Textiles from Scotland are in demand around the world. From the finest cashmere, lace and wool tweeds to advanced technical textiles, our industry has customers in over 150 markets around the world.

  • Our textile industry is the 7th largest exporter of manufactured goods in Scotland.
  • Textiles account for over 3 per cent of all Scottish manufactured exports.
  • The textiles industry creates more value (per £ million of output) than any other manufacturing sector in Scotland
  • and textiles accounts for over 6 per cent of all manufacturing jobs in Scotland.

The following partners and organisations have the information or assistance you need, whether you’re completely new to exporting, have some experience, or are looking to expand a well established range of global markets and services, there’s always more you can do to increase your bottom line.

UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme

Taking part in overseas exhibitions is an effective way for companies to test new markets, attract new customers, appoint agents or distributors and make sales. UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support to attend these events.

TAP offers businesses the option of participating as part of a group led by an Accredited Trade Organisation (ATO). TAP grants vary from £1,000 to £1,800.

To be eligible for the programme, companies should:

  • Be an SME, a UK publicly funded centre of higher learning or a UK publicly funded research organisation.
  • Meet the new exporter(*) criteria or have been exporting for less than 10 years or not have exhibited at the previous exhibition.
  • Have less than six TAP grants (involving more than one market).
  • Have applied for funding at least eight weeks prior to the exhibition.

UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) website


Scottish Development International (SDI)

SDI supports the industry in international markets. Its trained and experienced team of advisers based in all continents are available to assist businesses seeking to maximise opportunties in new markets.

SDI partners with UKTI to utilise a global network of Embassies and Consulates. SDI offers businesses a range of services including strategy development, research, and in-market support. SDI is also the lead agency in presenting the textiles industry to international markets through showcase activities.

Whether it’s finding an agent or identifying a buyer, SDI can support activities to help internationalise your business. With a network of 20 offices in international markets SDI provides the industry with up to date market information and through its network of contacts assists the industry to identify market and profile opportunities.

SDI in Scotland has a full time textiles manager and regional executives you can call on for advice and support. The key markets for Scotland, as identified by industry, are Russia, North America and Japan, but by far our biggest customer remains Europe.

SDI organises a programme of textiles events throughout the year in key markets from learning journeys to emerging markets, to support for attending or exhibiting at important trade shows.

Scottish Development International (SDI) website


Smart Exporter

Smart Exporter is our international business skills programme – free to any company registered in Scotland. It’s delivered by Scottish Development International (SDI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), co-funded by the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

For information please visit here.

Import duties

Search for import duties in the markets you are targeting and other related information at the Market Access Database


Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)

TED is an online resource dedicated to European public procurement, providing free access to business opportunities. It is updated five times a week with around 1500 procurement notices.

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) website


International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

ICC is the voice of world business championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. The first Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits came out in 1933 and the latest version, UCP 600, came into effect in January 1994. These rules are used by banks throughout the world. For more information on these, supplements and Incoterms® 2010 (in force from 1 January 2011) and more, visit the website.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) website


The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)

CBBC is the leading organisation helping UK companies grow and develop their business in China. Its mission is to help UK companies of all sizes and sectors, whether new entrants or established operations, access the full potential of the fastest growing market in the world. The CBBC website includes details on upcoming Scotland-China events including business clinics.

China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) website