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Markets Toolkit

Find out how your business can drive growth by accessing new markets


The world is changing fast these days and new market opportunities are continually emerging from multiple sources. It may be technology driven, demographic changes, developing economies or even a political change such as leaving the European Union.

For most early-stage businesses, the nearest market can be the most cost effective to exploit. New technologies can unlock business opportunities right on our doorstep to prove, establish and build a business on.

We should also never forget that trading nationally from the North East brings wealth into our region, helping to it grow and compete better on a national and international stage.

Our businesses have an excellent track record on exports to Europe especially and this is something to be built upon and developed. This toolkit provides all the information you need to start trading abroad, including new government legislation to import or export goods in the EU and beyond.

Exporting can help you grow your business by finding new customers and increasing your sales

Whether you’re new to exporting or looking to develop your knowledge even further, there is a range of support for you and your business through the Department for Business & Trade (DBT).  This includes help to:

  • find an export market
  • choose a route to market
  • prepare to do business in a foreign country
  • prepare for export procedures and logics

In conversation with Simon Hanson

We caught up with Simon Hanson, Economic Development and Policy Manager at NEPO, to find out why local businesses should consider applying for public procurement opportunities both here in the North East and further afield.


Visit NEPO for public sector procurement opportunities across the North East LEP region. 

Government support for trading overseas

Check out our insight piece which summarises the support and information available for businesses exploring new overseas markets.

Export support service

Contact the export support team if you’re a UK business selling goods or services to any country in the world except Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.

Useful resources

Using the Evidence Hub for market research

The North East Evidence Hub takes a fresh look at global trends and economic markets that present opportunities for future regional growth in the North East Combined Authority area.

Understanding incoterms

Download a Q&A explaining how incoterms are used to negotiate sales with international customers.

Trade Remedies Authority

Defending UK economic interests against unfair international trade practices

News and insights

Talk to one of our team who will help you connect to the support you need to grow and develop your business.

if your local authority isn't listed above, you can view details of how to get in touch with your local Growth Hub

Markets schemes 

Find out more about the schemes on offer across the region.

Grow North Tyneside

Free one-to-one support and mentoring for growing businesses which have been trading for more than 12 months in North Tyneside.
Business support Trading business Becoming Net Zero North Tyneside Finance Markets

Scaleup North East

Scaleup North East works with businesses that can demonstrate both the hunger and potential to achieve high levels of growth.
Business support Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Gateshead North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership Markets

North of Tyne Culture and Creative Zone Programme

The North of Tyne Culture and Creative Zone (CCZ) Programme is a new programme that aims to establish a supportive and attractive environment for creatives and cultural businesses to locate, start-up and grow.
Business support Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne North Tyneside Northumberland Customers Markets People and skills

Farming Advisory Service

Empowering Farm Enterprises: Specialised Support for Growth, Resilience and Diversification.
Business support Trading business Northumberland Markets People and skills Operations

The TEDCO Growth Track Programme

Growth Track is a support service for high-growth businesses looking to increase market share, develop a new product or service, or enhance customer experience.
Business support Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne North Tyneside Northumberland Customers Markets Products and services Operations

UK Space Agency Accelerator

Start up and grow in space with the UK Space Agency Accelerator.
Business support Start-up Trading business Finance Markets People and skills Products and services

The UK Games Fund (UKGF) Content Fund

Creative developers and start-up studios are invited to bid for a share of £5 million in government funding to turn their new video game ideas into market leaders.
Finance & funding Grant Trading business Markets Products and services Operations

World Franchise Council

The World Franchise Council (WFC) is a non-political association of more than 40 national franchise associations from around the world.
Business support Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Markets