Help available for you
Support from the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore
The British Chamber of Commerce Singapore, established in 1954, is an independent membership organisation with commitments to strengthening ties between the UK and Singapore.
Their goal is to deliver member values through their services, which work towards supporting their members to achieve their business objectives and to align with the Chamber’s mission of building networks, connecting businesses and creating opportunities.
The Chamber can support your needs, whether you are only beginning to research the ASEAN market by scoping market opportunities, you have established your business and are wanting to grow, you want to build connections with the UK Government, or you are looking for brand exposure and employee development activities.
The Chamber hosts a full calendar of activities throughout the year, including events, publications and membership collaboration opportunities. They are available to help as a point of resource, introduction, networking, learning and profile-raising.
The Chamber, from their leading position, is a strong and credible voice for their members and British businesses in Singapore and beyond.
[Source – British Chamber of Commerce Singapore]
Support from the UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) provides tailored support packages for companies who are:
first time exporters (FTEs)
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
medium-sized businesses (MSBs)
If you are a UK-registered company, you can benefit from a unique programme, ‘Exporting is GREAT’, presenting real-time export opportunities that you can apply for online. This is part of the drive to significantly increase the number of UK companies exporting.
‘Exporting is GREAT’ is part of the UK Government’s ‘GREAT’ campaign, and presents live export opportunities to UK businesses across a range of media outlets and digital channels. Hundreds of these export opportunities, with a potential total value of more than £300 million, are hosted on: https://www.great.gov.uk/.
‘GREAT’ has tailored support and advice for UK businesses on how to start exporting or increase the amount of goods and services they sell overseas.
read guidance for new, occasional and frequent exporters
find out about services offered by ‘GREAT’ partners
use the selling online overseas tool at: https://www.great.gov.uk/selling-online-overseas/ to find the best marketplaces to showcase your products online
you can take advantage of special deals negotiated by the government for UK businesses, and find out more about the UK Government’s E-Exporting Programme, at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-exporting
apply at: https://www.great.gov.uk/export-opportunities/ for overseas export opportunities for your products or services
create a business profile at: https://www.great.gov.uk/find-a-buyer/, which will allow you to promote your products and services to international buyers
search for events, trade fairs, missions and webinars relevant to your sector or overseas markets, at: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200183029&
see upcoming DIT international ministerial visits, at: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200183333&
apply for a tradeshow access grant at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tradeshow-access-programme to attend an overseas event
contact a trade adviser in your area, at: https://www.great.gov.uk/contact/office-finder/
Getting local market help to sell overseas
DIT has trade specialists who can help you commission services from local experts overseas. This includes:
country and sector advice
local market research
support during overseas visits
identification of possible business partners
preparation for exhibitions and events
To find out more about commissioning any of these services, contact a DIT Trade Adviser in your region at: https://www.great.gov.uk/contact/triage/location/ for a free consultation, or see further details at:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade/about-our-services.
If you already trade internationally, and have decided that Singapore is part of your business strategy, you are advised to contact DIT at the British High Commission Singapore prior to your visit to discuss your objectives and what help you may need. See: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/department-for-international-trade-singapore#contact-us.
They can provide a range of Singapore-specific services for you, including the provision of market information, validated lists of agents/potential partners, key market players or potential customers; establishing interest from such contacts; and arranging in-market appointments. In addition, they can also organise events for you to meet contacts in Singapore, or to promote your company and your products/services.
For further information about DIT services, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade/about-our-services.
[Source – DIT, gov.uk]
Support from the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT)
Raising the profile of international trade qualifications and experienced members is only part of how IOE&IT membership is essential for any individual or business involved with global trade.
Importantly, the IOE&IT also offer access to a unique range of benefits and services specific to international trade:
Help with any export issues you come across. Our team of experts can help with questions on documentation, export controls, the UK Bribery Act, customs and VAT procedures, regulatory and compliance issues, insurance issues, payment terms, transport and logistics. Members get free access to our experts via a technical helpline. See: https://www.export.org.uk/page/Export_Helpline.
A voice for your ideas and concerns. We represent your point of view and feed back to government, HMRC and other influencing bodies on issues that impact you, plus participate in Institute responses to central government with regard to proposed legislative changes.
A complete range of international trade qualifications – for those that have no experience, up to those who wish to qualify themselves to take a business degree. The Institute's qualifications are widely recognised as providing both employers and employees with the necessary international business practice linked to satisfying career planning and development. See: https://www.export.org.uk/page/qualifications.
A range of short courses giving you the skills and expertise you need to gain a competitive advantage in the challenging and complex world of export, import and international trade. See: https://www.export.org.uk/page/TrainingCourses.
An extensive events programme to help you share information and connect at every level in the international trade community, whether it is sector-specific or regional. See: https://www.export.org.uk/events/event_list.asp.
Inclusion in surveys to research the attitudes and changes to world trade.
For more information on how the IOE&IT can help you, or on becoming a member, contact the IOE&IT at: https://www.export.org.uk/page/about.
Open to Export
Open to Export is the IOE&IT’s free online advice service for UK companies looking to grow internationally. It offers free information and support on anything to do with exporting and hosts online discussions via its forum, webinars and social media, where businesses can ask any export question and learn from each other.
Open to Export can be accessed at: http://opentoexport.com/.
[Source – Institute of Export & International Trade]
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