The UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is launching a new grant scheme on 14th December to support exporters with business development activity.

Match-funding of between £1,000 and £9,000 is available as a grant to ‘Small & Medium sized Enterprises’ (SMEs).

Companies receive the funds retrospectively upon providing evidence monies have been spent on agreed activities (eg if awarded £5k then firms need to contribute £5k).

Applicants can be new to exporting or an existing exporter looking to get into a new geographic market or launching a new product or service. The activity funded needs to add value and not just be an extension of current activity.

Activities that are in scope include:

  • Third party research eg Understanding market standards and regulations
  • Sales and marketing costs
  • Translation
  • Independent market visit
  • Trade fair attendance (including flights)
  • Cannot replicate an award from the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

Activities not in scope include:

  • Salaries
  • Capital costs
  • Production costs
  • Purchase of assets
  • Primary producers (eg agriculture)

Interested parties will need to have discussed their proposed activities with an International Trade Adviser prior to an application.

In the first instance please contact:

Mark Rogers, Trade Manager for the Western Gateway

[email protected]

07423 698 315