Exports: Creating Opportunities

Analyse what your business can do to improve visibility and create a sustainable route to market


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Questions to consider

Are you visible?

Website and social media platforms need to be up to date and informative, providing an easy contact point for potential customers.

Have you considered exhibiting at trade fairs, either in the UK or abroad?

Join FDEA/UK pavilions for one of the best ways to meet buyers and generate new business leads both in the UK and abroad.

Do you know your International Trade Advisor (ITA)?

They can put you in contact with Department for International Trade (DIT) trade teams at British embassies and consulates.

Are you registered for Exporting is GREAT alerts in the food and drink sector?

These can provide a chance to register your interest with buyers looking for British products.

Are you signed up to receive updates from FDF and FDEA?

Trade associations have a wealth of information to share on exports, regulatory issues and business opportunities.

Getting Started

Visit your target market

The best way to connect with international customers is meeting face-to-face to develop insight and personal relationships.

Intellectual property is one of your most important assets

You need to understand how to protect this in different markets.

Talk to your bank

They will be able to advise you on international payments and protecting yourself from currency volatility.

Minimise your risk

Explore ways to protect yourself against non-payment and loss or damage of goods. Make sure you are insured and go through proper channels to secure agreements.

Talk to other exporters

Use FDF and FDEA networking opportunities to gain insight from our successful exporters.


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Last reviewed: 12 Jun 2017