East Midlands Business

EMB specialises in helping public sector partners put policy into practice by providing a range of business support services which support sustainable growth.



EU Projects

At EMB, we have specialist knowledge of ERDF gathered through the design, development and hands on delivery of a range of projects dating back over the past decade.  We're also acknowledged experts in State Aid.

Internationalising SMEs

Supporting small and medium sized enterprises to grow though international trade

D2N2 Growth & Innovation Programme

Enhancing existing grant schemes by providing more intensive support and/or supporting a greater number of businesses 

D2N2 Capital Growth Fund

Offering capital grant support to small and medium-sized enterprises investing in the D2N2 area.

Growing exports

International trade can be one of the most important drivers of business growth. Our expert knowledge enables us to work with businesses seeking to access or further develop global markets to drive their profitability and expansion.

We’ve been proud to be a UK Trade and Investment and now a Department for International Trade (DIT) delivery partner since 2007, supporting the Government’s export strategy. Under the DIT brand, we offer a number of key services that can be tailored to meet the needs of your business:

  • overseas market intelligence and market selection advice
  • practical one to one support from expert trade advisers
  • access to information, contacts, advice and support through overseas business networks in over 100 markets
  • connections to major contract purchasers alongside opportunities to explore new markets via trade missions and country visits
  • financial support for trade development activity that will result in export sales such as participation in overseas trade fairs and exhibitions, market visits and consultancy support
  • online information and email alerts highlighting export opportunities, major international contracts, joint ventures and partnerships.

Some of our export activity is delivered in conjunction with Midlands Engine

For more information email us or call the International Trade Centre on 0345 052 4001. You can also keep up to date with the latest news and events by following us on Twitter @tradegovuk_em.

We also work closely with our local Chambers of Commerce which offer complementary services such as logistics advice, documentation services, market information and a range of export training opportunities and international trade events. You can find your nearest Chamber here.

We're currently seeking proposals on data sourcing and export propensity modelling to help support the delivery of our trade work for DIT and the Internationalising SMEs project which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  For more information follow the links below:

Business Lincolnshire

We provide a range of services for Business Lincolnshire, which is the Growth Hub for Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  Greater Lincolnshire is one of the most proactive and successful LEPs with a strong reputation for delivery and influence.

Under the Business Lincolnshire brand, our teams deliver:

  • Scale Up Support for rapidly growing businesses
  • Growth support for businesses looking to develop and expand
  • Digital support which helps businesses develop the right digital strategy and select the right technologies
  • Business Events that inspire, inform and educate
  • Export support for businesses that want to develop a global customer base
  • Grant management services matching funding to businesses with transformational projects


Opportunity - Desk Based Business Adviser

We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced self employed adviser to work with early stage and lifestyle businesses based in Lincolnshire, supporting them remotely with action plans to develop and maintain their business. This adviser will also facilitate a fast track grant application where a business is already accessing support via private sector business advisers, by checking the business case meets a business need, and  the grant application criteria.

Opportunity - EU Exit Advisers

As part of our work for Business Lincolnshire, EMB is working with a number of Growth Hubs in the East Midlands to make available specialist consultancy for businesses on a range of subjects related to EU exit. The aim of this work is to ensure that businesses have access to information, advice and support to enable them to be as ready as possible for the UK’s exit from the EU.

We are therefore seeking to establish a framework of suppliers who can deliver specialist advice to businesses in the following Local Enterprise Partnership areas:

  • Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2)
  • Leicester and Leicestershire (LLEP)
  • Greater Lincolnshire (GLLEP)

The areas of specialist advice that we are particularly seeking to provide through this framework are:

  • Risk Management: Specialist advice to identify and manage risks arising from UK’s exit from the EU;
  • Managing contracts and intellectual property: Specialist advice for businesses to identify potential issues in existing contracts with customers, suppliers and other parties;
  • Supply Chain Analysis: Specialist advice to support businesses to examine their supply chain and identify areas of risk, such as suppliers in the EU;
  • Workforce: Specialist advice for businesses that employ citizens from European Economic Area (EEA) countries or who transfer staff between the EU and the UK;
  • Data: Specialist advice for businesses that process the personal data of citizens of EEA countries, and;
  • Customs: Specialist advice for businesses that import or export goods to help them understand and be ready for any changes in customs declarations.

We are however also interested to hear from suppliers that believe that they have relevant expertise in other EU Exit related areas.

Working Together

We’re always interested in working with partners and developing joint approaches to the market place. For a discussion, please e-mail us