International trade

UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets by helping them to export their products and services overseas. UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets.

Exporting is GREAT

Exporting is GREAT aims to inspire and support 100,000 additional UK exporters to sell their goods and services overseas by 2020.

Launched in November 2015, the Exporting is GREAT initiative will run for five years and is designed to empower UK SMEs to take advantage of the global appetite for British products, skills and expertise in markets around the world. In partnership with major British businesses, the programme will support companies at every stage of their exporting journey - from identifying opportunities to winning contracts overseas.

As the world becomes ever more globalised and digital, the potential for you to reach out to new customers and lucrative new markets beyond the UK has never been greater.

Whatever your sector, there’s a market out there for your products or services. That goes for established markets, like the European Union (EU) and US, and high-growth markets such as Brazil, India, China, Colombia, Indonesia and others.

Visit the Exporting is GREAT website to:

  • search and apply for live export opportunities
  • download your essential guide to exporting
  • sign up for business events near you
  • find expert advice and services to get you started.


Telephone: 0345 052 4001
Twitter: @ukti_emids

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-driven service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) looking for support to grow internationally by exporting from the UK. Companies can work together and share information, advice and support about export market opportunities and means of entry.

The information, answers, advice and articles on Open to Export are all composed by the site's users, community and key contributors.

Osnabruck Twinning

Derby has been twinned with Osnabrück, Germany since 1976. Both cities have envoys working in their city councils.

As part of the twinning, the Chambers of Commerce for both cities have built up a relationship to promote trade between the UK and Germany. The Osnabrück Envoy works with the support of:

  • Derby Tourism Team
  • Economic Regeneration Team
  • Marketing Derby

Together they work to make the twinning more beneficial from a business point of view.

For more information, please contact the Osnabrück envoy:

Telephone: 01332 255816

Shaanxi Province - China

In April 2010, we signed an economic co-operation agreement with the Shaanxi Provincial Government that created a relationship with this important province. The Shaanxi Province has a population of around 36 million people.

The relationship emerged through the presence of Rolls-Royce in both areas and due to the important similarities in the business profile of Shaanxi an Derby.

Xi'an, the capital of the Shaanxi province, has the strongest engineering capabilities in China's Northwest region, in particular as a national development and manufacturing base for the aviation and aerospace industry. Xi'an is also home to a High-Tec Development Zone, with the development of the ICT industry being strongly supported by a large number of universities and research centres.

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 255000 (for new and existing businesses only)
Minicom: 01332 640666
Marketing Derby: 01332 201860 (for businesses looking to relocate to Derby only)
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street

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