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 get into overseas markets. While visits to major International Trade Shows and the ability to travel abroad to do business are still very much on hold due to the covid pandemic, this project will focus on helping companies 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 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.

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.