Advice on exporting
Get support. The Department for International Trade provide support and help to identify markets and establish a local presence.
Do your research
Who do you want to work with? Introduce yourself and grab a coffee! Try and have an action plan before you go, so you are not just wandering around aimlessly. Think about logistics of where you are staying vs your meetings and think about how you are going to get around.
Ask for connections
Ask if any of your contacts know of anyone or businesses where you are visiting – you’d be surprised how connected you can be just from this.
Create a plan
Think about the value you will bring, research organisations and businesses you align with and go for lots of coffee.
Have a budget set aside
Funding is available, but you’ll still have to invest using your own funds. Plan to save.
Don’t expect results on the first trip
I expect the journey of Sail exporting to be a work in progress, as we build relationship and our portfolio. Be patient.
See the sites
Don’t forget to soak up some of the sights too, it would be rude not to.