About us

A bit of background

The ExportSavvy team are experienced entrepreneurs who have run a range of product- and service-based businesses that have grown significantly through international trade.

The team has been working with DIT and others helping businesses to learn, grow and prosper internationally for over 15 years. Over that time we have worked with around 13,000 SME exporters, some who had never sold overseas before and some who wanted to develop their existing overseas trade.

In short we understand business and we understand how business people learn.

International background

 

ExportSavvy Online

Over time our clients have wanted more flexibility we have gradually made more and more use of online resources to support them.

As we have plugged more and more exporting know-how into ‘ExportSavvy’, it has grown and developed as an invaluable source of help for all SME exporters, providing just enough information just in time and allowing everyone to work at their own pace. Built on foundations provided by a highly experienced team and developed out of the real-life experiences of SME exporters, ExportSavvy offers flexible access to the practical information, advice and learning which underpins export success.

 

What We Value

Our clients’ front-line challenges and experiences

We never stop learning and our experience of getting under the skin of so many ambitious growing businesses gives us a truly unique and constantly evolving insight into business development: strategies and decision-making, management challenges, triumphs and disasters!

Helping clients find business success.

We want to share our knowledge as widely as we can. ExportSavvy helps us to do this with thousands of SME exporters engaging every year.

A practical approach to business growth.

Whilst sound business theory underpins everything we do our approach is consistently based on the practicalities of business life.

Developing your ideas.

ExportSavvy has been very thoughtfully compiled to challenge you and encourage you to explore some of the key issues you might face at each stage.

If you have ideas we want to help you to make the most of them – even if you don’t know where to start we can give you a framework within which you can exploit your natural entrepreneurial flair. 

As you get used to using ExportSavvy you will come to see the time that you spend on the site as valuable management time – an opportunity to ‘work on the business not in the business’.

You can pick up a valuable tip, learn the ins and outs of a particular topic and draw some personal conclusions that will contribute to your strategic plan. ExportSavvy is about you and your business, a place where you can find the information you need when you need it and keep it where you can easily access it as required.

 

Our core team

The core ExportSavvy team provides a well balanced range of skills and experience comprising an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face different types of businesses when trading overseas.

David Bone

David Bone C.Dir
Managing Director

 

David is a seasoned MD with experience of introducing both product- and service-based businesses to international markets.  

After enjoying an early career providing services to FMCG and the music industry he turned his management skills to the development and delivery of energy efficiency solutions.  He led his last engineering business to £5.8 million turnover and a Queen’s Award for Export.  That business also won the accolade of Parcelforce Small Exporter of the year and David was personally recognized by his peers with the Sage Daily Telegraph award for best business Leader in 2005.  He is a committed exporter, with the communication skills to pass on his enthusiasm and motivate others.

David is a Chartered Director under the Institute of Directors.

 

Andy Watmore BSc
Commercial Director

 

Andy has worked for over thirty years in positions up to Managing Director level in manufacturing & distribution companies, specialising in international channel management for the automotive aftermarket and industrial distribution.

Having worked with both small and medium-sized businesses, he brings all the strategic and operational skills and experience that have developed through his successful and varied international career. These include the identification and development of new markets, the implementation of marketing plans i.e. sourcing & purchasing, new product development, channel development, product launches, brand differentiation & positioning, promotional activity, marketing services, etc.

In recent years he used his experience to support SME exporters, working as an International Trade Adviser before joining the ExportSavvy team.

 

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor BA (hons) RSA Dip

Director of Learning

Rob has enjoyed an extensive career developing service businesses both in the UK and overseas, and has both an abiding interest in what makes SME people tick and a deep passion for teaching and learning. Over a fourteen year period he has personally delivered workshops and business development support to around 5,000 SME export clients and is able to offer truly exceptional insight into the variety of opportunities and challenges faced by growing exporters