Supported by IFB2016, IOE, UKTI and Bibby Financial Services

“The Export Action Plan has been a great help towards our international growth. It has allowed us to detach ourselves and view our business with fresh, objective eyes”.

Caroline Sparks – Turtle Tots (former finalist)

Read more about the Export Action Plan Competition from our former finalists.



Previous winners, Charles Farris

What is the Open to Export Action Plan Competition?

This is your chance to win £3000 cash and for the opportunity to pitch your export plans to our panel of expert judges on the Blue Skies Stage at the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool on June 30th.

The competition has been set up by Open to Export to encourage small UK businesses to take the next steps towards international growth.

The competition final will be an inspiring event and a great opportunity for 10 UK SMEs to showcase their business.

Take your first step towards entering the competition by reading our inspirational report of the inaugural competition.

What is the Export Action Plan?

The Open to Export Action Plan is a simple step-by-step online planning tool which asks you to complete tasks and set actions, helping you to establish what you need to know and do to start selling overseas.

How do I enter the competition?

Once you’ve completed your Export Action Plan, simply tick the competition box upon generation.

Alternatively, you can send your generated PDF report to

Deadline for submission: Friday 27th May 2016


What could I win?

One winning company will win £3000 cash funding and 2 free places on an Institute of Export public training course. Each of the 10 shortlisted companies will also win a year’s free small business membership with the Institute of Export, a year’s free membership with the Great British Store and free entry to the International Festival for Business 2016.

Look out for more prizes, to be announced before the end of April.

How do I win?

Our panel of industry experts will judge which companies have the most coherent and thought-through export plans, and who has the most potential to benefit from the prizes on offer.

10 shortlisted companies will be invited to present their export action plans to the judging panel at an inspiring event held on the ‘Blue Skies’ stage at the heart of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool on June 30th.

The final will be a great opportunity for the 10 companies to showcase their business on a large stage at a landmark show-piece event in the British business show calendar, as well as being a great opportunity to network with a wide array of businesses both large and small.

The winner will be announced on the day of the final.

Who can enter?

The competition has been created to support small UK-based businesses who are new to exporting. We define small businesses as having fewer than 50 employees.

What is the International Festival for Business 2016?

IFB 2016 is a global marketplace for creating connections and doing deals. It brings together thousands of businesses from around the world for three weeks of events, networking and deal-making.

Blue Skies is the IFB2016’s headline stage will host a programme of 12 world renowned speakers and will bring together all IFB2016 delegates in one spectacular evening event each day.

IFB 2016 is proud to support the Open to Export Action Plan Competition as part of its efforts to help small business to sell overseas and in so doing help the UK economy.