Open to Export has now run 3 competitions around the Export Action Plan with plans to launch several more competitions for 2017.
Entry is eligible to companies who submit their Export Action Plans and meet the competition criteria.
The Export Action Plan is a brilliant tool in itself but we want as many SME’s as possible to experience the benefits of using it and this is why we encourage you to submit your plan for a chance to win over £6000 in prizes to help get your business exporting.
If you make the final, you get the opportunity to pitch your export plans to panel of high profile judges and gain great publicity for your brand around the competition – we think that’s invaluable.
Our November competition had a £3000 cash prize with a further £3000 worth of support in the form of website build, translation and memberships to help the winner even further. In November, all finalists received prizes worth over £2000 too.
The competition is now open for entries with a deadline of Friday 10 February 2017 to complete your action plan and enter the competition. You can start your action plan whenever you want and if you need to leave it, the pages will automatically save it for you so that you can come back to it later.
We will inform successful entries to go forward to the showcase final before the end of February and the multiple finals will take place mid-March onwards.
The Open to Export Action Plan is an intuitive online planning tool which takes you through 5 key steps to export success. It is simple to use and works by asking you to complete tasks and set actions, helping you to establish what you need to know and do to start selling overseas. Once you have completed the steps, you will generate an action plan which is a brilliant showpiece to take to your bank, business advisor or international trade advisor.
Once your Export Action Plan is complete, simply tick the competition box to enter.
Alternatively, you can send your generated PDF report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re currently working on building another great package of prizes and will announce these when we launch the schedule.
In November, our worthy winner got £3000 cash funding, a Yell website package worth £3000 and 2 free places on an Institute of Export public training course worth £700. Each of the shortlisted companies also got a year’s free small business membership with the Institute of Export, a web translation voucher from SDL Managed Translation and lots of other goodies on the day.
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.