internationalisation fund

The Department for International Trade (DIT) offers an Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in Dorset. Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 are available for future activity to grow overseas trade.

The Internationalisation Fund from DIT is open to SME businesses that have significant potential to grow international sales, with match-funding of between £1,000 and £9,000 available as a grant.

To secure a grant, you'll need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40% or 50% of the total cost.

The Fund is currently available to businesses based in Dorset. 

The fund can be used to support areas including (but not exclusively limited to):

  • Market research
  • IP (intellectual property) advice
  • Translation services
  • International social media/SEO
  • Trade fairs (where no TAP funding is available)
  • Independent market visits
  • Consultancy and other international commercial services

Is your business eligible?

  • The company must be based in England
  • The company must be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by an enterprise that is not an SME
  • Annual turnover does not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million

The fund is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

If you are interested in seeking funding, contact the DIT South West office 

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