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About the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT)

Established in 1935, the Institute of Export & International Trade is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.

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Helping you get it right first time, every time

It may seem obvious, but training your staff to deliver your products or services right first time, every time, will lower your costs and improve the experience you deliver to your customers. Choosing a great export training partner who understands about making a profit internationally can really help your company take off in your export markets. Combined with great quality, it makes our short courses hard to beat. Our programmes can be linked with CPD awards or internal training and our experience as a provider of independently regulated qualifications helps us to help you effectively. We have a pool of experienced, accredited and specialised trainers, you can rest assured that IOE&IT short courses are second to none. No matter what level you are at, our courses will give you the skills and expertise you need to gain a competitive advantage in the challenging and complex world of export, import and international trade.

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Becoming a Business or Corporate Member* of the Institute of Export & International Trade could save you up to £1500 each year in benefits and discounts. 

The IOE&IT is the only professional membership body offering international traders a voice, and opportunity to demonstrate the vital skills and competences needed in a global marketplace. We have many benefits of membership that are all focused around international trade, helping your business run smoothly and keeping you up-to-date. Normally charged at £250 annually, our membership’s value far outweighs the cost.

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Institute of Export & International Trade

We have a complete range of online qualifications to meet the needs of learners, from those that have no experience, up to those who wish to qualify themselves to take a business degree.

Why Choose an IOE&IT Qualification?

  • Written by experts for commercial success

  • Learn about best practice right from the start

  • Course content linked to practical and commercial scenarios

  • Designed to fit around a full-time career

  • Delivered through distance learning complemented by webinar and online tutorials

  • Possible recognition of applied prior learning and prior experiential learning

  • The IOE&IT is an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual to ensure the courses meet national standards

We are proud of the fact that we have a 95% pass rate for our students who follow one of our Blended Distance Learning Programmes.

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Contact details:

The Institute of Export & International Trade
Export House
Minerva Business Park
Lynch Wood

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 404400


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International Market Advisor (IMA)

International Market Advisor (IMA) works with British and Foreign Government departments, Embassies, High Commissions and international Chambers of Commerce throughout the world. Our work helps to identify the most efficient ways for British companies to trade with and invest in opportunity-rich overseas markets.

During the last ten years IMA has worked with the British Government's overseas trade and investment department, the Department for International Trade (DIT - formerly UKTI), and has written, designed, produced, launched and distributed over one million copies of more than 100 country-specific print and multi-media based reports, guides and publications, including the internationally-recognised ‘Doing Business Guide’ series of trade publications. These are composed of market and industry sector-specific, multi-format print and digital trade reports, together with some of the internet’s most visited international trade websites - all of which are designed to advise and assist UK companies looking to trade with and invest in overseas markets. These reports and guides are then distributed free-of-charge through the IMA and DIT global networks - over 500 distribution outlets in total. Further distribution takes place at global exhibitions, roadshows, conferences and trade missions, and IMA receives daily requests for additional copies of the guides from these networks and from businesses considering exporting.

Each of IMA’s 'Doing Business Guides’ is produced in three formats: a full colour, glossy, paper-based brochure; a supporting fully-interactive and updatable multi-media based website; and the website contents available as a free-of-charge downloadable smartphone/tablet app. The guides’ contents focus on the market in question, how to approach that market and the help and support available, and include informative market overviews, plus details of business opportunities, listings with website links to British and Foreign Government support services and essential private sector service-provider profiles.

Sponsoring a ‘Doing Business Guide’ therefore offers a unique opportunity to positively promote your products and services to high-profile business leaders, specific exporters, investors and effective business travellers who will be actively seeking out service providers to assist them in developing their business interests in the targeted markets.

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