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Exporting: Events, tradeshows and missions

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export-20170502114850711Events are one of the most effective ways to support companies looking for trade opportunities. Keep up to date with the calendar of relevant events, webinars and tradeshows below, to help you grow your international reach. 

The DBA is working closely with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to identify opportunities for growth amongst the membership. Through our work over the coming years, we will be supporting you to expand your reach internationally into new markets and for those of you who are yet to embark on overseas trade, helping you prepare your business to successfully export. 

kyle-glenn-nxt5htlmlge-unsplash-copyDepartment for International Trade: Calendar of events

DIT’s calendar of events is updated regularly with both UK and overseas events as well as overseas missions, and opportunities across the Tradeshow Access Programme.

Search events by sector and region > 

blue white mapTradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

Attending overseas tradeshows can promote your business overseas and can help you:

  • gain essential market knowledge and make new contacts
  • gain experience in attending and getting the most from overseas trade shows
  • get advice and support from trade experts on how to maximise your presence

The Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant funding for eligible businesses towards the costs of exhibiting at overseas trade shows. Find out more >

2-anthony-garand-503053-unsplash-copyDIT webinars: Browse schedule

DIT’s free webinars are delivered by experts from both private and public sector organisations. The webinar topics range in export experience from ‘never exported’ to ‘experienced exporter’. All the webinars are free to UK companies and you can expect to:
• receive help and advice to sell overseas with confidence
• gain new skills and knowledge
• discover solutions to specific challenges to exporting
• get your exporting questions answered by the experts.

View webinar programme and register > 

DBA support

As highlighted by the DBA’s Annual Survey Report, many DBA members are successfully selling their design services abroad and with the current political and economic turbulence in the UK, the opportunity to increase this activity should be exploited.

Adam Fennelow, Head of Services, DBA
Adam Fennelow, Head of Services, DBA

Says the DBA’s Head of Services, Adam Fennelow, “Overseas income of DBA members has increased year on year for the last 5 years and is expected to grow. It currently stands at an average of 28% of total income. With the domestic market looking a bit stagnant, coupled with the low value of the pound and the great reputation of UK design, many agencies are looking further afield for work.”

The UK is seen as the home of the best creative  talent in the world. The Creative Industries Trade Investment Board (CITIB) recently launched a three-year strategy to grow the exports of creative industries by 50% by 2023. DBA CEO Deborah Dawton sits on the Board, and the DBA is supporting DBA members through our alignment and work with CITIB and DIT to grow members’ reach internationally.

Select the ‘international trade’ category in the Resources section of our site or contact Adam Fennelow on or 020 7251 9229 for advice and signposting to help your business  trade overseas. 


marlon-maya-luhfohbvhdq-unsplash-copyAbout DIT

The Department for International Trade is the Government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in an increasingly global economy and supports Foreign entities looking to invest in the UK. The range of expert services is tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximise their international success. Companies are given advice and practical support, and DIT staff can assist at all stages.

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