International Trade Support for Sheffield City Region Businesses

Halton International assists companies for the benefit of economic growth in the region by developing their capabilities overseas and in the UK; supporting the International Trade Forum as well as the Sheffield City Region Manufacturing Forum.

This is underpinned by 25+ years’ experience in the local business support network, a proven track record of engagement and success at local to global level, having worked in partnership with the public and private sector in both a funded and commercial environment.

Our customers range from start-ups to multinational companies and include manufacturers, suppliers, professional services, financial organisations and bespoke network organisations. Our trusted networks range across public and private sector contacts in the UK and overseas.

Drawing on this immense experience and passion for assisting companies in developing their international trade opportunities, Halton International offers a unique range of specialist support, trading advice and guidance to UK and overseas businesses across multiple industries.

Sheffield, the ‘Steel City’

Sheffield has a justified reputation for being at the forefront of world progress in specialist metals production and metals processing technology.

World-class modern manufacturing facilities are based in the region; and innovation, product design and high-quality technology provides added value, allowing companies in the South Yorkshire area to compete in global markets.

The local business community also benefits greatly from having two higher education academic institutions in the city – Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield.

The city is also home to some of the best, leading technology companies in sectors as diverse as advanced manufacturing, materials technology, creative and digital industries (including an e-learning cluster), medical devices, as well as organisations focused on the services industries, sustainable energy and sport.

As a region, South Yorkshire boasts a number of companies who are winners of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in categories such as Innovation, Sustainable Development and International Trade, and the ‘Made in Sheffield’ trademark is still recognised widely throughout the world as a sign of origin and quality. And for the second year in 2011, Sheffield hosts the MADE Festival, the UK’s premier business festival for entrepreneurs and business growth.

Sheffield lies in the centre of the UK, with a good infrastructure network and is two hours from London by train and close to a number of international airports. The city’s also close to a number of ports in the Humber and East Yorkshire and the Peak District National Park, with its stunning views and beautiful countryside, can be reached in just 15 minutes.

For arts and culture, the Sheffield region has much to offer – contemporary art galleries, museums, theatres and restaurants to suit all tastes and is building an increasingly successful reputation in hosting high-quality events on a national and international scale. Sheffield is a great city – and fantastic to work and live in!


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Renate Halton MIEx has more than 25 years experience in delivering international trade support and consultancy services.

Renate previously held the position as Head of International Trade at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce/South Yorkshire International Trade Centre.

In July 2010 Renate formed Halton International to follow her passion in supporting the development of South Yorkshire’s local businesses by maximising their opportunities to achieve recognition and breakthrough into international markets.

Renate’s expertise includes:

  • 25+ years practical experience in serving the business community in developing and delivering international trade services
  • Contract & Project Management and delivery of EU and UK public funded international projects including Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade & Investment), Regional Development Agencies, European Commission, ERDF projects
  • Direct project delivery in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Mauritius, Brazil, Czech Republic, Turkey
  • Representing the UK/EU at International Trade and Information & Research Focus Groups
  • Expert knowledge of export & import documentation
  • International Research and bespoke training

Renate is a full member of the Institute of Export, as well as the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Business. Renate is fluent in German.




Halton International are:

  • Professional and Confidential
  • Culturally Aware
  • Building relationships built on trust, respect and values
  • Honest, helpful and knowledgeable
  • Continuously improving international trade knowledge

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