When embarking on an export drive to a new market there can be no substitute for first visiting the market to investigate the prospects, competition, customs, standards and regulations. Trade missions provide a cost effective way of exploring the opportunities and making contacts and often provide benefits such as expert advisors and translators.


Organisations, such as British Expertise, the Department for International Trade, and individual British Chambers of Commerce, frequently arrange outward missions to world markets and often provide generous subsidies for UK businesses. For construction industry exporters, many such missions are timed to include a visit to or participation at trade exhibitions. It is worth remembering that Construct UK's database of International Construction Exhibitions details over 900 forthcoming events in world markets: it may be viewed here (you must be logged in to access it).

Mission organisers will also assist you and your company in meeting your exporting goals. Ahead of the visit, staff will be able to help you with essential research and will liaise with the local British Embassy before and during the visit to provide any additional market intelligence and to ensure maximum publicity.

Full details of how to participate and listings of upcoming trade missions are advertised on the websites of the respective organisations. For details visit:

British Expertise

Department for International Trade’s Exporting is Great

British Chambers of Commerce

Construction Industry International Trade Missions