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Heathrow to support budding exporters

Heathrow Airport is set to offer grants of £2,000 to 20 budding exporters in a bid to help get more British businesses exporting.

Working alongside the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign, Heathrow Airport has launched a new programme to help British businesses identify and reach new markets for their goods or services.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ will award 20 grants to British SMEs of £2,000 each to fund vital trade missions and research. As part of the partnership, DIT will provide mentoring guidance from an international trade advisor to help their research and missions and promote the competition. Successful applicants will also receive a Plaza Premium lounge pass to begin their trip in style.

A panel of business experts including Heathrow chairman Lord Deighton, DIT’s international trade advisor Keith Moses and Daily Express small business correspondent Maisha Frost, will select the 20 grant recipients amongst the list of applicants.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow wants to do all it can to help British businesses spread their products around the globe and grow international trade.

“We are delighted to be launching our World of Opportunity SME Grants Programme, in partnership with the Exporting is GREAT Campaign, to help our SMEs succeed and show the world that Britain is open for business.”

International trade secretary, Liam Fox, added: “Heathrow plays an important role in supporting UK businesses to reach international markets.

“Building on our partnership, I’m pleased that as international economic department, through the Exporting is GREAT campaign, we will work with Heathrow on this important programme that will help small businesses up and down the country to access new markets.

“We will continue to work together to not only promote exports from the airport but also the UK as an attractive place to invest in.”