Department for International Trade (DIT)

Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

We are an international economic department, responsible for:

  • bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
  • delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
  • promoting British trade and investment across the world
  • building the global appetite for British goods and services

DIT FinTech Team

The Department’s FinTech team supports the UK’s world-leading FinTech hub by fostering the conditions for growth across the domestic ecosystem and supporting the international expansion of companies, institutions and regulatory framework.

We work in over 40 international markets, supported by our teams in Consulates and Embassies around the world, to connect businesses, organisation and regulators, and provide tailored advice and support for market entry. 

For UK companies: ​

  • We support FinTechs expanding into priority markets – matching UK supply with overseas demand​. The level of support varies from market to market, but includes a range of business development, institutional and regulatory connectivity and marketing and comms support.
  • As a part of this core offering, we organise trade missions to key markets – helping UK companies connect with business opportunities overseas. We welcome applications from all companies looking to expand into the relevant market(s) and who fit the advertised criteria outlined in the mission brief. All missions are advertised through key social media channels which include: LinkedIn, Fintech Alliance and our events page.

For overseas companies looking to expand into the UK:

  • We provide expert advice and account management to help overseas business locate and do business in the UK. Services include expert tax, immigration, and visa advice, sector-specific information on the UK economy, connections to relevant industry partners and associations, and bespoke advice as needed.

Our activity and strategic priorities are governed by DIT’s FinTech Steering Board, which brings together academics, industry experts, government and regulators to inform and advise the Department’s FinTech Strategy. The Board is chaired by the City of London’s Lord Mayor. 

Outside of business consultation and trade activity, we lead on a series of bespoke projects and activity. 

For any enquiries related to DIT’s Fintech team, please contacts us via:


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Meet the team at Department for International Trade (DIT)
Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Secretary of State for International Trade

Has overall responsibility for the business of the department. Elizabeth has led the DIT since the department was created in July 2019.

Graham Stuart

Minister for Investment

Leads on promoting foreign direct investment into the UK, as well as overseeing the government’s policy on overseas direct investment. Minister Stuart

Tomas Helm

Head of FinTech

Focus areas: - Team lead - Government engagement - Regional coverage: APAC

Alex Low

FinTech Advisor

Focus areas: - UK FinTech - State of the Nation report - FinTech investment strategy - DIT FinTech Steering Board - Regional coverage: Europe, Israel, Russia

Sameer Gulati

FinTech Advisor

Focus areas: - Financial Innovation Partnership - UK-Africa FinTech Partnership - Regional coverage: US, MENA

Philippa Martinelli

FinTech Bridge Advisor

Focus areas: - FinTech Bridge strategy & implementation - FinTech Bridge Pilot Program - Regional coverage: Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and South Korea

Rory O'Kane

FinTech Trade and Investment Associate

Focus areas: - Domestic ecosystem - DIT FinTech repository - Regional coverage: LATAC

Content provided by Department for International Trade (DIT)


UK FinTech Expansion Survey
August 30, 2019

UK FinTech Expansion Survey

DIT's FinTech survey helps us support UK FinTech's with international expansion

FinTech Bridges Pilot Program
August 29, 2019

FinTech Bridges Pilot Program

DIT’s Bridge Program – currently being piloted across Australia and Hong Kong only - provides tailor...

UK-Africa FinTech Partnership
Financial Inclusion
August 29, 2019

UK-Africa FinTech Partnership

In August 2018 the Prime Minister announced the first UK-Africa FinTech partnership, which aims to d...

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