Export advice

Help on international trading is available from Department for International Trade (previously known as UK Trade & Investment or UKTI)

The Department for International Trade supports companies that want to trade and invest overseas.

If your business is based in the South West, please contact the Department for International Trade, South West team below for advice on international trading and gaining access to their full range of services:

Department for International Trade South West

Leigh Court
Abbots Leigh
Tel: 01275 370 944
E-mail: uktisw@mobile.ukti.gov.uk

In addition, the UK Advisory Network directory contains high quality and trusted professional support for foreign investors setting up in the UK.

Francis Clark International Services supports UK businesses looking to invest and/or trade internationally, and businesses with overseas interests looking to expand internationally.

Brexit: the legal implications for procurement

If you operate in the services sector and want to start a business in another EU country, try the Points of single contact for advice. 

From a UK perspective, the British law regime governing procurement remains, for the time being, unchanged. As widely reported in the press, Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty sets out the formalities required for the UK to formally commence its withdrawal. That will take some time and will require Parliament to repeal the European Communities Act 1972. When it does start, the process, which has never before been invoked, can take up to two years.

In the public sector arena, relevant EU laws are largely transposed into domestic laws such as the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These will not be repealed overnight.  British firms competing for public procurement contracts in other EU member states are still guaranteed access to the public procurement market by the Procurement Directive for the time-being.

But in the telecoms, post, water, energy and defence sectors there are already specific rules allowing the market to be closed to bidders from third party countries, which is what the UK will become.

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Last updated 17 August 2016