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The Department for International Trade's Internationalisation Fund: North West

Grant funding available via new fund for eligible businesses in England.

What is the fund?
The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. The fund is designed to support businesses looking to grow their international trade.

SMEs can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 which will be available for proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).

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.

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

In partnership with:

Eligible Activity
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

How to Apply
Contact your International Trade Adviser or our customer services team on:

T: 07980 769881 / E:

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

International Trade

Helping you expand your business into international markets.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership can signpost you to the information and advisory services you need to achieve export growth and 'internationalise' your products and service offering.

Working with key partners such as the Department for International Trade (DIT) North West, our network of international trade services and advisors help local firms fulfil their global market ambitions, with support at every stage of the business development planning process.

Whether you are a seasoned exporter or just beginning to expand your business into international markets, these services can help you maximise your business capabilities and widen the reach of your products, including how to identify and solve logistical, goods handling, fulfilment and returns implications.

Your business can have access to tailored support programmes and the latest market data, or you can attend trade fairs or export trade missions. You can also obtain valuable advice on export documentation, relevant financial subsidies and key contacts in overseas markets.

Cumbria has also benefited from the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that its Export Champions have brought to other businesses considering exporting for the first time or those looking to develop their offer further.

For more information on how to trade internationally, please get in touch with Sarah Peak, Export Manager:

There are a number of support organisations listed below which may be able to offer you appropriate advice, guidance and support for international trade:

  • Export advice from Government
    Information on exporting and doing business abroad, including getting an EORI number, taking goods temporarily out of the UK and taking goods with you to sell abroad.
  • Department for International Trade (DIT)
    A network of trade specialists who can support you in finding international customers by helping you prepare for a trade show or overseas market visit or arranging introductions to potential buyers, agents and distributors.
  • Internationalisation Fund
    The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England.
  • Department for International Trade's (DIT) E-Exporting Programme
    Help for UK retailers and brands to export overseas via e-commerce and to sell products or services to millions of global consumers, growing their business through online exports.
  • International Trade
    Advice for those new to exporting, selling abroad occasionally, and timesaving online tools and services for experienced exporters.
  • New to exporting
    Outlining the benefits of selling overseas, how to get ready to trade internationally and researching and identifying your target markets.
  • Occasional Exporter
    Information on how to achieve export growth, research new markets and prepare products or services to sell overseas.
  • Regular Exporter
    Advice on how to expand your exports by finding more overseas opportunities from businesses looking for products or services like yours, as well as showcasing products directly to overseas buyers through the ‘find a supplier’ service.
  • Export Opportunities
    Platform from which to find and apply for overseas opportunities from businesses looking for products or services like yours.
  • Online Selling Overseas
    Platform from which to find online marketplaces and reach over 2 billion consumers online around the world, with exclusive deals negotiated on behalf of UK businesses.
  • Export Finance
    Helping exporters win contracts with attractive financing terms for buyers of UK goods and services to help exporters make their offering more competitive.
  • Find a Buyer Overseas
    Access to a free trade profile to let international buyers get in touch with your company, showcase your projects and experience and help give your business international credibility.
  • Federation of Small Business
    Working with the Department for International Trade to help more small businesses, especially start-ups and younger businesses, to export, matching individual businesses to interested overseas customers and campaigning to ensure that small businesses have simple access to European markets.
  • British Chambers of Commerce
    Working closely with its foreign counterparts, Governments and British exporters all over the world to open up extensive international networks for international trade.
  • Institute of Directors
    Strategic export advice and support to help break into new markets, as well as generating more sales, better profits and a greater spread of customers.

Business Support Helpline 0800 069 6444

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