Available for a limited time

Internationalisation Fund

Co-Investment Funding for SMEs

£1k - £9k

match-fundedgrants available

FREE

events to learn about the fund

1-2-1

support to complete your application

SMEs

in South East of England

What is the Internationalisation Fund?

The Department for International Trade (DIT) have launched a new Internationalisation Fund (IF) for eligible SMEs based in England.


The Internationalisation Fund provides match-funded grants between £1,000 and £9,000 to use for future business activities (subject to eligibility and availability) aimed at helping SMEs grow in new international markets. 


Who is the fund for?

These grants are available for a limited time and in high demand. To be both eligible and suitable for the fund, your business must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered in the UK and based in England
  • Be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees, an annual turnover of less than €50 million or annual balance sheet not exceeding €43 million
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by an enterprise which is not a SME
  • Have not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last three fiscal years
  • Have £500k+ in sales\turnover (desirable, not mandatory)
  • Have international high growth potential with a product or service suitable for export into a new market
  • Have an interest in using the funding for eligible export growth activities

How can you apply for the fund?

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Virtual Event

 IFTR Form

1-2-1 Meeting

Join one of our upcoming free virtual events for an overview of the fund, what activities you can use it towards, the application process and key deadlines.
See dates below

After attending the event, complete an Internationalisation Fund Trade Review (IFTR) form. This form is used to assess your eligibility and suitability for the fund.

If you are eligible and suitable, you will be invited to a free

1-2-1 with an International Trade Adviser (ITA). Your ITA will help you prepare your Export Action Plan (EAP) and complete your application.

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Export Action Plan

Apply for the Fund

Work with your ITA to create and agree your mandatory Export Action Plan (EAP). The EAP will outline the international growth opportunities and challenges for your business.

Once you have completed the mandatory steps, your ITA will help you submit your application to DIT.

 Please note completing steps 1-4 does not guarantee that your application will be successful. 

Virtual Events

South East SMEs can now attend one of our free virtual IF events to gain:


 -  An overview of the Internationalisation Fund and its eligibility criteria

 -  What you can use the fund for to grow your business overseas

 -  How to prepare and submit your application and key deadlines

 -  Examples of what the fund can be used for including market research & selection, website design and IP


Visit our event registration page below to register:

Date: Thursday, 09 December 2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (GMT)

Location: Virtual Event

Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (GMT)

Location: Virtual Event

Cost: Free

Hear what other event attendees had to say

Excellent event, with a great range of content. Thought provoking, thank you!"

Very informative event, excellent speakers knowing their respective topics very well. I learned a lot in this session."

I found it an extremely useful session and left with new insights and resources as well as a clear action plan!"

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