This page aims to help give you advice and direction on how to grow your business internationally by exporting your products, services and company brand. There are links to government run schemes and websites that offer advice as well as case studies and contact details for specific export markets. We will also post links here to any local events that you may find useful so please check for updates. 

Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade helps UK businesses export into global markets, as well as helping overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

DIT has created the Exporting is Great website that offers tailored support and advice on starting to export or increasing overseas sales.

There is also expert advice and guidance as well as support throughout the exporting journey.

For more information visit the Exporting is Great website for the following:

• Expert advice and services to get you started
• Download your essential guide to exporting
• Sign up for business events near you
• Search and apply for live export opportunities



Midlands Engine Creative & Design Trade Mission 

Are you looking for opportunities to increase sales into China? Is your busienss in the Creative or Culture sector? If so you can apply to join a funded Midlands Engine mission to the Wenzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo to Wenzhou, China 26-30 March 2020. If you're interested after reading the information in the Expo flyer and would like to apply to join please complete the application form.

If you are unsure if your business falls under the Cultural or Creative sector, this can include any businesses who are working on creative and culture related products, such as textile, fashion, gaming, software development, fine art, tourism, and ceramic.

We encourage all sizes of business to join the mission and enjoy the offer as mentioned in the flyer, but only SMEs can apply for the travel grant by DIT.

Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest is Sunday 26th January 2020. For any other enquiries please contact Jason Yu at: or call 0115 876 1293


Anhui Provence

The Anhui province in China is approximately 260 miles from Shanghai. Derbyshire has a relationship with the Anhui Province and there is huge potential for Erewash businesses to establish trade links and conduct business with companies and cities in Anhui.

The Capital of Anhui is Hefei and is home to an Economic and Technological Development Zone and a High Tech Industrial Development Zone. Anhui’s second city, Wuhu also has an Economic and Technological Development Zone as well as an Export Processing Zone which has been approved to be a national level export processing zone.  


Useful Links

Below are some links that you may find useful. They offer advice on exporting as well as expanding your business.

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Open to Export

Exporting is Great

Great Business

Enterprise Europe Network

The Institute of Export & International Trade

Federation of Small Business

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

International Trade Centre


Past Events

Exporting Products & Services to China

Are you ready for China

Doing Business in China

World Manufacturing Conference

Exporting to Japan: Is it for you?

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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