KIB Newsletter June 2020

Posted on: 1st June 2020

Working towards recovery? The ‘Kent Export Pathway’ might help you to grow internationally

It’s not been an easy time for anyone but as some initial movements towards normality are starting to be taken, it might be a good time for some businesses to think about how international trade will become part  of their longer term growth strategy. The Kent International Business Partners have been working behind the scenes to ensure that support remains available to Kent business that need it and we’ve put together a new guide to exporting. The ‘Kent Export Pathway’ can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

Check out the guide to find out more about topics including:

  • Getting Export Ready
  • Market Selection
  • Routes to Market
  • Protecting your IP abroad
  • Legal & Regulatory Issues
  • Distribution & Shipping
  • After Sales Activity
  • Trading with the EU

The guide was produced as part of the EU-funded SME Internationalisation Exchange (SIE) project which you can find out about by clicking here.

Online Events:


KICC Export Online Training:


‘SME COVID-19 Webinar Series’ for UK businesses

The Department for International Trade (DIT) in partnership with Newable, Enterprise Europe Network and J.P. Morgan, has launched the SME Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webinar Series.

These free webinars have been designed to support UK businesses to get help, protect their business and save jobs.

The webinars include the following:

  • 2 June, 10.00 – The Evolution of Global Markets & Consumer Trends
  • 4 June, 10.00 – Harness The Power of Social Media in Times of Crisis


Please click here for a full list of the upcoming webinars

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses trading internationally:

The government has produced a web page with key information for British businesses which export. It features information on current support available from DIT (Department for International Trade), supply chains, support available internationally, financial support and FCO advice on travel. Please click here to visit the advice page.

Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) Project Update

We’re currently working behind the scenes to plan activities for the rest of 2020. Although we’ll need to see what’s possible later in the year in terms of travel, we’re looking at some additional events for Kent’s agri-food businesses and the ISE Innovation Summit with keynote speakers from several global companies.

We’ll keep you posted!

For more information about ISE Project please email Natasha White or visit the project website:

Enterprise Europe Network’s Latest Support Offer

Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network have just published guidance about their current offer to UK businesses. Their services are split between companies that they are already working with and those with high growth and innovation potential which could benefit from their different support schemes. These include advisory support services and continuity grants for existing clients.


Find out more about the current EEN & Innovate UK offer by clicking here.

Boost4Health Update

We’re working with Life Science Clusters in 6 European countries and we can use these links connect Kent companies to these networks.

We’ll let you know as soon as we are able to launch our travel grant scheme and event programme to help Kent-based Life Science companies with internationalisation. We’ll be offering a limited number of €500 travel grants as well as some small ‘travel+’ vouchers to help companies to kick off an international project.

Feel free to express an interest in the meantime!

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