South East Export Development (SEED) Project

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What is SEED? 


The South East Export Development (SEED) is a project funded by SELEP (the South East Local Enterprise Partnership) and will help small businesses from East Sussex, Kent & Medway, Essex and South Essex to make new virtual connections overseas.

The project runs until October 2022 and will organise a series of virtual trade missions and free activities to help companies to access new international markets. The project will focus on the following sectors:

  • Food & Drink
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Digital & Creative

The first target markets are the UAE and Vietnam for Food & Drink and Ireland for Health & Life Sciences.

SEED will offer businesses a range of FREE support services to help them access new international markets through an innovative support programme culminating in a series of  virtual trade missions aimed at SELEP-based companies which are keen to increase their international activity.

Interested in participating? Click here to download our Expression of Interest Form.

Activities kicked off in September 2021 when we shipped a range of product samples from companies in the SE of England, to Hong Kong’s HOFEX trade show with support from the Department for International Trade in Hong Kong. The products were showcased on the UK pavilion and the companies involved are now following up virtually with contacts made at the show.

We are continuing to invite eligible companies to sign up for our next programmes of activity focusing Malaysia (Health & Life Sciences), as well as upcoming programmes for the United Arab Emirates (Health & Life Science), the Philippines (Food & Drink), and Canada (Health & Life Sciences and Digital & Creative).

Our following virtual programmes are successfully well underway for the market-specific programmes of activity which started in December 2021: Ireland for Health & Life Sciences and UAE & Vietnam for Food & Drink and include market briefings and insight, 121 support from ‘in-market’ specialists, and meetings with in-market business contacts as part of our virtual trade missions.

SEED is funded by SELEP (the South East Local Enterprise Partnership) and run by the organisations shown below with additional support from the Department for International Trade and Enterprise Europe Network.