Export & International Trade Update for Kent Companies
March 2018  

Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) Project
ISE Cross-Border Events:
9- 10 April: Creative Blend @ Playgrounds: 

Playgrounds is an international conference about creativity, design and technology, taking place at Chassé Theater, Breda. This event is being organized especially for creative professionals in animation, gaming, interactive design, robotics and creative technology. The ISE 2 Day Programme will allow you to network with companies and entrepreneurs from ISE partner regions and see industry innovations & top designers. The programme includes free access to to Playgrounds Blends.

Save the date!
  • 5 June: ISE Cross Border Innovation Conference in Belgium
  • 12 - 14 June: Trade Mission to CEBIT, Hannover (very limited spaces available). 
1-2-1 Innovation Assessments: 
As well as attend cross border events you can also get in-depth business reviews which will offer concrete recommendations about how to develop your international strategy, as well as suggestions of potential contacts in Mainland Europe. The reviews are completely free and are available up until March 2019.  

If you would like to find out more about the events or book a 1-2-1 please contact:
FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018: 'Business Exporter of The Year' announced! 
Huge congratulations to Kent business Bedfont Scientific Ltd. for winning the FSB South East 'Business Exporter of The Year!' This Harrietsham-based business is no stranger to awards thanks to selling its breath analysis products all over the world. 

Chamber Business Awards 2018
Good luck to Kent Invicta Chamber Award's 'Exporter of the Year' finalists:
  • Kemet International Limited
  • Bedfont Scientific Ltd
  • Jewelultra Ltd

Boost4Health Project             

Boost4Health Grants have helped Kent-based, Adris Technologies Ltd. export!
Operations Director Rick Gunn, talks about how receiving a travel grant from this project has helped the company:  
"Through KCC’s Boost4Health project, I had the pleasure of attending Medica 2017 the world’s largest trade show for medical devices and technology, to present the company Adris Technologies Ltd. and to showcase our PulseGuard brand to companies visiting the Boost4Health stand. 
The Boost4Health Travel Grant of €500 allowed us to attend the event and the process to obtain this grant could not have been easier with Emily from the Kent team supporting us all the way. 

The advantages gained by visiting Media cannot be overstated, the contacts and meetings that resulted from this event can be directly linked to the root cause of some strategic changes since 2017, allowing us to achieve significant growth into new areas of Europe. We are currently working with the Boost4Health project at KCC to secure market insight grants worth €3,000 for us to capitalise on the successes of attending Medica 2017."
If you are a Kent Life Science business you can apply for:
  •  Up to €500 for travel and accommodation costs to attend selected life science events in North West Europe.
  • Up to €3000 to help with ‘market insight’ activities such as market research or help to identify potential customers in mainland Europe.
  • Up to €5000 towards ‘validation’ activities to help with getting your device approved for use in a European country or to contract an ‘in-market’ expert in one of our partner markets.  
The grants can be spent in any of our partner regions: 
If you would be interested in applying for a Boost4Health Grant please contact:
Diary Dates:
  • 20 Mar: Ashford, KICC, Trading with New Markets – Appointing & Working with Agents & Distributors Overseas. Register here. 
  • 21 Mar: Canterbury, Kent Business School, Business Soundbites - Trading internationally post-Brexit. Register here
  • 10 Apr: Maidstone, DIT, Doing Business in China. Register here
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