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Advice and support

New to import or export? Get the right support and navigate the challenges of overseas markets

Trading across borders

Trading internationally could open a wealth of opportunity – along with some unique new challenges. It’s important to consider many factors, from local customs to foreign regulations. We can help you seize the opportunities – and mitigate the risks. In our guide you’ll find advice on doing business overseas - from handling red tape to financial forecasting. Get an overview of the key issues and links to detailed information. Should you need it, you can talk to our dedicated team for specialist international support in your sector.


Guide to importing

Importing goods from overseas could help your business cut costs, improve profit margins and gain a competitive advantage. Read our top tips on the key areas to consider.

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Guide to exporting

Selling overseas can be an exciting proposition. There's a lot to consider, like finding export/import partners and foreign trade rules and legislation. Read our guide to help you get started

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Regulatory information

International trade can mean new sources of income and better supply deals. It can also pose new risks. Rely upon our experience and global presence to mitigate risks when you trade overseas.

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Understand your trade cycle

As overseas transactions often take longer than those in domestic markets, businesses that trade internationally must give particular consideration to their cash flow management. Try our cash flow calculator to get a better picture of your trade cycle, and help identify any potential funding gaps that may affect your working capital.

Cashflow calculator 

Exporting is GREAT

We’re proud to support the UK government’s five year campaign to inspire and assist more businesses to sell their goods and services overseas.

Gain access to live international business opportunities, training sessions, business seminars and other events as well as specialist trade services. Every day in every country around the world, there is someone somewhere who wants or needs a UK product or service. The demand is out there, you could be too.

Explore international trade support and opportunities

At first buying and selling internationally can seem a daunting process. Working with the right partners can help you branch out to overseas markets with confidence. Visit these UK-based organisations for the right support when you're exploring trade opportunities in new international markets.

Success stories and articles 


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Sector expertise

Our team of sector experts is based across the UK. They’re on hand to offer more than bespoke finance solutions. Get local knowledge, insight and a proactive approach to new business opportunities - from our dedicated specialists in your sector.

Financial expertise by sector

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New customers

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Existing customers

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