First steps to Export

An exciting new programme for potential exporters designed to address your concerns, highlight the opportunities and guide you through the initial steps into export markets.

You can view and download the full First Steps to Export e-flyer here.

What the programme covers:

An initial review with an experienced International Trade Adviser and support over six months to guide you into export;

Two half day workshops to give you the confidence and tools to export;

  • An introduction to exporting focusing on the key issues which prevent companies from considering exports and how these issues can be addressed and overcome;
  • A choice between two export sales workshop - one for companies selling products directly to customers and one for companies selling online through websites, e-commerce and e-marketplaces;

A series of export masterclasses to help you grow your knowledge and understanding of key issues in the exporting process, covering:

  • Finding and managing Agents and Distributors;
  • International Communication - Language and Culture;
  • A practical introduction to export market research;
  • Protecting your IP - patents, copyright, design rights and trade marks;
  • Payments and currency issues.

The programme is free-of-charge for Small and Medium-sized Businesses based in the North West but is limited to companies that have never exported or who have not exported at all over the past twelve months.

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If you are looking for further advice on exporting, please call Cumbria Business Growth Hub on 0844 257 8450 or email:

Details of local events can be found here.

If you want to export your products or services contact DIT for free advice and support and find opportunities to export your products and services at