Department for International Trade (DIT) East of England

Department for International Trade (DIT) East of England

The Department for International Trade (DIT), is the government department responsible for helping UK companies do more business overseas. We are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.

Telephone: 01707 398 398
Address: Titan Court, 3 Bishops Square, Broadwater Road, Hatfield
Postcode: AL10 9NE
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Corporate 51+ (£1,000+VAT pa)

Department for International Trade (DIT) is the government organisation that provides integrated support services for UK companies wishing to do business overseas and foreign businesses looking at the UK as an inward investment location.

In the East of England, DIT services are delivered through teams of International Trade Advisers (ITA's). The contract is delivered on behalf of the Government by Exemplas Trade Services Ltd (ETSL) in each county. They provide information and practical support both to businesses wishing to export for the first time, and experienced exporters looking to boost their trade overseas.

ITA's have a wealth of exporting, trading and business experience to offer companies in the region in addition to providing access to a vast network of contacts including DIT representatives in British Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions worldwide.

Of the 30 International Trade Advisers, some are sector specialists with expertise in Agriculture-Food, Creative & Media, Environment,  Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, ICT and Life Sciences. Our advisers are available to businesses across the region that require help with developing their  international trade in markets around the world.

The range of services DIT offers includes market research, helping with introductions overseas and providing financial assistance to attend Trade Fairs. Programmes such as 'Pathway to Overseas Growth' provide new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning and the ongoing support they need to succeed overseas through a series of assessment and skills based workshops.

The export success stories coming from the region vary dramatically, showing that if a product or service has international potential and the company has the determination to succeed, the opportunities are out there. Examples of success stories range from selling aromatherapy and beauty products in Hong Kong and Japan, supplying sparkling dog collars to the USA, sausages to ex-pats and tourists in Spain, kitchen design software to South Africa - DIT has helped them all.

DIT helps companies make informed decisions about exporting and provides them with valuable support to enable them to be successful in many different markets. If your company is a small start-up or well established international company, DIT is here to help.

Open to Export

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Join the UK Tech Mission to TNW in Amsterdam

Join the UK Tech Mission to TNW in Amsterdam

On 9 and 10 May the Department for International Trade (DIT) in The Netherlands is planning a mission to one of the key tech conferences in Europe; The Next Web (TNW) in Amsterdam

25 March 2019Read in full

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UK plans mission to The Next Web Conference

On 9 and 10 May the Department for International Trade (DIT) in The Netherlands is planning a mission to one of the key tech conferences in Europe - The Next Web (TNW) in Amsterdam.

20 February 2019Read in full

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Meet with Cleantech and Smart City experts from the Scandinavian market

Are you a Cleantech or Smart City company looking to break into or grow your business in Scandinavia? The Department for International Trade in the East of England, together with colleagues in Denmark and Sweden, will be hosting a seminar in Cambridge to help you find out how.

19 February 2019Read in full

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Call for mission members to the Smart City Summit and Expo in Taipei

The Department for International Trade's (DIT's) technology sector team is supporting DIT Taipei in delivering a trade mission to the Smart City Summit and Expo in Taiwan between 26-29th March 2019.

8 January 2019Read in full

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Springboard your business into export success this Small Business Saturday

The Department for International Trade in the East of England is hosting an event in Alconbury later this month to help SMEs looking to grow their business internationally using e-commerce platforms.

9 November 2018Read in full

Interested in trading with India?

Commercial officers from India are visiting the Department for International Trade in the UK in September/ October.

30 August 2018Read in full

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US Head of Trade & Investment in New England to visit Cambridge

The United States (US) is the largest, most competitive and technologically advanced economy in the world. As the UK’s top export destination, it has already proven to be a lucrative market and the Department for International Trade (DIT) wants to help you take advantage of the food and drink export opportunities available there.

1 August 2018Read in full

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International technology buyers are coming to Cambridge

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is inviting technology buyers from Europe and beyond to Cambridge - and offers you the chance to meet with these companies face to face. Whether you produce hardware, develop software or provide expertise/consultancy in relevant technologies, you may have what they are looking for right now.

21 November 2017Read in full

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Opportunity knocks at the Global Medical Cambridge 'Meet the buyer' event

East of England businesses have the opportunity to meet with international life sciences buyers on Friday 10th November, when the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosts its first Global Medical Cambridge event.

17 October 2017Read in full

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Calling all food & drink producers...

Are you thinking about selling overseas? Are you already exporting but would like to sell more? Would you like to learn how to grow your international business?

7 July 2017Read in full

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UK Tech Mission to TNW in Amsterdam

9 May 2019 - 10 May 2019


An Introduction to Selling on Amazon Japan [webinar]

14 May 2019

With 71% of Japanese shoppers making a purchase online*, Amazon Japan provides a great opportunity for British companies to reach new customers and enter a new market. This webinar will cover a broad range of topics, including Amazon compared to other e-commerce platforms in the market, consumer trends and taxes/compliance