London and Glasgow headquarters
  • around 400 staff based in the English regions

DIT are passionate about what they do. They constantly review their services in light of customer feedback and the impact they offer, which means they’ll vary from time to time.

If you have a comment or complaint about their services, please let them know.

Exporting for Growth & Global Growth Funding Programmes

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Yorkshire and the Humber are delivering a programme of £6.7m of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding for the Exporting for Growth and Global Growth Programmes.

The programmes deliver support to both first time exporters and those already exporting, across Sheffield City Region, to allow businesses to grow their success within international markets. Any company looking for funding must be working with the Department for International Trade and any support must fit within a company’s overall export strategy.

ERDF, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds programme (ESIF), provides funding to support economic growth for England. The programmes focus on strengthening the regions’ businesses and increasing employment. Companies can access matched financial support to develop exports and generate job creation.

Exporting for Growth Programme

Exporting for Growth is aimed at companies wanting to develop their international business or get started with international trade. In addition to the funding, companies will receive impartial and tailored advice from DIT International Trade Adviser who will be happy to assist you throughout the process and project.

Eligible SME’s (Small to Medium Enterprises) can apply for grants of up to £10,000 depending on size and capability as part of the Exporting for Growth programme which is match funded and can be used for various projects.

All companies can apply for the £3000 funding which only requires one new job to be created. The £10,000 funding band is likely to be only available to larger SME’s as one of the requirements is that it helps create at least 3 new jobs within the applicant company. Each application will be reviewed accordingly after submission to qualify funding levels.

What can the funding be used for?

  • Flights and accommodation to agreed target markets
  • Overseas trade events entry and exhibition costs
  • Design and production of international marketing material
  • Internationalisation of website including translations
  • International market research and consultancy services


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The company must be located in the Sheffield City Region, Leeds City Region or Humber LEP
  • Be an SME – Less than 250 employees and annual turnover does not exceed €50 million OR annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million
  • No more than 25% of the organisation is owned by an enterprise that in itself is not an SME


Download the Exporting for Growth flyer



Global Growth Programme

The Global Growth Service supports globally ambitious businesses to drive their future growth through a step change in export performance. The DIT provides a structured programme of support, tailored to your own specific needs. DIT will partner with you to capitalise on the enormous growth potential available overseas.

The Global Growth Programme is designed for larger companies who have a project in mind or those who might have employed a consultant to manage a project that’s based around International trade, and offer the programme on 50% match funded basis up to £3,500.

The Global Growth programme is different to the Export for Growth programme in that it is more strategically focused where the Export Growth managers who are some of DIT’s most experienced advisors, will complete a very detailed diagnostic to assess your export capabilities.

They will then create a tailored action plan with you to focus your export activities in the right areas, drawing on specialist expertise and services where required and support you in maximising your export investment. You will be fully assisted through the delivery of the plan which includes the match funding of £3,500.

Eligibility Criteria for the Global Growth Programme:

  • Annual turnover is between £5m & £40m
  • Less than 250 employees
  • The company HQ must be located in the Sheffield City Region, Leeds City Region or Humber LEP
  • They haven’t received any government funding since April 2016
  • They aren’t actively targeting 6 or more markets


Download the Global Growth Programme flyer


T +44 (0) 300 365 1000

Export services for UK businesses

Every month DIT publish hundreds of new export opportunities from around the world. You can also search for events, trade fairs, missions and webinars.

DIT provide access to a regional network of international trade specialists across the UK which:

  • help businesses acquire the skills, contacts and confidence to start exporting or to break into new markets
  • work closely with a global network of DIT advisers, to ensure UK businesses are given the best advice about exporting to their chosen destinations

DIT also offer programmes for:

  • high value opportunities, to help businesses win large projects overseas
  • e-exporting, to help retailers and brands to sell their products online
  • tradeshow access, providing grants to eligible businesses so they can attend overseas events
  • overseas market introductions, offering tailored research from our network of overseas experts
  • bidding for international aid agency projects

Financial help for exporters

UK Export Finance (UKEF) helps UK exporters:

  • win export contracts by providing attractive financing terms to their buyers
  • fulfil orders by supporting working capital loans
  • get paid by insuring against buyer default

See the full range of services UKEF provides.

Other support for exporters

You can find sources of support for exporters from Exporting is GREAT.

First time exporters may be interested to draw up an export plan using Open to Export, a free advice service for exporters.


DIT Yorkshire and the Humber
County Way
S70 2JW

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T- 0300 365 1000

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