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The Department for International Trade is to host its first International Trade Week in November, aimed at encouraging UK firms to start exporting around the world.

DIT is describing the week as “an ambitious, new event to help businesses learn more about selling globally, giving them the confidence they need to grow by exporting”.

As part of this week of events, being held around the UK from 15-19 November 2021, the Institute of Export & International Trade will host an in-person event on Tuesday 16 November promoting new research into trade digitalisation.

Virtual and physical events

The week includes both virtual and in-person events and workshops around the UK, hosted by trade advisors, MPs and government ministers.

DIT has designed the week to encourage UK businesses “to export and sell to the world”, while demonstrating government support available to help them do so.

‘Start exporting’

Launching the initiative, minister for exports Mike Freer MP said the events would “help more businesses across the UK start exporting so they can seize the wins on offer in the world’s fastest growing markets”. 

He added that exporting “is crucial to the government’s plans to level up and build back better, and this week of events is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved, share advice and learn from the experts.”

Call to attend

Businesses of all sizes are being urged to sign up to attend events here.

Events available range from creating market entry strategies for the Asia-Pacific region to sessions on export finance and what Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) mean for UK businesses.

IOE&IT digital trade event

As part of International Trade Week, the IOE&IT will launch its Digital Trade Report, featuring specially commissioned research on the digitalisation of trade

The work looks at both the transformative effect of digital – how it is changing the way that trade is done – and also at how it is enabling innovative businesses to create new models and opportunities.

The event is being hosted from 5.30pm-7.30pm on 16 November at the IOE&IT’s new London offices at 3 Whitehall Court, Suite 101A, London SW1A 2EL.

IOE&IT member invite

Members of the IOE&IT are invited to attend by registering here.

Marco Forgione, director general of the IOE&IT, said:

“Digitalisation is changing not only how businesses work, but what they can do. Whole industries are facing significant pressures to transform by what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Trade is likely to be no different.

"At the IOE&IT we are keen to be at the forefront of that change. We see our role as helping businesses by explaining the challenges and opportunities, to provide the education and training they need and to enable them to harness their potential.”