Catalysing Better Business
Catalysing Better Business

Internationalising SMEs

The Internationalising SMEs project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and provides a targeted programme of advice, events and financial support that will encourage and assist small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East and South Midlands to investigate and move into new overseas markets. The project aims to enhance the capability and capacity of SMEs and their leaders to exploit opportunities in overseas markets by providing:

  • Expert advice and support for SMEs provided by International Trade Advisers to enter, establish and expand in international markets
  • Support events, trade fairs and overseas missions to assist small and medium sized enterprises to enter, establish and expand in international markets
  • Sector specialist advice to cover locally significant sectors, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences/Healthcare, Food & Drink Production, High Performance Technologies, Transport Equipment Manufacturing and Environmental Technologies
  • Language and culture training to help businesses understand the business and social culture in their target markets, and
  • Grant funding for SMEs, in order to address financial barriers to exporting.

ERDF funding is being provided by the following Local Enterprise Partnerships:

  • Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP
  • Greater Lincolnshire LEP
  • Leicester & Leicestershire LEP
  • Northamptonshire LEP
  • South East Midlands LEP

For more information email us or call the International Trade Centre on 0345 052 4001.



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