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The 'Expanding North East Presence in International Markets’ project is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Expanding North East presence in International Markets

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

The project has been created to help eligible SMEs in the North East LEP area sell their products and services to overseas markets.This FREE and innovative service can provide both practical and financial support so, if you're new to exporting, this will help get you started or, if you’re already exporting, trade in new countries.

Eligible businesses can access up to £2,000 of support for activities such as:

  • Overseas travel
  • Attending exhibitions and trade shows
  • Internationalising websites and marketing collateral
  • Specific consultancy support

To access this support, businesses will need to work with an International Trade Adviser where they will receive tailored support to help them develop an achievable Export Growth Action Plan and agree the activities which will help grow trade overseas. In addition, access to specialist support, such as Virtual Export Managers and Export Sector Specialists, plus (for eligible SMEs) grant funding to assist with the costs of export promotion, will help maximise your chances of success. Businesses working within most sectors from across the North East LEP are able to apply. Support is subject to eligibility rules.

To find out more or to arrange an appointment with your local International Trade Adviser contact the North East team at or call 0345 136 0169.