Government Support


The U.K. and devolved governments provide a number of services to exporters. (For financial support see Finance – Government Sources)


Northern Ireland Government
Enterprise Ireland
Support for companies focused on growth through international sales is a priority for Enterprise Ireland. We are committed to facilitating the development of a strong exporting sector by offering flexible solutions to client needs.
eSourcing NI
The Electronic Tendering site which allows supplying organisations to take part in tender opportunities led by Northern Ireland Public Sector and Regulated Contracting Authorities, through which all procurement is channelled.
eTendersNI
eTendersNI advertises opportunities for providing goods, services and works to Northern Ireland government department, agencies and arms-length bodies. To respond to a tender opportunity, and to ensure you receive notifications, you must register as a supplier organisation. The ‘Suppliers new to eTendersNI’ section below provides guidance on registering and learning how to navigate the eTendersNI portal.

Scottish Government
Business Gateway
A publicly funded service contributing to the economic well being of Scotland by providing access to free business support services. We give assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
COSLA is the voice of Local Government in Scotland. We provide political leadership on national issues, and work with councils to improve local services and strengthen local democracy.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Our vision is to make the Highlands and Islands a highly successful and competitive region where increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.
mygov.scot Business
Tools and guidance on getting started, finance, premises and employing people.
Public Contracts Scotland
The Public Contracts Scotland portal was launched in August 2008 to provide a national advertising website for Scottish public bodies to post Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notices (contracts over the European directive threshold), lower-value notices, and subsequent contract awards; prime contractors on public sector contracts can also advertise sub-contract opportunities. On the 18th April 2016 it became a legal requirement for all Scottish public sector bodies to use PCS to advertise all regulated procurements (£50k and over for goods/services; £2m and over for works) and their subsequent awards; in addition, many organisations use PCS for direct requests for quotations (Quick Quotes) for lower value, non-regulated procurements.
Scottish Development International
Scottish Development International (SDI) has a proven track record of helping companies succeed in business in Scotland. SDI is the international arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies.
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.
Scottish Government Business Portal
Tools and guidance on getting started, finance, premises and employing people.
Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills.

UK Government
Browse: Business and self-employed
Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business.
CHIEF user guides and technical specifications
The Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system is supported by detailed user guides for trade users. For Direct Trader Input to CHIEF and Inventory system linking we have the Technical Interface Specification guides.
Common Transit Convention (CTC)
Get ready to move goods between or through common transit countries including the EU. Find out what you need to make it easier and quicker to move goods by using the Common Transit Convention (CTC).
Contracts Finder
Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies. You can use Contracts Finder to: (i) search for contract opportunities in different sectors (ii) find out what’s coming up in the future and (iii) look up details of previous tenders and contracts. You can create an account to get email updates and save your searches. You can still search and apply for contracts without an account.
DEFRA PEACH system
The 'Procedure for Electronic Application for Certificates from the HMI', (PEACH) system has been created for the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate (HMI), and is used by businesses to apply for certificates of conformity. This electronic procedure is an aid to the efficient clearance of regulated consignments of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables imported into or exported from the EU under regulation 1148/2001.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Brings together responsibility for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy and climate change. It is tasked with developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leads the governments relationship with business.
Department for Exiting the European Union
Information about the Article 50 process and our negotiations for a new partnership with the European Union.
Department for International Development
DFID leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.
Department for International Trade
We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.
Gov.uk
The best place to find government services and information. Simpler, clearer, faster.
Innovate UK
Guidance for business and academic organisations on what funding they can get to test ideas and develop innovative products and services.
Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
legislation.gov.uk
This website is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scot
National Export System (NES)
Use the National Export System to make an export declaration.
The Government Gateway
The Government Gateway is the website you use to register for online government services. It is an important part of the government's strategy of delivering 'joined up' government, enabling people to communicate and make transactions with government from
Trade Tariff: Look Up
Look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates.
Transitional simplified procedures (TSP)
Find out how simplified import procedures can help when you bring goods from the EU in a no-deal Brexit.
UK Government
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U.K. Government’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)
Businesses exporting or thinking about exporting from the UK can attend TAP's selected overseas trade shows and conferences, and get grants to offset some costs.
UKTI e-Exporting programme
DIT's E-Exporting Programme helps UK retailers and brands export their products overseas via e-commerce.

Welsh Government
Business Wales
Business Wales is a free service that provides impartial, independent support and advice to people starting, running and growing a business in Wales. With regional centres across Wales, we offer a mixture of online and face-to-face support, as well as tra
Sell2Wales
The new Sell2Wales website is an information source and procurement portal set up by the Welsh Government. We aim to help: (i) businesses win contracts with the public sector across Wales (ii) public sector buyers to advertise and manage tender opportunities (iii) businesses promote their services and (iv) businesses find contract opportunities