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Crafts Council International Export Toolkit

Funded by Department for International Trade;
published April 2019

Working internationally can open up many opportunities for business and creative growth and enable you to develop your creative practice. Crafts Council have sort funding from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to create a timely and vital resource: The International Export Toolkit.  We have compiled information on logistics; a how to guide; international events; case studies of makers experiences developing their practice overseas and films of discussions with industry advisors and makers on the top tips to help you make exporting a reality.

A continuing theme from advisors and established makers who have contributed to this resource is that growing your international presence involves a great deal of investigation.  It is hard work and costly both in your time and money but extremely  rewarding when you get it right.  We recommend you take the following three steps before you start your export journey:

  1. Take your time and set a plan.  Make this plan SMART (realistic, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound).
  2. Research - remember you cannot plan without data.  Who are your potential buyers; what are the markets and what logistics do you need to consider. 
  3. Preparation - what factors do you need to have in place for your business before you can proceed with your planning?  

The International Export Toolkit includes:

If you have any questions about this toolkit please email makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk

We invite you to let us know if you have found this toolkit useful; which elements in particular and if there are any additions you would like to see included? Please email your feedback

Video Resources

Future Proofing your Business Pre Brexit with Crafts Council, Briffa Legal and International Consultant Barbara Gunter Jones:

Researching a New Overseas Market case studies on NY Now USA; Kuwait Handicraft Fair and Formland Spring in Denmark with Silvia Kamodyova; Rebecca and Michael from May Wild Studio and Majeda Clarke

Export Planning with Barbara Gunter Jones in conversation with Silvia Kamodyova; Rebecca and Michael from May Wild Studio and Majeda Clarke.