Sources of information for novice exporters.
Most SMEs that want to grow will have considered exporting. However, exporting for the first time can be daunting and companies can really benefit from external help and advice.
Business Link Export Development Counsellors can help in all aspects of exporting. Exporters can also access the DTI's Export Promotion Command, which operates 80 country desks providing market intelligence on every country and continent. The Business Link Signpost Line (0345 567765) provides the number of your nearest Link.
The Overseas Trade Service (OTS) (0171 215 5000), operated by the DTI and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), helps to put exporters in touch with overseas markets through a wide range of services. Call them for a selection of some of the available services:
The Export Publication Unit of the DTI (0171 510 0171) produces over 200 Export Publications including: Hints to Exporters Visiting ..., Country Profiles, Sources of Information, General Reports, Sector Reports.
If you have a question you would like one of our experts to address, write to: SME, 174 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7JP.