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Support Programmes

Lancashire businesses with global trade ambitions can now access an unparalleled range of specialist international trade support services. Some of these programmes can help you access funding or grants that are available for eligible businesses.

Accelerate your international business growth with International Trade Masterclass Series

Do you have the potential to rapidly scale your business? Want to expand into new overseas markets? Could your business benefit from specialist masterclasses to unlock its true growth potential?

The International Trade Masterclass Series is designed to support ambitious businesses with the potential and determination to achieve significant sustainable business growth. Established businesses face many business growth challenges when scaling their operation, especially when accessing new international markets. International Trade Masterclass Series offers a package of fully funded support catering to the specific needs of growing international business, comprising some / all of the following masterclasses:

Brexit for Importers and Exporters: 11 Aug 2020, 18 Aug 2020

Managing the business after Brexit, trade with EU businesses and non-EU businesses, import and export declarations, commodity codes, trade agreements, DDP deliveries, direct and in-direct exports, special procedures and regimes for importing.

Export Sales and International Quotations: 21 July 2020, 28 July 2020

Payment terms to trade internationally, Incoterms® rules, how to price an export quotation, terms and conditions, insurance, workshop to build up a delivered price.

Exporting Practices and the Technicalities: 16 July 2020, 23 July 2020

HM Revenue and Customs regulations, tariff and commodity codes, evidence of removal, specific controls imposed, using freight forwarders, export documentation, workshop to calculate freight rates.

Importing Practices and the Technicalities: 7 July 2020, 14 July 2020

HM Revenue and Customs regulations, evaluating duty and VAT, investigating commodity codes, import documentation, the import agent, workshop to calculate the landed price of imported goods.

These half-day masterclasses are delivered online

Eligibility: SMEs trading for more than 3 years with 10 or more staff.

Contact: Stef Heywood,, t: 01254 356454

Enhancing SME’s International Trade Performance

International Trade Support to grow your business

…Introducing the Enhancing SME’s International Trade Performance ERDF programme

The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade have enhanced their support for East Lancashire companies by expanding their team of experienced International Trade Advisors.  This new support programme, launched February 2017, provides new and experienced exporters with tailored international trade support and financial assistance to help those businesses with the ambition and capacity to grow internationally.

There is a tremendous amount of support to help businesses to identify new priority markets, reach more customers worldwide and increase turnover.

This programme includes events, market visits, specialist consultancy and match funded grants of £1500-£3000 for eligible companies to support their export growth initiatives.

This programme complements Department for International Trade core services and the extensive portfolio of services available from the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, and is designed to help firms become better skilled and equipped to access new international markets. Through this programme you will be able to exploit new overseas growth opportunities and boost your export performance.

Register your interest:

DOWNLOAD the registration form now and return to Stef Heywood, International Trade Advisor by email at

If you would like to speak with Stef about your export plans please ring  01254 356454 who will be delighted to offer guidance and discuss at length your international trade ideas and plans.

This programme is part-funded by European Regional Development Funds through the 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

Department for International Trade

The Chamber offers in partnership with Department for International Trade the core services offered by the government to help UK based companies in to exporting. Their offering comprises of Events, Seminars, Tradeshow Access Programme, Overseas Market Introduction Service and Business Opportunities.

For further information contact Stef Heywood:  /  01254 356454

Finance and Support for your Business

If you are looking for other government-backed support and finance for business, for example grants, finance and loans, funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups, business support eg mentoring, consultancy, these can be located on the government website.