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Internationalising SMEs

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What is the Business Support?

The Internationalising SMEs (ISME) project aims to enhance the capability and capacity of SMEs to exploit opportunities in overseas markets by providing:

  • Market engagement and events activity to assist small and medium sized enterprises to enter, establish and expand in international markets;
  • Specialist advice to cover locally significant sectors, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Food & Drink Production, High Performance Technologies, Transport Equipment Manufacturing and Environmental Technologies & Construction. The project also offer specialist market research advice to help SMEs target the right markets for their products/services;
  • Grant funding for SMEs, in order to address financial barriers to exporting.


The project is co-funded by the Department for International Trade and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is one of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Unfortunately this scheme is currently unavailable to support Rutland businesses.

Who runs it?

East Midlands Business on behalf of the Department for International Trade.

Contact information:


5 Merus Court Meridian Business Park Leicester Leicestershire LE19 1RJ

0345 052 4001

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