Creative industries: export help

How the Department for International Trade (DIT) can help UK companies in the creative industries export overseas.

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The UK has a long and successful history of trading with all parts of the world. Its creative industries are a huge success story, delivering over £17.9 billion of exports in 2013, 8.7% of all UK exports.

Music, television, film, games, fashion, design and architecture have been notably strong at developing content, products, services and talent for overseas markets. For more information see:

For more information on the UK creative industries visit

Department for International Trade Creative Industries team:

  • works with the main industry bodies and stakeholders across the sector to help UK companies succeed in the international market
  • promotes the UK’s world class creative industries sector
  • provides access to key decision makers and potential partners in markets across the globe

They do this through:

  • a tailored programme of support at major international trade fairs
  • bespoke seminars
  • trade missions

Contact: John Durkan

Follow DIT Creative team on Twitter @tradegovuk_CI

Creative events

Register your interest to attend DIT creative events, including missions and webinars.

Watch highlights of the UK’s creative showcase during the Chinese state visit:

Video: Creative Collaborations: UK and China

Export opportunities

DIT provides free international export sales leads from its worldwide network. Find creative export opportunities.

Export finance

You may need some form of credit guarantee or insurance to protect you against non-payment or other financial issues in certain markets. UK Export Finance (UKEF) can provide extra capital to finance large projects and help grow businesses.

Consult with a UKEF export finance adviser to find out about trade finance and insurance support.

See how UKEF helped BDP (a global design practice providing expert architectural, design and engineering services).

UK Export Finance: BDP video case study


The UK has a strong track record in developing and promoting the international careers of its talented composers and performers. It consistently delivers acts that break across international territories and sell in markets right across the world. Recorded UK music exports grew by 17% in 2014, reflecting the UK’s status as the second largest provider in the world (source: Measuring Music 2015).

The Music Export Growth Scheme, launched in September 2013, provides £1 million a year to help UK music companies develop artists or projects internationally.

Updates to this page

Published 24 July 2014
Last updated 21 April 2017 + show all updates
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