The Enhancing SMEs International Trade Performance ERDF project operates across the five Local Enterprise Partnership areas of the north west of England: Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region.
The project will support eligible North West SMEs to successfully access and exploit international markets by raising awareness of the long-term benefits of international trade and reducing the barriers to export growth by increasing SMEs’ knowledge and confidence. Activities will be delivered to SMEs through a programme of tailored support designed to increase export capacity, capability and international trade performance.
The project has been designed in conjunction with the Department of International Trade to ensure that it complements fully existing services without duplicating any existing provision.
Who is the service for?
The beneficiaries of the scheme will be SMEs across eligible sectors within England’s North West region, i.e. Cheshire and Warrington; Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region.
About the service
This project will provide tailored export support services to SMEs across the North West. Activity will be complementary to the Department of International Trade core services and designed to help firms become better skilled and equipped to access new international markets.
Beneficiaries will be able to exploit new overseas growth opportunities and boost the export performance of the regional UK economy.
Project activities will include the following:
- Events to identify potential exporters
- Pre-Export development support
- A specialist internationalisation programme for R&D focused-companies
- Sector-specific events & market visits
- Specialist consultancy support
- Match funded grants of £1,500-£3,000 to help implement bespoke Export Action Plans
Your International Trade Advisor will guide you through the range of support available.
How to access the service
To find out more, please contact:
DIT North West
56 Oxford Street
Tel: 0333 320 0392