Exports and international markets

International markets offer huge potential to grow your business and Scotland’s economy. Get support to develop an export plan, tap our global market expertise and identify new opportunities to boost your international sales.

Why export?

If your product or service is performing well at home, then there’s likely to be demand for it outside the UK. Make international trade a priority. 

Doing business in new and unfamiliar markets might seem daunting at first, but there's plenty of support from our teams in Scotland and our offices worldwide – whenever and wherever you need it most. 

Need an export plan?

Yet to trade abroad or perhaps you've just started taking orders from overseas buyers? We can help you develop an export plan to grow your product sales and services in international markets.

Have you thought about selling in the EU, for example?

Ready to find opportunities?

Already trading outside the UK and want to expand your operations to new global markets? We can connect you to agents and market experts, helping you access the best opportunities and funding.

Would you like to expand your business in the EU, for example?

Reach international customers online

Learn the essentials of global ecommerce and how to boost your international sales online at our free workshops and masterclasses.

Get exclusive UK discounts to list your business on online marketplaces around the world, such as Amazon, eBay and TMall. We’ll also guide you on how to set up quickly and start selling right away.

Get set for Brexit

Have you started planning for the potential implications of Brexit? We can help your business get set for Brexit through a range of support, whatever planning stage you're at.

We'll equip you with the know-how and confidence to take the next step to grow your business in the EU and beyond. 

Find our Brexit toolkit

Ways we can help:

  • Brexit checklist
  • Support from an export adviser to create a Brexit-focused action plan
  • International project support
  • Online learning, skills workshops and networking events
  • Market research support
  • Access to EU market opportunities



Preparing for Brexit checklist

We can help your business get set for Brexit through a range of support.

Read our Brexit checklist


Get to know your market

Market visit to Spain

Join a delegation of Scottish companies on a multi-sector market visit to Barcelona and Madrid on 11-15 November 2018. Get support to explore opportunities for your business in the Spanish market.

EdTech Middle East mission

Work in education and technology sectors? Get support to join a Scottish delegation to explore opportunities for business in Middle East on our upcoming trade mission in October 2018.

Growing Scotland's trade in the USA

Meet USA trade experts on 5 September in Edinburgh. Discover which States offer the best opportunities for your products and services. Plus, get practical tips and guidance to help you set up, grow and develop your business in the USA.

Why choose us?

We've helped thousands of businesses to export their products and services.

£29.8bn export market

We support Scottish businesses to raise their exports - a market worth an estimated £29.8 billion, up 1.6% year on year

2,500 SMEs

Over 2,500 SMEs benefited from our support last year - taking up almost 6,000 of international services

650 GlobalScots

Our GlobalScot network has 650 global business leaders from 55 different countries supporting Scottish SMEs around the world

All figures based on 2016/17 performance

Don't just take our word for it

Richard O'Connor from Chocolate and Love in the foreground with a display of chocolates in the background

Richard O'Connor is the founder of Chocolate and Love, a chocolate company based in Perth

"Scottish Enterprise has helped us to develop our export strategy and has been particularly helpful in developing the connections with far Eastern markets such as Japan and China."

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Leah Hutcheon from Appointedd at the Edinburgh office

Leah Hutcheon is the CEO and founder of Appointedd, an online booking and business management software company

"Scottish Enterprise support has been second-to-none. We’re very lucky to be building a company in Scotland because I do think we have world-class support here and I’d encourage companies to go out there and ask for the support that they need."

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