Business Growth through Export

The HEY LEP aims to be an independent advocate and strategic convener for export, working in alliance with key partners and business support organizations across the region in order to increase international trade through export, with a strong focus on supporting earlier stage businesses and SMEs to plan for international growth.

The Growth Hub offers advice and support for both experienced exporters and businesses looking to take their first steps into the export market. Whether you are looking to grow your existing markets, engage with emerging and high-growth markets, or interested in investing in overseas operations and operating regional hubs, the Growth Hub can signpost you to the correct places for help.

If you would like to discuss exporting opportunities for your business, please contact our Export Partnership Manager, Andrew Finch by email: or mobile: 07597 001840

Subscribe to HEY Export!

HEY Export! is a free quarterly e-newsletter from the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP)

Subscribe to receive a round-up of all things export, including news, information and insights from across the region, with input from the LEP’s key export delivery partners, DIT and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

Regular features will include:

  • Meet the Exporter – showcasing exporting success stories from around the region, including DIT Export Champions.
  • Sector Spotlight – highlighting new sector-specific exporting opportunities
  • Updates on funding streams to support your exporting activities
  • Market Insights – focusing on new and emerging export markets, Free Trade Agreements and niche exporting opportunities specific to the HEY LEP region.
  • A summary of recent and forthcoming export-related events and training webinars

Subscribing to HEY Export! gives you a chance to contribute to the growing export agenda across the region.

If you would like to discuss exporting opportunities for your business, please contact our Export Partnership Manager, Andrew Finch by email:

Meet the Exporters

Hull and East Yorkshire is home to a thriving community of exporters.

Here, some of them talk about how exporting has benefited their business. We also gave several of our key export partners the opportunity to highlight the importance of export to the region as a whole, as the UK looks to engage with new global exporting opportunities.

Key Export Partners

The Growth Hub works closely with the following key export partners in order to create an environment in which businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire can trade internationally, exporting their goods and services:

Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce

The International Trade Centre Team at the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce offers a comprehensive range of international trade products and services, including export documentation and consular services, market research services, overseas trade fairs and trade missions, specialist export and import consultancy services, export webinars and training, and translation and interpretation services.

For more information, contact Pauline Wade, Director of International Trade

Visit the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce website
Department for International Trade
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Both new and existing exporters can take advantage of a range of DIT export services, including having access to a specialist International Trade Adviser who can offer free and impartial advice on your export strategy, assess your business needs and help you to discover new global business opportunities.

Contact DIT with an email  

Or phone 0300 365 1000

Export Funding

DIT Internationalisation Fund

The Department for International Trade’s Internationalisation Fund (funded by the European Regional Development Fund) is now available for eligible Yorkshire and the Humber businesses. Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 are available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability). The fund can be used to support areas including (but not exclusively limited to):

  • Market research
  • IP advice
  • Translation services
  • International social media/SEO
  • Trade fairs
  • Independent market visits
  • Consultancy and other international commercial services
Is your business eligible?
  • The company must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by an enterprise which is not a SME
  • Annual turnover does not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million

If you are in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and you are looking for support from DIT’s Internationalisation Fund, please express your interest to DIT Internationalisation Fund | Enterprise Growth Solutions

Export Academy

The Export Academy, from the Department for International Trade (DIT), gives small and micro-businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world with confidence. Aimed at new-to-exporting businesses, the Export Academy is designed to increase confidence and knowledge in small businesses looking to develop their international sales for the first time. Participants will leave the course with a completed export action plan that could help take their business to international customers.

You can register to attend up to nine workshops on a number of key exporting topics.

Register your interest

Modules covered include:

  •  Preparing to do international business
  •  Basic export procedures
  •  International market research
  •  Export pricing and distribution
  •  Customs procedures
  •  Introduction to incoterms® rules
  •  Export controls
  •  Getting paid
  •  Selling services overseas

To register your interest Export Academy North England – Choose Registration (

or to find out more, contact the Export Academy

Phone +44(0) 300 365 0114

Contact the export Academy

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