Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Export academy launched to support business growth in South West

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A free programme has been launched by the Department for International Trade to help South West businesses grow internationally.

The new Export Academy, which is being delivered by business support organisation Business West, promises to provide business owners with the know-how and confidence to sell to customers around the world.

The programme of online workshops has been designed for business owners who already have international customers, or those who are considering exporting in the future.

The course, which will be offered to businesses free of charge, will provide companies with the opportunity to learn directly from experts in international trade and fellow exporters through webinars, round table discussions, and mentoring sessions.

Business owners will leave the course with a customised export action plan to help grow their business in international markets.

The programme has been designed for both goods and services businesses, with sessions covering everything from selling online to managing international payments.

Paul Shand, DIT’s head of trade in the South West, said: “The Export Academy is perfect for smaller businesses wanting to take their first steps into exporting and for those looking to further grow their export sales.

“By supporting SMEs in the region we hope they will be able to look ahead with confidence and reach their full potential in overseas markets.”

For more information, visit https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200209668&