How KnowNow is learning to export with help from the DIT
Last year, the Department of International Trade (DIT) launched a programme to support 50 of the best UK export prospects. The programme provides introductions to new markets and relevant target customers. KnowNow was selected by DIT as a top prospect for technology.
We hadn’t worked with a government agency before we met a local representative at an event here in Portsmouth. As a technology company, they were keen to understand what we were doing. They wanted to see if a little help would encourage faster, more sustainable growth.
They helped us decide whether our technologies were appropriate for foreign markets. We then agreed a list of target territories and companies.
Expert export help
There are several different ways that the DIT help us.
We receive invitations to government trade missions to our target countries. In November I travelled to Malaysia, meeting many companies over two days.
There are opportunities to have a stand at foreign embassies in London which enables us to meet foreign diplomats and visiting companies. Often they offer to work with us to help us develop within their country.
Our contact at DIT passes briefings on our technologies to the UK’s High Commission teams around the world so they can make introductions. It is also on government showcase websites such as www.leadingedgeonly.com which has led to introductions to several major companies. Check out the leading edge only page for our Consentua software here!
The help we receive from our nominated contact at DIT has been excellent therefore I would recommend any business who doesn’t currently export to consider reaching out to an International Trade advisor.
You can contact them at https://www.contactus.trade.gov.uk/enquiry/topic.
Stop press: David will be returning to Malaysia from 9th-13th October for the UK Mega-Mission to Malaysia.