Andrew Scott-Green is the Department for International Trade contact for rail covering the Midlands.

Andrew Scott-Green BSc MBA C.Eng MRAeS FIET
International Trade Advisor & Rail Sector Specialist

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How can I help you?

The Department of International Trade exists to help UK companies export. That ranges from those looking to export for the first time to more experienced exporters seeking to increase their overseas sales or enter new markets. We work with product and service companies, large or small, regardless of their sector.

The export journey can take many different paths. To help you on that journey an International Trade Advisor can help you. I am an ITA specialising in the rail sector as previously I have worked in rail developing signalling and train control products and then delivering projects using those products in Finland, Norway and Taiwan.  I can help signpost all the services available to you from DIT and use my experience and network and those of my numerous DIT colleagues to assist your journey.

DIT services include networking events, seminars, webcasts, market visits, meet the buyer and 1:1 support in many areas. Please do get in touch so can have a talk to an ITA to see how we can help. When in industry I used many of the DIT services that helped us win some very substantial contracts.

Example of services we have that most will use are:

Risk guides

Country reports

Export opportunity alerts

Current Opportunities

Please see below current opportunities with SBB in Switzerland:


Forthcoming Rail Missions and Events

Opportunities in China 20 – 23 September 2019

Are you interested in selling your products or services to China or looking for a way to assess the market?  Derby City Council and East Midlands Chamber are taking a mission to the World Manufacturing Convention in Derby’s twin city, Hefei, China (20-23 September).

Run in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, the Midlands Engine and the Department for International Trade, the mission offers an ideal platform to explore opportunities in China or just assess the market.

This is a significant national level event in China and the UK’s position as the “Country of Honour” will be leveraged to maximise business matching.

Marketing Derby will be hosting its first Chinese Embassy event in Hefei during the visit.

The theme of the convention is “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity Embracing the New Era of Manufacturing”, and it covers not only manufacturing and engineering, but also the support services needed for a business to thrive (industrial, environmental, financial, technical etc).

It will offer:
– Free entry to The World Manufacturing Convention;
– Personalised and pre-arranged business matching with companies in Anhui and at the Convention;
– Before the mission, an introduction programme on the business environment and on operating in China delivered by the China–Britain Business Council (CBBC);
– Grants for qualifying SMEs of up to £940;
– Specific UK business events to showcase our skills, talents and offering.

Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils have a long and close relationship with the province of Anhui and the city of Hefei, with a project director based there. These close relationships will be of real benefit to Derbyshire businesses in preparing for the convention.

If you are interested in following up this opportunity, please contact the Department of International Trade West Midlands at:

TRAKO  Poland 24 – 27 September 2019

The Midlands Engine has booked a stand on the UK Pavilion at this year’s TRAKO International Railway Fair and they want to showcase companies from the Midlands – at no cost to you.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in one of the largest and most prestigious rail shows in Europe. The stand can be used to meet new, existing or potential clients, with DIT staff and translators on hand throughout. You will also be able to join an exclusive and in-depth market briefing from local DIT staff on the Monday before the show, and attend receptions and networking events. This is limited to one person per company.

DIT are also expecting to arrange additional added value activities for which there will be a small charge (Probably around £100). They already have a block booking in a hotel (£125 per night inc. breakfast) with a free bus trip each day to and from the show included. You may qualify for a Market Visit Support grant that can be used as a significant contribution towards flights and hotel. If you are a UK owned company with offices in the Midlands with less than 250 staff i.e. an SME then you probably qualify.

Further information:
As you might expect, places are limited. The closing date for this offer is 12th July but hotel spaces are limited and the grant can take a few days to process, so please contact Andrew Scott-Green at ASAP for more details or to secure your place.

About TRAKO:
The TRAKO International Railway Fair is ideal for positioning yourself into the Eastern European marketplace. Taking place every other year (alternating with InnoTrans) in Poland, this year’s TRAKO will be held on 24th – 27th September 2019. With more than 15,000 visitors, 600 exhibitors in 20,000m2 of exhibition space TRAKO is one of the largest and most prestigious rail shows in Europe, with industry attendance and participation from across the board. The event brings together all elements of the rail industry from passenger rail, light rail, freight as well as infrastructure. For more information please see here.

ELMIA NORDIC RAIL  Sweden 8-10 October 2019 

Elmia Nordic Rail is the largest railway fair in the Nordic region and the only one dedicated solely to the industry. DIT is offering UK companies the opportunity to meet and network with Swedish industry stakeholders, including the Swedish Transport Administration, SWERIG and local partners at DIT’s Elmia showcase. Full details can be found here  Invitation Elmia Nordic Rail -Oct 2019 

AUSRAIL PLUS 3-5 December 2019

Rail suppliers are invited to sign up to the RIA arranged UK Pavilion at AusRail Plus. This event has the benefit of 12 DIT funded TAP grants worth £2000 per UK SME company. The UK Pavilion will be situated on stand 95 , directly in front of the main visitor’s entrance. Full information can be found here

Sign Up For The UK Pavilion, AusRAIL Plus 2019 held in Sydney 3-5 December 2019