International Trade

The Manufacturing Forum supports and advises its members around 4 key pillars of activity:

On this page explore the subject of international trade in greater detail.

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The International Trade Forum

The International Trade Forum is a sister organisation of The Manufacturing Forum under the same management. Membership of one organisation automatically gives you access to the other. If you are thinking about growing your export sales then your first destination should be The International Trade Forum and its members.

Formed by a group of Managing Directors in 2005 in Sheffield, ITF is the leading International Trade Forum in your region.  It is an independent members’ forum to exchange information, knowledge and expertise in all aspects of international trade, advising, mentoring and guiding existing and potential exporters.

The Forum presents an ideal opportunity to network with other members who are successful exporters in the manufacturing and other market sectors.

  • Sharing Knowledge and expertise in international trade
  • Independent forum
  • Focused international events 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Sharing experiences
  • Access to experts 
  • Trade & Policy Updates 
  • Access to International Services 
  • Trade Missions

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International Trade Resources

Below are details of organisations that can help with access to finance and/orprovide funding for different aspects of business growth.

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce International Trade support vary from Chamber of Chamber, offering a range of services to the export community with a strong focus on Export Documentation with delivery at each local Chamber, Language Services and International Trade Training such as Export Documentation, Letters of Credit, Customs  Procedures & Regimes – all essential to understand the mechanics of international trade and to maximise your growth.  

Sheffield City Region Chambers: Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, Doncaster Chamber, Sheffield Chamber

European Enterprise Network

Enterprise Europe Network offers a local route to free, tailored support and advice that can help businesses innovate and grow internationally, faster. The Network can help local firms find partners overseas for commercial, technological and research collaboration.  It also offers support and advice on sourcing or licensing new technologies, accessing funding and finance and understanding EU regulations and guidance.  
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Department for International Trade 

DIT, former UKTI, works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. DIT has regional offices in Yorkshire & Humber and in the East Midlands.

The organisation also has sector specialists in Advanced Engineering, encompassing aerospace, automotive, mechanical, electrical and process engineering, metallurgical process plant, metals, minerals and materials.
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To find Department for International Trade events near you please click here

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