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: 07927 584490

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Hull Overseas Trade Awareness Project (UKSPF-funded)

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UK Export Academy
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International Trade and Russia / Ukraine

In light of the current situation, businesses are advised to contact the government’s Export Support Service helpline with any questions about trade with Russia or Ukraine. Questions can be submitted either online via  or by telephone on  0300 303 8955. Calls are being answered daily between 08:00-22:00

All the latest information relating to the situation is being published on, and major changes will be tweeted out via the usual HMG feeds.  

The following links are to the FCO travel advice pages for Russia and Ukraine, and to the guidance on the new sanctions regime.

If there are any particular local impacts of the current conflict, the LEP is keen to capture this in our regular returns to BEIS so that we can make them aware of any impacts and help inform any future support that may be required.  Businesses can let us know about this via email


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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 Lorraine Holt, International Trade Manager

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 DBT 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 DBT with an email   Or phone 0300 365 1000 
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Subscribe to DBT Yorkshire and Humber Newsletter

Subscribe to the DBT Yorkshire and the Humber Newsletter and receive a monthly round–up of all things export, including market insights focusing on new and emerging export markets, as well as information on upcoming trade missions, educational events and free trade agreement updates.

To subscribe and find out more about how DBT can help you to maximise your international expansion plans,  email your details to

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Export Funding

DBT 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 DBT’s Internationalisation Fund, please express your interest to

UK Export Academy

The Export Academy, from the Department for International Trade (DBT), 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
Register with the Export Academy 

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