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Export Support for Companies in

the Hull and East Yorkshire Region

HEY LEP is working in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and other partners to deliver tailored export support for companies across the Hull and East Yorkshire region. Businesses new to exporting are encouraged to engage with the Export Academy in order to learn more about what it takes to successfully export their goods and services to customers around the world with confidence.


Signing up to the free Export Academy gives you access to a series of core modules which cover the basics of exporting along with other targeted workshops which are added on a  regular basis. You will also have access to other opportunities and workshops as part of DIT’s events and trade mission programme to help you access new exporting opportunities, markets and overseas contacts.

Additionally, you will be able to access the our on-demand service where you can watch recordings of all workshops as and when it’s convenient for you. We do however encourage all businesses to join our live workshops as it will give you access to our expert speakers and the opportunity to ask questions right there. To gain access to webinar recordings, please contact us.

HEY LEP is working closely with DIT to deliver the best possible support service and provide you with services relevant for your business to help you maximise your export growth potential and ambitions.

Joining the Export Academy will also give you the opportunity to connect with likeminded businesses in the region and network with private and public sector organisations. 
The majority of our workshops and events can be accessed online, and be joined conveniently from your home or the office, however some of them may be delivered in person. Keep an eye out for updates once you have signed up. Once registered for the Export Academy you will be able to easily amend your booking and register for new events.

Register now for the Export academy and select the workshops you would like to join 


The Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP), covering the two council geographies of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, represents the region’s private sector in conversations with Government on economic development and ensures its influence is maintained at  Northern Powerhouse and Transport for the North level as well as looking for opportunities to collaborate on geographical or sector issues with other parts of the Yorkshire and the UK.


As a convener for export, HEY LEP works with the Department of International Trade (DIT) and other partners to promote international trade and growth through export.

Export Academy Workshop Topics and Core Modules

Identify Export Markets and Create an Export Action Plan

8 February 2022, 13:00 15:00

In this introductory workshop, we will explore what key challenges your business might face and how you can overcome them. Find out how to research markets of opportunity and start your export plan. 

Selling Services Overseas


10 February 2022, 13:00 - 14:30

For businesses who sell services, this hour and a half workshop is an essential introduction to finding opportunities overseas and how to deliver your service successfully.

Understanding Export Documentation

17 February 2022, 13:00 - 15:00

From customs procedures to international contracts and tariffs, this workshop will prepare you for export documentation, discuss why exports are controlled and what goods are subjected to licenses and restrictions.

Financing International Trade and Payment Terms

22 Feburary 2022, 13:00 - 15:00

Explore routes to market, export costing, and how you can prepare your pricing strategies for your international customer. We will look at how to reduce the risk of non-payment, as well as international payment methods and exchange rates.

Incoterms, Shipping and Customs Requirements

24 February 2022, 13:00 - 15:00

Improve your knowledge of trade tariffs as we look at the Harmonised System (HS) code, classifying of goods, valuation
for customs and origin rules, as well as where to go for help if you need further support.

Export Academy Speakers

Heather Witney Export Academy Adviser at Department for International Trade, Yorkshire and the Humber 

Heather has worked for DIT for over four years and has over 15 years’ experience working in sales and in customer facing roles. Her real passion is working with people to assist them in achieving their business aspirations and exporting goals. As the Export Academy Adviser for Yorkshire and the Humber she is your point of contact as you go through the programme so please don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions. 

Simon Bedford, International Trade Adviser at Department for International Trade, Yorkshire and the Humber 

Simon has worked for the Department for International Trade (DIT), and prior to that UKTI, for over 12 years. In this time Simon has worked with more than 1,000 companies discussing the company’s strategy, assessing appropriate “route to market” options and supporting their international growth ambitions. Simon has also co-written a range of guides for DIT and his book “Exporting Made Easy” gives practical advice on selling overseas through agents and distributors. Simon has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of markets from Europe and the USA, to the Middle East and South East Asia. He worked for many years in the international division of a Belgian multinational. Additionally, Simon is an Associate Lecturer in International Business and Marketing at Sheffield Hallam University.

Karen Mosley, Director at KranLee Logistics Limited 

Karen is a director of KranLee Logistics Limited based in Chesterfield assisting clients with all worldwide logistics requirements and customs matters. Karen has over 25 years’ experience in International Trade both at exporter and importer level with the bulk of experience from logistics and customs. Karen prides herself on sharing knowledge and providing training to others to assist effective, proven administration procedures within business engaged in international trade.