Useful Info

UK Government Business Support Website

Companies interested in exporting can find out more about services available from the Department for International Trade as well as advice, information and tips on the Government’s Business Support website. Visit to find out more about export support services.

The Exporting is Great Website

The Exporting is GREAT website is a hub of information for UK companies wishing to expand their overseas activities. The site features useful tips and advice on all aspects of exporting from developing an export plan to logistics and getting paid. Visit to access a range of online resources to help with exporting.



Preparing Your Business for Brexit

Whilst there is uncertainty about Brexit and what it will mean for businesses, particularly those involved in international trade, there is a lot of useful information available to help companies to prepare as best they can:

The Open to Export Planning Tool

Open to Export is a website featuring a range of useful information for companies considering international trade as a route to growth. Resources include the ‘Open to Export Action Plan‘ which is an online planning tool for small businesses wishing to make the most of the export opportunities. Visit the Open to Export Website to access various electronic resources that can help with exporting.

Kent Business School Study on Internationalisation in Kent

Through Kent County Council’s EU-funded SIE (SME Internationalisation Exchange) Project, the Kent Business School carried out some research into the effectiveness of support services for local companies and the barriers they face with exporting. The three reports are available as pdf documents and can be downloaded using the links below:

  1. Kent Internationalisation Study (March 2017)
  2. Study on the Impact of Brexit on the Internationalisation of SMEs in Kent (January 2019)
  3. Cross regional comparative study on the Internationalisation of Small and Medium
    Enterprises across Europe (March 2018)


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ISE Innovation Guide

Through KCC’s ISE Project, we have put together a guide on innovation and internationalisation which could be useful for Kent companies! The idea is to familiarise Kent companies with some of the latest trends in their sector and help them to think about adapting their business for export markets.

The guide is split into 6 sections which can be viewed by clicking the links below.

View the ISE Innovation Guide: Internationalisation Section

View the ISE Innovation Guide: Innovation Section

View the ISE Innovation Guide: Food & Drink Section

View the ISE Innovation Guide: Digital & Creative Section

View the ISE Innovation Guide: New Materials Section

View the ISE Innovation Guide: Mechatronics Section

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