Events > The Internationalisation Fund: Co-Investment Funding for SMEs - 28 September 2021

This virtual event will take place on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at 10.00am - 12:00pm (BST)


Discover how to access co-investment funding from the Department for International Trade for SMEs who want to grow into new overseas markets


The Department for International Trade and European Regional Development Fund have launched a new Internationalisation Fund for eligible SMEs based in England.


What is the Internationalisation Fund?

Launched in December 2020, 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.

To secure a grant, you will need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based.

SMEs based in England now have the opportunity to apply for the next round of funds which can be used to support eligible expenditure areas.


What can the funding be used for?

The funding can be used for eligible third party advice/services to help your business prepare for export, including:

  • PR, Social media and SEO
  • Market research
  • Intellectual property(IP) rights
  • Translation and cultural advice
  • Routes to market
  • Overseas business environment
  • Due diligence

SME participation in Trade Fairs, Missions and market development visits may also be supported.

This virtual event will offer full details about the co-fund and eligible costs - places are in high demand.


Why should you attend this virtual event?

At this free virtual event, our expert speakers will provide you with:

  • An overview of the Internationalisation Fund and the eligibility criteria
  • What you can use the fund for to grow your business overseas 
  • What you need to prepare for your funding application
  • How to submit your application and key deadlines
  • Examples of what the Internationalisation Fund can be used for including research & selection, website design and intellectual property (IP)

Plus, for businesses who meet both the eligibility and suitability criteria, there will be an opportunity to meet with an International Trade Adviser after attending the event. Your ITA will help you prepare your Export Action Plan (EAP), a mandatory prerequisite to apply, and complete your Internationalisation Fund application.


Who is this virtual event for?

This virtual event is for ambitious SMEs based in London and the South East of England who want to grow their sales in international markets.

To attend this subsidised event, your business should meet the following eligibility and suitability criteria:

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, businesses must

  • 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

Suitability criteria

To be suitable, businesses should:

  • Have £500k+ in sales\turnover (desirable)
  • Have international high growth potential 
  • Have a product or service suitable for export into a new market
  • Have an interest in undertaking activities co-funded by the Internationalisation Fund and claim back funds 


How will the event work?

This virtual event will take place on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at 10.00am - 12:00pm (BST).

For businesses considered eligible and suitable, your attendance at the event will be followed by the opportunity to book a free 1-2-1 meeting with one of our International Trade Advisers who will determine how to proceed and if appropriate, support a funding application. 

They will be able to answer your specific questions, guide you through the application process and help you build and agree an Export Action Plan, which is a prerequisite to apply for the fund.



What's next?

To register for this free event, simply click the Register Here button on the bottom of this page and complete the event online application form. 

You will be notified whether your application is successful or not based on the eligibility and suitability criteria listed above.


Please note:

  • Places at this event are limited and likely to be in high demand - they will be offered to the businesses that best meet the eligibility and suitability criteria listed above.
  • Only event attendees, who are considered eligible and suitable will be offered the exclusive opportunity to book a free 1-2-1 meeting with an International Trade Adviser after the event. 
  • Attending this event and a 1-2-1 meeting does not guarantee any application for Internationalisation Funding will be successful. The event will help you determine whether you meet the requirements of the fund and if appropriate how to design a suitable Export Action Plan and application.  


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

- Webinar Attendee | The Internationalisation Fund: Co-Investment Funding for SMEs, July 2021



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