Trade Missions

International Trade Missions

We can support fast-growth MSBs on their export journey. We run regular Trade Missions to key export territories around the world, where businesses are introduced to key contacts to help build connections and secure deals.

Taking a strong UK business and turning it into a viable exporter can seem like an ambition too far for many owner-managers. However, with the right support, access to expert help and, most importantly, a guided visit to a target market, many businesses are more than capable of making concrete steps towards securing international sales and presence.

What is a Trade Mission?

Trade Missions give eligible delegates the opportunity to spend up to seven days in a target export market, meeting local experts and businesspeople, as well as taking advantage of introductions enabled by our teams. 

Trade Missions have proved extremely popular with almost 33% of delegates gaining a new distributor, supplier or customer within three to six months of their return to the UK, while another 16% have had significant results within a year.

“I think we would have found it much harder to secure the contract if we hadn’t had the opportunity to go out and meet people face-to-face.”  Neil Douglas, Co-founder, Viper Subsea


  • Tailored trips to key potential export markets.
  • Opportunity to gain hands-on insight into the local economy, export laws, regulations and supply chain.
  • Face-to-face meetings with potential contacts and customers.
  • Meetings with industry figures and local entrepreneurs relevant to your sector.

How to apply

Trade Missions are heavily subsidised by Santander and places are available to eligible participants. To register your interest in attending a Trade Mission and to find out more about the eligibility criteria, please email:

Hear from some of our previous attendees

Michelle Wright, CEO of Cause4, which assists charities and social enterprises with fundraising, used her trip to New York to advance projects and find out how Cause4’s work could translate in the US. “I achieved those goals and I’m already working on projects based on the relationships that I built in New York,” she says.

A Mexico Trade Mission enabled Glynn Pegler, founder and CEO of content marketing company Culture Group, to investigate how the business might operate there. The contacts he made resulted in a number of requests to develop services for new clients. “It was great to attend and enjoy the expertise offered by Santander.“Mexico is the gateway into North America and has more free trade agreements than any other country in the world, which creates particular efficiencies for businesses wanting to trade with North America and the rest of the world.”

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