UK Trade & Investment
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|Non-ministerial government department overview|
|Preceding Non-ministerial government department||British Trade International|
|Headquarters||1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET|
|Annual budget||£270 million (2009-2010)|
|Minister responsible||Francis Maude, Minister of State for Trade & Investment|
|Non-ministerial government department executive||Dominic Jermey, Chief Executive|
|Parent department||Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Foreign and Commonwealth Office|
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is a UK Government department working with businesses based in the United Kingdom to ensure their success in international markets, and with overseas investors to look to the UK as an investment destination.
UKTI was formed in May 1999 as British Trade International, comprising two parts: Trade Partners UK (for export) and Invest UK (for inward investment - FDI). In October 2003, the former department name and two inner departments merged and became UK Trade & Investment to simplify the outward recognition of the organisation, and possibly to reduce confusion with the two departments.
To support its aim to "enhance the competitiveness of companies in Britain through overseas trade and investments; and attract a continuing high level of quality foreign direct investment".
UK Trade & Investment is an international organisation with headquarters in London and Glasgow in Scotland. Across its network UK Trade & Investment employs around 2,400 staff and advisers, including overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates and trade offices, and regional offices in the nine English regions 
The delivery of many UKTI regional services within the United Kingdom is contracted out to other organisations. In Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, UKTI regional services are now delivered by Serco,  In China, the China Britain Business Council, another private body, is the provider.
Business and University leaders work with UKTI as "Business Ambassadors". They promote the UK internationally and highlight trade and investment opportunities. They focus on helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
UK Trade & Investment brings together the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment works as part of UKTI to promote British business and produce.
UK Trade & Investment has Public Private Partnership agreements with the Federation of International Trade Associations under which they contribute market research and other reports on GlobalTrade.net.
- UKTI Resource Accounts 2009-2010, UK Trade & Investment, 2010-07-22, retrieved 2010-12-19
- http://www.ukti.gov.uk UKTI Website
- UKTI Resource Accounts 2009-10, Staff Numbers and Related Costs, p. 67