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Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) Project

The new Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) project is part financed by the EU Funded Interreg 5A 2 Seas Programme.

It will provide support to Kent businesses helping them innovate and internationalise through partnering and collaborating with new contacts in France, Belgium & the Netherlands. The project runs from 2016 to 2019.

Who can take part in the ISE project?

SMEs in Kent which are keen to innovate and to internationalise their business. The project will focus on supporting companies from the following sectors:

  • Agri-Food
  • Digital & Creative
  • New Materials
  • Mechatronics (engineering)

Find Out More

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New international partnership opportunities

Find yourself new international partnership opportunities. Brought to you by the Enterprise Europe Network, they can put you in touch with various businesses and help you promote your own partnering requirements in Europe too. The Network helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond.

They help connect innovators with manufacturers, distributors, co-developers and suppliers overseas. Their experts advise those looking to commercialise new ideas and succeed in new markets. It’s the world’s largest business support network, but free and simple to use with local contacts and insight across each part of the UK.

Watch the video to see how it works and visit the website HERE.

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Move of Business Opportunities Service to Exporting is GREAT

The Business Opportunities website has now closed.  The Business Opportunities Service has now moved to become Export Opportunities on www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk. The site contains around 2000 export opportunities – worth hundreds of millions of pounds and organised by sector and market. Visit the website now to search, register and set alerts for opportunities sourced for you by UKTI offices and partners from around the world.

Exporting is GREAT aims to inspire and support UK exporters to sell goods and services overseas. As well as applying for real-time global export opportunities, UK businesses can access expert advice, trade services, training and events on the website.

Exporting is GREAT

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Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe South East UK supports businesses with potential in Europe and other growth markets. EU funded, with offices in 52 countries, they can help you find commercial partners (agents, distributors, suppliers, sub-contractors) or technology partners for R&D.

They also provide information on EU legislation and market information to help you sell your product or service outside the UK.

Go to http://een.ec.europa.eu/ or call 0844 725 2244.


Kent International Business

Kent International Business (KIB) is a Kent-wide initiative which aims to encourage Kent businesses to access overseas markets and to provide information, advice and support to help them do so.

For more information visit: http://www.kentinternationalbusiness.co.uk/

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The Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace. Working through local business organisations, they can help you:

– Develop your business in new markets

– Source or license new technologies

Access EU finance and EU funding

For more information visit: http://een.ec.europa.eu/


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HMRC E Learning – Inter Europe Trade

Do you sell goods or supply services to other European Union (EU) countries?

Got a lot of questions about how to deal with VAT, keep records and make additional returns? If so this course can help answer your questions.

For more information visit: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob2/ukti_tr/index.htm

UK Trade and Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) staff are experts in Helping Your Business Grow Internationally. They provide expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment