Exports Made Easy With The Great British Store

17 August 2015 is a unique global platform for British design, innovation and quality. Supported by UK Trade & Investment, is an easy, entry-level exporting solution for UK-registered businesses. It allows British businesses to reach new global markets and customers cost-effectively, and with the minimum of effort, on a unique eCommerce platform.

Unlike other digital services, there is someone at the other end getting buyers to the site; all products and services will be actively promoted worldwide through each British Consulate, Chamber of Commerce and by all associated regional organisations, partners and sponsors.

Supported by UKTI and championed by Paul Noon OBE, gives British businesses the support and backing they need to showcase and sell their products and services on a global stage. began life on a UKTI export trade mission, where founders Nick Lewis and Mark Lesniak came up with the idea of a central, visible reference of British products and services that was actively promoted by UKTI and British Consulates.

Having many years of experience in exporting consumer goods, and developing contacts at Consulates around the world, Nick realised that thousands of British businesses lacked the right contacts, support or finance to expand into additional markets. Many companies find it prohibitively expensive and time consuming to expand into overseas markets, and there are thousands of quality British designs, products and services with no presence on the global stage. Nick and Mark wanted to find a way to make the process as simple and cost-effective as possible for SMEs.

Mark was able to bring his years of digital marketing experience to getting vendors online; an eCommerce enabled platform, which would showcase British products and services. Nick was able to bring his years of export experience to finding buyers at the other end; supported by UKTI, will be promoted in 106 Consulates around the world.

The Great British Store is now open in BETA format before being formally launched in September at The Autumn Fair. Companies have already registered on the Store and buyers are not far behind. It costs £199 to register for one year (early registrants get some extra time on the Store with their annual clock starting at launch). You can visit the store at

The guys from the store will also help companies through the listing process. Registration costs £199 but UKTI Yorkshire & Humber have a limited number of free registrations available on a first come first served basis. If interested, please contact or for more information go to