Exports and international markets

Export advisory service

Export advisory service

Looking for tailored support from our export advisers? Our export advisory service works directly with your business to help guide you through the exporting journey.

Take your business global with our support 

Exporting is easier with an expert at your side. If your business is preparing to take the first steps to sell its products or services in international markets, our team of experts are here to help with our free service. From getting to grips with exporting basics and preparing market visits to identifying new customers and securing finance - we have the contacts. 

How we can help you get started

Our export advisory service can help your business fulfil its international potential. We can support your company in the early stages to help you avoid the pitfalls. We can help you with the details, as well as the big picture. This will ensure that the time and effort you invest results in real business success.

We can help you:

  • Understand what’s involved and connect you to the right people
  • Create your own action plan and strategy
  • Define your markets and identify the best opportunities
  • Develop the resources and skills you need to trade abroad
  • Prepare your products and services for markets


Getting to know you

Export advice is not a one-size fits all. We’ll take time to get to know and understand your company properly. We work closely with Business Gateway advisers, and other professionals, to make sure we have a rounded view of your business needs.

Sometimes companies are looking for more practical or detailed support. For example, we can provide advice about adapting products and services for a market. And signpost you to information on the relevant legislation and taxes for that market.

Some services may differ in the Highlands and Islands. If your business is based in this region, contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise


“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.” Leah Hutcheon, founder and CEO of Appointedd

Ask an export adviser

Whether you’re taking your first steps in exporting or looking to expanding your international activities, our free advisory service can help.

Our exporting support services

Free market research service

Market research is a vital element in shaping a company’s export plan. With our free market research service, you can access tailored reports on global market trends, customer behaviour, competitor insights and more.  

Helping you find connections

As you progress through the research stage, we can help you make the all-important local connections. This can mean visiting a trade fair or taking part in a trade mission to identify the right agents, retailers or distributors. We can also connect you to our GlobalScot network – a network of successful and influential business people around the world with an affinity to Scotland. 

Advice on export grants and finance

Our Make it to Market grant could support you to innovate and take the next steps to trading internationally. It can help you research your market, make changes to your product, manufacture products and launch your products internationally.  

UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance is run by the UK Government. It provides funding to businesses that export and to overseas buyers. If your business doesn’t have enough security to borrow from a lender, UK Export Finance can help. They can offer a range of services including guarantees, insurance and loans for buyers. We can help you work out which of these services could help your business.  

Protecting your intellectual assets

Your intellectual property (IP) rights are potentially some of the most important assets your business owns. Intellectual property assets include patents, copyright, registered designs and trademarks as well as trade secrets, expertise, sector knowledge and brand identity. We offer free, impartial advice to help your business identify, manage and exploit IP assets. Effective management of your IP, including expertise and market knowledge, can help increase your company’s profits. 

How we’ve helped other businesses

Leah Hutcheon, CEO, explains how Appointedd's multi-timezone software is opening new opportunities for the business worldwide.

"The support we’ve had from Scottish Enterprise has been amazing. We’ve been able to get the product and the team to a point where we were able to export – it’s been invaluable."
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Rosie Hill from Ireland Alloys in foreground, with David Dickson in background

Rosie Hill, Business Development Manager at Ireland Alloys tells us about their exporting journey into the Chinese market.

"Without Scottish Enterprise's guidance, we wouldn’t be started in China yet. They've helped us get the resources required, given us focus and the confidence to move into the Chinese market."
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Looking for exporting support?

Our free service is available to answer your questions and help you get started. We’ve got experience, contacts, research and more.