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We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.


We are responsible for delivering 4 priority outcomes:

  1. Secure world-class free trade agreements and reduce market access barriers, ensuring that consumers and businesses can benefit from both.
  2. Encourage economic growth and a green industrial revolution across all parts of the UK through attracting and retaining inward investment.
  3. Support UK business to take full advantage of trade opportunities, including those arising from delivering free trade agreements, facilitating UK exports.
  4. Champion the rules-based international trading system and operate the UK’s new trading system, including protecting UK businesses from unfair trade practices.

Visit: Department for International Trade for more information.

Open to Export is a community-driven service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) looking for support to grow internationally by exporting from the UK.  The service is delivered by Yell Group in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Open to Export comprises a website – – which allows UK-based companies to work together and share information, advice and support about export market opportunities and means of entry. The information, answers, advice and articles on Open to Export are all composed by the site’s users, community and key contributors.

Key contributors to Open to Export include:

– Business Link

– UK Export Finance

– UK Trade & Investment

– PriceWaterhouseCooper

– Lloyds TSB