Ukie is here to support the trade activities of its members and the wider games community. This includes supporting businesses with market knowledge and access to international markets. Here is a summary of some of the current and forthcoming opportunities to develop your trade and investment activities.
International trade shows
Ukie organises UK industry stands at major global games events to encourage international trade and investment opportunities. Many events are supported with grants for companies choosing to exhibit and showcase their games, including Gamescom Cologne and GDC San Francisco. Upcoming trade shows include:
Game Developer Conference (GDC)
21 - 23 March 2018 - San Francisco, USA
The UK Industry stand, managed by Ukie, is an integral part of GDC in San Francisco, the leading games trade show for the games sector. Running from 21-23 March 2018, the UK stand is at the epicentre of the South Hall expo space - the ONLY place to be at GDC - and a magnet for international publishers, investors and developers.
Our exhibitor packages offer flexible solutions and come complete with marketing support to ensure you are noticed. The Ukie team manage the stand meaning our exhibitors just need to turn up with their meeting schedules and get to work!
July 2018 - Shanghai, China
Ukie will lead a comprehensive trade mission to China Joy, the leading trade show in Asia. The mission includes a scheduled series of 1-2-1 meetings with leading Chinese games companies, visits to local studios, networking dinners and presentation slots at games networkking events.
August 2018 - Cologne, Germany
Ukie will, once again, be managing the UK industry stand at gamescom in Cologne in August 2018.
We have great exhibitor packages on offer; Ukie will take care of all aspects of stand management (design, build, furniture, marketing) and will have an experienced team on hand to run the stand and the reception area. All our exhibitors will need to do is turn up with their schedules and get to work!
Ukie organises trade missions to emerging markets in conjunction with DIT. We use DIT staff in post to support networking and market access. Our most recent missions were China Joy in Shanghai and G Star in Korea.
Department for International Trade support
Ukie is the exclusive DIT accredited trade body for our sector. DIT offers a series of resources to support your trade activities. These include;
View a summary of all DIT trade activities
Talk to a DIT Export adviser
Get support from a specialist regional international trade advisor
Export finance and insurance
UK Export Finance is the UK’s official export credit agency. It helps UK exporters by ‘underwriting’ bank loans offered to overseas buyers of UK products and services.
Find out more UK Export Finance products and services.
Accessing business opportunities
DIT publishes a large number of creative business opportunities every month. Sign up to receive free regular business opportunity alerts.
Export Marketing Research Scheme
This scheme gives your company free independent advice on how to carry out marketing research. It can also provide financial support for your marketing research project in certain circumstances. Click here for information.
Be Creative! Pitch to Win
Calling London creative companies and sole-traders! We want to help you find international buyers. Tell us how you would use up to £500 to secure a sale from overseas, and you could be on your way to your chosen tradeshow, event, or meeting with help from Department for International Trade (DIT).
If you are considering exporting as the next great step for your company, or have already traded overseas but not substantially, DIT London Region’s Be Creative! Pitch to Win workshops are the perfect starting point. This series of bespoke sales workshops will offer you an opportunity to learn how to present your business and close a sale. You will also be offered one of 50 grants of up to £500, which you can use to win business in various ways, e.g. exhibiting at an overseas tradeshow; visit to a country for a prospecting activity or contract closing; attending events, etc.
The first Be Creative! Pitch to Win workshops will be held on 14 September July, so hurry up and register. All sessions will take place in Central London.
The GREAT Britain campaign is a government funded multimillion pound international marketing campaign which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer in creative industries. It is designed to encourage people to do business in the UK. We look after the games images which are featured as part of the campaign.