SME Internationalisation Exchange

Value of EU Grant - £210,000

Name of funding programme - Interreg Europe

Start and end dates - April 2016 to December 2020

The SME Internationalisation Exchange (SIE) project will enable us and local partners to evaluate and improve business support services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kent, specifically related to exporting and internationalisation.

To find out more visit the SME Internationalisation exchange website.

  • Molise Region (Italy)
  • Usti Region (Czech Republic)
  • Nbank (Germany)
  • Torun Development Agency (Poland)
  • Aquitaine Chamber of Commerce (France)
  • Cantabria Chamber of Commerce (Spain)
  • Assessing barriers to exporting in Kent
  • Examining the effectiveness of current policies and programmes supporting businesses
  • Identifying innovative business support programmes from partner regions
  • Adopting new support programmes in Kent to help tackle barriers to international trade and boost Kent’s export levels
  • Report produced identifying barriers to international trade faced by Kent firms
  • Recommendations developed for tackling barriers to exporting
  • New business support initiatives implemented based on innovative solutions in partner regions
  • Companies in Kent better equipped to do business internationally
  • Up to date information made available about barriers to international trade among Kent firms which highlights gaps in the business support landscape
  • An opportunity to test new approaches to help local companies grow internationally
  • Improved business support services in Kent
  • Formal reciprocal trade links established to facilitate market entry for Kent firms as well as inward investment