International Trade

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* UK Trade & Investment
* Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce
* Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce
* The South Yorkshire International Trade Centre
* East Midlands China Business Bureau
* The Enterprise Europe Network
* Investing in Charnwood
* Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership

UK Trade & Investment

For those exporting for the first time or businesses experienced in international trade expanding into new markets UK Trade & Investment East Midlands can help you develop export capabilities and provide expert advice, reliable data, and professional research. Exporting is never simple, but it helps to be connected!
With a range of services including the highly regarded Passport to Export programme which brings together many services in a cost effective package, to practical help including market visits to suitable locations, finding business partners, and accessing financial incentives to make your business a success in the UK, UK Trade & Investment East Midlands can certainly help you achieve your international business potential!

For more information visit the website or phone 0845 052 4001


Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce - The Voice of Leicestershire Business

In 2010 Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce celebrated 150 years of serving the business community in Leicestershire!

Joining Leicestershire Chamber entitles you to a whole range of benefits including access to free business support helplines, listings for your company in business directories and discounts on everyday services such as credit checks. Our co-located International Trade Team provides help for new and existing exporters and services include export documentation advice, discounted documentation and import & export documentation training courses to help your export staff keep updated with the latest regulations and procedures. You can attend our excellent range of events including  informative seminars and networking evenings to develop your business contacts and the Chamber has negotiated a range of discounts for members on products such as Energy, Telecoms and Financial Services. Leicestershire Chamber will be happy to send you a full information pack detailing the many benefits of membership so please call us on:

Tel: 0116 247 1800
or visit our website at

Leicestershire Chamber Of Commerce,
1 Mill Lane, Leicester, LE2 7HU


Derbyshire And Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) delivers a wide range of business support services, across both counties to its members and the wider business community and to individuals seeking to gain employment through learning.
Through membership of DNCC members can access extensive networking opportunities a wide range of discounted services, international trade services and information services.
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce works in close partnership with many communities, political and funding organisations within both counties, across the East Midlands and is the leading voice for business.
Through its various lobbying groups, it represents both members and the wider business community on matters such as the environment, transport, tax, business crime and legislative regulations.
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce has a training division which delivers a range of fully-funded training and assessment schemes to help both young people and adults get into employment. It also has a commercial training arm offering bespoke training courses for both employers and employees.
Local delivery is provided from 10 locations across both counties, including main offices in Derby, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

For more information:


The South Yorkshire International Trade Centre (SYITC) 

The South Yorkshire International Trade Centre is working in partnership to provide solutions in International Trade throughout the region.
In today’s challenging economic climate we work to provide an ideal platform for you to grow your business.
These services include;

• Export Sales Training                      
• Business Expansion Plans
• Trade Opportunities
• International training
• Documentation Service
• Sales Leads
• Language Training
• Translation Services
• Credit information
• E Newsletter
• Sponsorship Opportunities.

So whatever your needs for the future, we probably have a solution for your business.
For more information visit the website or telephone +44 (0) 114 213 2991

East Midlands China Business Bureau

The East Midlands China Business Bureau (EMCBB) is the Regional response to the opportunities presented by the growth in China’s economy.
EMCBB provides practical advice and support to Regional SMEs, education institutions and to Chinese investors looking to set up in the East Midlands.
EMCBB runs Regional seminars, briefing sessions and Market Visits to priority locations in China.
For further information on our exciting programmes see

The Enterprise Europe Network

The Network offers concrete and effective solutions to entrepreneurs and companies in more than 40 countries, including the 27 EU member states, three EU candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey), members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and other participating third countries.

Instruments include business partner search within technology and business cooperation databases and fast access to information on funding opportunities, individual on-site visits to companies to assess their needs and a broad range of promotion and information material. Representatives of the Network can also help businesses understand EU law, how it applies to their business and how to make the most the internal market and EU programmes.

The Enterprise Europe Network fully exploits the synergies between all support services and helpdesks aimed at European businesses. The “one-stop shop” service is accompanied by a “no wrong door” policy: an entrepreneur or business actor can enter the Network through any contact point, and will then be assisted and personally directed to the relevant service or organisation.

For more information: 0115 957 8757


Investing in Charnwood

Charnwood, home to 155,000 people, with around 55,000 living in Loughborough, is situated at the centre of the three cities triangle of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, all of which are within easy reach (30-45 mins). There are nearly 1.25 million people who are economically active (16-74) within 45 minutes driving time of Loughborough. Whilst Loughborough, located at Junction 23 of the M1, is a market town, it also has one of the country's top ten universities, giving it a vibrancy not usually found outside the cities. It has excellent transport links by road, rail and air to all parts of the country. Businesses or organisations that are looking for a central base should consider not only Loughborough but also South Charnwood, which borders Leicester City but can also offer good road access and easy parking. Similarly nearly 850,000 economically people aged 16-74 can drive to a job in South Charnwood in 45 minutes. Over 4 million people live within a one hour drive (equivalent to the population of the entire East Midlands). Charnwood Borough Council work closely with Invest Leicestershire, the inward investment agency for Leicester and Leicestershire in England. They provide a free confidential business relocation advisory service for companies considering Leicester and Leicestershire as a business location and existing investors looking to relocate or expand within the city and county. Invest Leicestershire can assist with establishing businesses in the area by:

• Working with a company to define their location needs
• Undertaking specific research to support individual relocations
• Providing the latest comprehensive information on sites and premises
• Arranging personal tours of the area to explore the different opportunities
• Liaising with professional intermediaries including recruitment and training advisers

Through its associations with the Leicestershire Learning & Skills Council, Leicestershire Business Link and the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Leicester Shire Promotions can also arrange advice on training and skills, trade and export and a range of other topics. For more information visit the website or call (01509) 634 727 or 746 or email us at

    Leicester and Leicestershire is open for business

Whether your company is moving within the UK or looking to re-locate from overseas the LLEP is able to help.
We can provide the latest information on our part of the world and practical advice on those things that ensure a successful move.
Our aim is to make your decision process to locate to Leicestershire a positive and happy one.
Let us introduce you to the real Leicestershire life!

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