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Portsmouth is a major gateway to Europe and its companies are ideally situated to take advantage of international business opportunities. Outlined below are the bespoke support services available to local companies looking to develop or enhance their business internationally. 

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Team South East

UK Trade & Investment Team is a government organisation dedicated to helping companies achieve their full international business potential,  providing insightful information and support to businesses looking to import or export goods. They provide professional advice on a range of services, including financial subsidies, export documentation, contacts in overseas markets, overseas visits, e-commerce, export training and market research. 

Enterprise Europe Network

Previously known as the European Information Service Centre (EISC), Enterprise Europe Network, assists companies to develop their businesses in the EU. In the South East of England, they deliver business and technology opportunities to businesses in the region. Other services they offer include finding partners and searching for grants. brings together a wide range of international trade services from a number of organisations and provides information factsheets, news, events and links to other sites. 

Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber's international trade service provides advice, information and the essential export documentation required for companies looking to trade internationally successfully. This includes assistance with completing Carnets, Certificates of Origin and other international trade forms.

The Chamber offers E-Cert, the first internet business-to-business application for European Community Certificates of Origin. This enables UK exporters to apply for the certificate over the internet, sending data in a secure way to produce a hardcopy document. 

South Coast International Trade Forum (SCITF)

The South Coast International Trade Forum is an association of companies and organisations on the South Coast of England involved in international business. It aims to promote, enhance and stimulate trade, enabling companies on the South Coast of England to develop and increase the volume and efficiency of their import/export activity. The forum includes large, medium and small businesses as well as UK Trade & Investment, the Chambers of Commerce of Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. 

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community driven service for small and medium sized businesses, looking for support for exporting from the UK, which is backed by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). Open to Export is here to help you grow your business through exporting overseas and by connecting you to the people who know the markets and opportunities, they hope to provide the support network you need to grow your business in other countries.


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