Inward investment and international trade support

International trade

Essex County Council is committed to support small to medium sized enterprises to explore overseas opportunities and access new markets for their products and services.

Supporting companies to trade internationally is vital to the local economy and sustainability of companies in the long run. The following projects and contacts may be helpful if you have plans to expand overseas:

South East Export Development (SEED)

SEED is a free programme of support available to local businesses wanting to increase their international activity. Find out more about how SEED can help your business.

For more information, contact:
Kazadi Mwamba in our Economic Development Team at:

Essex Chamber of Commerce

The Essex Chamber of Commerce supports trade locally, nationally, and globally.

For a full list of international trade services, and how to contact them, visit their website.

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations – all renowned for their excellence in business support.

Department for International Trade (DIT) East of England

The (DIT) East of England team supports businesses in our area to help grow their operations overseas. They help first time exporters or experienced exporters to enter new markets. Their International Trade Advisers (ITAs) provide support to businesses through services tailored to their needs.

Find out more about how DIT East of England can help your business export and grow overseas on the GOV.UK website.

Help and support from goverment

Find out how to get advice on business planning, exporting, and financial help from government-backed schemes on GOV.UK.

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