Trade missions

We have over 12 years of experience delivering more 80 trade missions, to 30 countries, across 5 continents. Our missions reduce the risk and cost for businesses who want to take the first steps into new markets or expand their existing operations overseas.

From small groups consisting of several companies at different levels of exporting, to large ministerial delegations we arrange visits with our team who are there to support businesses throughout the trip.

Prior to visits, significant research takes place for each business to find potential buyers, agents, distributors, associations and partners, providing delegates with the best opportunity to gather important information, showcase their company and make valuable overseas contacts.

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What we offer

Suitable for both virtual and in-market visits, our trade missions can be organised for individual businesses and small groups, to large ministerial delegations.

These trade missions help to identify potential buyers, agents, distributors, associations, and partners, providing delegates with the best opportunity to gather important information, showcase their company and make valuable overseas contacts.

Customise your trade mission by selecting from the list of services we offer.

Market Research

After an initial meeting to understand the requirements of the business our team will spend time conducting intensive market research to identify relevant overseas organisations matched to the businesses product and/or services. Then, using our tried and tested techniques, we will find the most relevant contacts within the overseas organisations.

Appointment Setting

Utilising the data from our extensive market research, UMi will spend time reaching out to potential customers and partners at the overseas organisations in order to facilitate 1-2-1 meetings with relevant sales contacts.

Market Briefing Sessions

Utilising our extensive network of connections UMi will work with in-market partners such as Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce, to create briefing sessions that will help a business understand the opportunities and obstacles to doing business in an overseas market.

Travel and Logistics

Flights, Hotel, Taxis, Minibuses – we can help manage all the logistics of overseas market visits for both solo visitors and groups.

In-Market Support

Our team can be on hand 24/7 in market to manage any unforeseen circumstances and act as a concierge and host to accompany the trade mission, where ever in the world it is! They will be there to manage travel and accommodation, site visits, manage your schedule to ensure you get where you need to be, when you need to be there. What’s more they will also ensure that you can make the most of your oversees experience.

Post Market Support

De-brief and post mission report to summarise outcomes and next steps along with a range of tools and resources to help you take action on your personalised set of actions to make the most of existing or future opportunities. 

Key Statistics

Partners work with us because of our

Innovative & bespoke programme design

we can implement the whole programme life cycle, from design to delivery covering all processes in-between

Multi-channel approach

we deliver services across multiple channels and formats to ensure we engage with businesses wherever they may be

Streamlined Process

our tried and tested modular setup allows for seamless customer journeys

Robust governance & compliance

operating in line with FCA, ISO 9001:2015, and Cyber Essentials Plus with tried and tested processes

Industry leading deployment

using world class technology solutions delivered with agility and entrepreneurial flair

Meaningful and impactful interactions

our programmes focus on practical, actionable advice and support with the tools to back it up

Transparent reporting & management

interactive dashboards and a dedicated account manager gives you full visibility of a fund’s performance

Marketing and business engagement

we can build awareness and drive adoption of eligible businesses

B Corporation Certification

we meet rigorous and externally verified social and environmental standards, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profits with purpose

The presentations organised by the organisers provided useful information about the South African economy. Of major importance was the presentation on black empowerment.
Equaliser International
We are looking for 2 partners, one to sell to schools, the other to sell to parents. As a result of the trip we are at advanced stages in this process for both markets.
10 Ticks
Having attended several SDI Missions, I really felt that the US SDI team worked hard to organise a really useful and beneficial programme for the group. I particularly enjoyed the ‘luxury marketing’ sessions which I found to be very useful. I would like to thank Paul at UMi and Sean and Michael at SDI for the organisation.
Ardmay House International Summer School
Everyone worked hard to make the mission a success. The quality of contacts and their seniority was impeccable.


If you have any queries, or need help and advice, please contact:

Paul Clark 

Head of Commercial Services