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Up to £9000 match funded grant.  Available up to end of 2022 (subject to availability).

To secure a grant, the business will need to fund a proportion of the costs itself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be up to 50% of the total cost.

On-line application and approval process.

  • Easy to access and full guidance provided from a dedicated International Trade Adviser.
  • Develop a structured action plan, to accelerate your international success.
  • Financial and professional help to identify new customers, new market opportunities and product development.
  • Obtain advice and insight to understand the changing international trading landscape.
  • Develop a targeted and culturally relevant communications and promotions campaign.
  • Create a first-class team with practical and professional training.
  • Flexible support for your overseas activities.

“The DIT Internationalisation Fund is great way to expand and develop your export activities.  With help and guidance from the DIT, the Department for International Trade, we found the application process, clear and straight forward. We are looking forward to seeing the benefits of the project.”
Joe Murray, Group Chief Executive, Precision21 Ltd (Engineering)

“Compared with previous fund applications EDM have completed; we found the internationalisation fund process really simple, and we gained approval after a short period. The fund has supported EDM’s overseas marketing budget for 2021 allowing the business to expand its overseas activities and increase exposure in the industry.”
Lee Whittaker, Head of Sales, EDM Ltd (Aerospace)

“With regards to the recent Internationalisation fund £9k grant we received, from our perspective it was a very straightforward, online application process that took a few days to get approval. We used the funds to help pay for some strategic go to market research on our planned expansion into the USA that was hugely insightful and helped shape our expansion plans. We probably would not have done this were it not for the assisted grant funding – so thanks for that.

“I would recommend anyone thinking of setting up/selling overseas to reach out to their local DiT representative because from our experience they are extremely well connected, go out of their way to give you whatever support you need and, in our case, even alert you to funding/grants that are available that you may not know you are entitled to.”
Martin Balaam, CEO & Founder, Pimberly (Digital)

“We are glad we applied for the ESIF grant to help us with our Export Action Plan actions, such as visiting Japan and Germany on business development missions and translating our marketing brochures in 4 additional languages.”
Aaron Thomas, Co-Founder and Director, Trailar Ltd (Solar technology)

“I would encourage any Lancashire business who are exporting or looking to export to work with DIT. The Internationalisation Fund has helped pay for some of the activity required to increase our export business.

“Our international trade adviser, Liz Collier helped us with sales in China, the USA and more recently in Ireland, where she was able to locate a partner who is going to manage our imports.  Batch Innovation is a monthly spirit subscription club and we have used the funding to internationalise our website and develop targeted digital marketing content focused on establishing the club in Ireland.”
Phil Whitwell, Batch Brew Ltd (Food and Drink)

Funding details

The fund is available for SMEs based in Lancashire.

Funding is subject to availability within your region, and will be prioritised for businesses who can demonstrate they have high export potential

  • The company must be based in England
  • The company must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by an enterprise which is not a SME
  • Annual turnover does not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million
  • The fund is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

How does it work?

The fund can be used to support areas including but not limited to:
• PR
• Market Research
• Consultancy on IPR
• Translation / Cultural Advice
• Social Media and SEO
• Participation in trade shows
• Market development including visits
• Routes to Market
• Overseas Business Environment / Due Diligence.

Who is it for?

An International Trade Adviser will:
• Check your eligibility
• Provide more details about the fund
• Discuss your project and support your company to make the application.

How to Apply

Contact your International Trade Adviser or our customer services team on:
T: 0333 320 0392

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