How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in joining the Export for Growth programme. 

Whether you're new to export and looking for direction, an experienced exporter with ambition to break into new markets, or simply considering international trade for the first time then we have just what you need to get you on your way.

To be eligible to join the programme your business must be classed as an SME, defined as a company which has fewer than 250 employees, and either annual turnover not exceeding €50m or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43m. Enterprises must also operate in the South West of England region. 

If this sounds like you, simply get in touch to speak to one of our advisers who will help you to complete the application form.


What you need to know 

  1. Export for Growth is a part-funded project between the European Regional Development Fund and the Department for International Trade, delivered by Business West in the South West of England region.
  2. In order to officially join the programme your business will need to be linked to one of our Department for International Trade (DIT) international trade advisers. You will be suitably matched according to the sector you operate in, or based on the overseas market(s) that you are targeting, giving you the best chance of international sales success.
  3. You will not be able to make an Export for Growth grant application until you have first been approved to join the main programme.
  • Have a question?

    Our vast network of business advisers, coaches and mentors have 'been there and done it' when it comes to international trade and are ready to answer any questions that you may have. We're here to make sure you get it right, first time, every time.

    Call our International Trade Centre on 01275 774 456

  • On average, companies earn £100k in additional sales within 18 months of working with us.

    Best of all, the advice given by our trade experts is FREE.