Grow your creative-industries business through international sales


The UK’s creative industries are renowned worldwide for their exceptional quality, innovation and value for money. There is huge global demand for the nation’s creative industries products and services.

New free-trade agreements, and the Government’s international promotion of the UK’s creative offer, are opening doors for UK companies around the world. The Department for International Trade (DIT) offers a wide range of free support to help your business take advantage of new global opportunities.


Export support for UK creative-industries companies

Does your company operate in a content-focused sector such as television, film, music, publishing, video games or immersive technology? Does it provide services such as advertising, architecture, design, crafts, events and attractions, performing arts or the experience economy? Is it in the fashion industry? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, DIT can help your business grow through international sales. For example, the department can help you to:


Grant Support


UK creative businesses can access grant support through the schemes outlined below:

Internationalisation Fund (England only)

UK Trade Fair Programme,

Music Export Growth Scheme,

International Showcase Fund,

Four Nations International Fund,

International Collaboration Grants,



Export Licensing

The Export Licensing Unit in Arts Council England issues individual export licences on behalf of the Secretary of State for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for certain cultural goods that reach or exceed specific age and monetary value thresholds whether on a permanent or temporary basis.


Intellectual Property Protection

You should consider getting IP protection if you want to trade overseas or sell to overseas customers via the internet. Start by developing an international strategy, identifying your markets, business goals and resources and by accessing the government’s international network of IP attachés.


Contact us for expert advice 


You can get sector-specific export support from DIT’s team of creative-industries specialists, who have worked in the sector and are well qualified to give expert advice. 

If you would like to speak to a specialist, or you have a question about how DIT can help you sell overseas, please email the team at