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Internationalisation Fund helps English businesses to enter new markets

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

The Department for International Trade launched earlier this year 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.

Eligible Activities

  • PR

  • Market Research

  • Consultancy on market /product regulations and standards - From customs processes, documentation, rules of origin, to IPR and more

  • Translation / Cultural Advice

  • Social Media and SEO

  • Participation in trade shows

  • Market development including visits

  • Routes to Market

  • Overseas Business Environment / Due Diligence

How can the Chamber help you?

Our team supported by our extended team made up of approved suppliers, associates and strategic partners can help you with a number of services:

  • Market Identification/Export Potential - Helping you select the right export market for your business

  • Market Research and Entry Services - From partner identification, market visits and B2B programmes, routes to market, to understanding local competition, pricing, local regulations and more

  • Translation/Cultural Tips - We have a wide range of members who can help, just click here and download the list

  • Bespoke Advice/Consultancy - Including customs processes, export requirements, market/product standards, rules of origin, incoterms, etc

  • Credit Checks helping you with your due diligence process

Interested in learning more and submitting an application?

Email us at and we will connect you with DIT International Trade Advisers who will check your eligibility, provide more information and help you with the application.

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