KIB Newsletter June 2022

Posted on: 8th June 2022

International Trade Webinars & Events – diary dates:


SEED Project Update: Malaysia, UAE, Canada & the Philippines

The South East Export Development (SEED) project is funded by SELEP (the South East Local Enterprise Partnership) and is helping small businesses from East Sussex, Kent & Medway, Essex and South Essex to connect to business opportunities in several international markets. The project will run until October 2022.

Our free Virtual Trade Mission programmes for SELEP-based businesses are underway, with each programme offering bespoke international market briefings and insight, individual 1-2-1 support from sector specialists and the opportunity for businesses to have 1-2-1 meetings with targeted in-market business contacts (distributors, buyers etc.).

Sign up now for the next Virtual Trade Mission programmes of activity until October 2022 focusing on the following:

Upcoming Market Briefing Sessions:
These online sessions will provide an overview of the target markets (Malaysia, UAE, Canada) to ensure participants understand how to get fully ‘export ready’ for their 1-2-1 meetings with the targeted business contacts as part of these programmes. They will also include Q&A sessions with in-market sector specialists.

  1. SEED Market Briefing Session for Health & Life Science Companies: Export to Malaysia, 15 June 2022. Please click here to find out more & register.


Further details for a possible Food & Drink virtual programme focusing on the Philippines to be confirmed soon.

If you’re interested in participating in the SEED project, click here to contact us or click here to download our Expression of Interest form on this page and return to us.

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IMPULS Project Update

Join SEHTA and Kent County Council for our IMPULS project webinar ‘Innovation for the new normal: How to adapt to business opportunities in the NHS in the post-pandemic world.’

Date:  Thursday 16th June 2022
Time:  09:30 – 11:30 (BST)
Platform: Zoom

What will you learn?

  • Integrated Care Systems (ICs) – the challenge and opportunities for health tech
  • The view from an NHS frontline medic
  • How innovation in telemedicine is supporting the “New Normal”

For more information and to register click here.


Exhibit for Free At Medica 2022 with IMPULS

Date:  14-17 November 2022

Location:  Dusseldorf, Germany

MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector and attracts several thousand exhibitors from more than 50 countries in the halls. Leading businesses and researchers attend the event alongside tens of thousands of national and international experts and decision-makers from the sector.

The IMPULS project is offering up to 15 SMEs from South East England and North West France a FREE pod on the IMPULS stand in the International Hall (16) to showcase their products. This will give you the opportunity to exhibit, connect with colleagues and partners and attend match making sessions.

To be eligible for this opportunity, your company must be an SME and be located in one of the IMPULS regions: UK/ Kent & Medway. There may also be space for companies based in the wider South East (East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Brighton and Hove, Portsmouth and Southampton) if not all of the Kent area spaces are taken up.

If you are interested in attending this event please click here to fill in the expression of interest form.

To sign up for the IMPULS project newsletter and be kept up to date with all the opportunities through IMPULS then please click  on this link.

IMPULS is part-financed by the Interreg France-Channel-England Programme. It aims to help SMEs from SE England and NW France to collaborate, internationalise and access opportunities on both sides of the Channel and further afield. It will run until January 2023.

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Health & Life Sciences Update

Central European Congress of Life Sciences EUROBIOTECH, Krakow, Poland, 20-22 June 2022

The Central European Congress of Life Sciences EUROBIOTECH will gather researchers, scientists, businesses, investors, start-ups and technology transfer centres in EXPO Krakow.

The event will consist of the EUROBIOTECH Trade Fair and the Eurobiotech Congress as well as b2b meetings with exhibitors at the fair, a visit to the Jagiellonian Centre of Innovations including its Life Science Cluster and meetings with companies located in the Life Science Park. Subsidised travel and participation fees may be available – please contact us for details.

Please click here to visit the EUROBIOTECH website

Forum Science & Health – Medicines of the Future, Munich, 5-6 July

This event takes place in Munich and is an opportunity to meet with international contacts in the biopharma, sector. Participants working in Bioproduction facilities would be particularly welcome to attend.

Please click here to find out more.

New Masters programme in Biotech, Medtech & Business:

Our partners from the Biowin cluster in Wallonia, Belgium are looking for industry leaders in Biotech & Medtech to join a new (free) advanced Masters programme  starting in September 2022, Brussels. The course covers business, governance, biotech, medtech, finance, strategy (academic and industry). There are 25 spaces available for course. Contact us for more details.

Do you work in Nano-enabled Medical Technologies?

The Safen-MT project is being run by several clusters in Europe and Kent companies working in nano medtech or animal health would be welcome to get involved in collaborative activities. Contact us for more details.

Health Tech & Innovation days (France) – 13-14 October, Paris

This annual event will be an opportunity for innovative SMEs in the pharma and health care fields to connect to other businesses and healthcare professionals. Further details to follow.


Boost4Health is ending…

The Boost4Health project has connected Kent companies to Life Science clusters and contacts in several North West European countries. The main project has come to an end but Kent remains connected to various Health & Life Science clusters in mainland Europe. If you need information or connections to European Life Science networks and clusters, Kent is part of the Council for European Bio Regions (CEBR) and we can help  to keep you in touch with European counterparts. Further details about the CEBR network will be featured in future KIB newsletters.

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Selling Whisky to the US – how DIT’s Internationalisation Fund can help your business too…

OSA Fine Spirits is the designer, brand owner, bottler and distributor of premium and distinctive alcohol brands which it is now successfully selling into the US having accessed some financial assistance from the Department for International Trade’s Internationalisation co-investment fund.

The company is based near Borough Green and currently has 50% of its turnover linked to exports.

The company has successfully exported to markets as diverse as China and Japan with an on-line presence with Amazon and other e-markets.

The company recently targeted the US as it identified that its products were very suitable for the market. OSA Spirits took advantage of the DIT co-funding to focus on market research activity to ensure that its trade marks were protected and its labelling requirements were met. The funding also helped with identifying the right local distributors.

Whilst the company is an experienced exporter, it made use of the DIT co-investment to boost its international sales by overcoming some of the complex compliance regulations for the US market. The fund is still open for applications and there are webinars taking place on 29 June where you can find out more.

Please click here to find out more about the 29th June information webinar

Find out more about OSA Spirits by clicking here to visit the website.

Help and support for UK transition

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging businesses to sign up for email alerts, watch videos and register for free webinars to learn more about UK transition.

HMRC has a range of support detailed on its ‘help and support for UK transition’ page. Alternatively, businesses can call the Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434.

The latest guidance is available by clicking here:

Information about HMRC’s import and export customer support can be found by clicking here:

£1 million export package launched to promote UK seafood overseas

The UK Government recently announced a £1 million package to boost seafood exports, and promote the industry’s high-quality produce overseas.

Global exports of UK seafood amounted to over £1.6 billion in 2021 and this investment is aimed at growing this even further.

The Seafood Exports package, which is the final part of the £100m UK Seafood Fund, will:

  • Identify new overseas buyers and connect them with UK seafood companies
  • Promote UK seafood at international events
  • Increase expertise on British seafood produce in our Embassies and Consulates overseas

For more information on the Seafood Exports Package, click here to visit the UK Seafood Fund page.