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
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 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.
Invest Northern Ireland
The Regional Economic Development Agency for Northern Ireland. To help your business compete successfully and function efficiently we offer support across a variety of areas. Our support is tailored to your needs and includes advice, mentoring and finance., a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland, is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland.

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.
Find Business Support in Scotland
Search for business support services in Scotland. We're here to help you find the business support you need, including help and advice for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This service was established to help Scottish businesses find the public sector support they need. Information is available for businesses of all sizes – from those thinking about starting a business to large, well established companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Export Marketing Research Scheme
A government-funded scheme encourages hundreds of British companies each year to use marketing research to explore overseas markets. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British Government’s Department for promoting overseas trade - exporters are encouraged to take a strategic approach to exporting through a number of subsidised activities such as training courses, events, organised visits and consultancy programmes to great effect.
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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.
KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. We have wide ranging expertise and convene the expertise of others. Through our network of experts, we ensure ideas are shared across diverse sectors and communities, so that opportunities are identified for innovation. We create powerful connections, with business at the heart of everything we do. We source and create powerful connections with potential partners, ensuring that the benefits of your new ideas are felt locally as well as nationally and globally.
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
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
The Development Bank of Wales
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government. It is here to enable the Welsh Government to deliver its policy objectives across Wales. On the one hand, it will serve Welsh businesses, giving them the capital they need to start up, strengthen and grow. On the other hand, it will serve Welsh Government, by directing public funds to where they can have most impact – on a larger scale, at a faster speed, and in a sustainable way.