Heathrow and the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign are renewing their World of Opportunity proramme, which helps 20 companies to reach new long-haul markets, for their goods or services.
The programme will award 20 SMEs with grants worth £2,000 to fund trade missions, participation in trade shows or foreign market research. DIT will once again support each winner to help their research and missions and promote the competition.
A panel of exporting experts including Lord Deighton, Heathrow’s Chairman and Parveen Thornhill, Head of London & Devolved Administrations from DIT will select this year’s winners.
The first ’World of Opportunity Programme‘ received over 290 applications from SMEs and Heathrow say they expect the programme to be just as competitive this year. In order to win one of the grants, successful applicants will be asked to demonstrate why their business is suitable to expand their export capability as well as outline why they have identified their target overseas market.
Heathrow Chairman, Lord Deighton said: “We are delighted to open the World of Opportunity SME Grants Programme for the second year in a row, in partnership with the Department for International Trade and supporting the ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign.
“Last year, we helped a wonderful range of British exporters – from beauty products to specialist tyres and snow sport instructors to architects – from all across the nations and regions of the UK. We helped them explore new markets, progress their exporting ambitions and look forward to helping more SMEs this year. These SMEs are showing the world that the UK is open for business – and I am confident this year’s winners will be just as impressive.”
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: “Last year’s World of Opportunity Programme was enormously successful, helping to generate tens of thousands of pounds of business for SMEs from across the UK.”