action plan competition 2017

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What is the Open to Export Action Plan Competition?

Open to Export has now run 3 competitions around the Export Action Plan and we are looking forward to three showcase finals in March around food and drink, tech and creative and in the East of England region.

Entry is eligible to companies who have submitted their Export Action Plans by the deadline and met 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.

Each competition has 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. All finalists will receive prizes worth nearly 2K too!

The competition is now closed for entries but if you want to start your action plan, you will be eligible for our future competition.

On the current competition, we will inform successful entries to go forward to the showcase final before the end of February and the multiple finals will take place from 20 March for food and drink, 22 March for East of England and 30 March for tech and creative.

What is the Export Action Plan?

The Open to Export Action Plan is an intuitive online planning tool that 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 that is a brilliant showpiece to take to your bank, business advisor or international trade advisor.

How do I enter the competition?

Once your Export Action Plan is complete, simply tick the competition box to enter.

Alternatively, you can send your generated PDF report to

What could I win?

£3000 cash funding thanks to our sponsors SDL Managed Translation and Heathrow Airports, a Yell website package worth £3000 and 2 free places on an Institute of Export public training course worth £700 for the winner.

Each of the shortlisted companies get 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.

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.