Export Action Plan Finalists

Open to Export are delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the second export action plan competition showcase which takes place on Thursday 30 June at IFB2016 in Liverpool.

The ten shortlisted companies who demonstrated impressive business planning and feasibility in their export action plans are:

A & R House Ltd – food/bioscience
Business Development Midlands – education services
Cherith Harrison Ltd – gift products
Kliktolearn – education products and services
Medical Stock Images Company – digital images for medical sector
Ops and Ops – footwear
Pop-ettes – craft products
Prea Ltd – business services
Prickly Thistle Scotland Ltd – textiles, clothing, interior design
West Berkshire Brewery – beer

We can’t wait to hear more from these worthy finalists in Liverpool when each company will present their export plans to a panel of expert (and supportive!) judges for a chance to win £3,000 funding towards their overseas growth.

It promises to be a great day so, do look out for social media updates throughout the day. And will shall, of course, be sharing all the news, photos and videos post-event.

We are very grateful for the support of IFB2016 and Bibby Financial Services who are sponsoring this competition and to the Institute of Export who are donating valuable prizes. The judging panel are all very busy people and we really appreciate their time. It comprises:

Lesley Batchelor, OBE, the CEO of Open to Export and Director General of the Institute of Export
Mark Lesniak, Co Founder and Director of GreatBritish Store.com
James Cliffe, head of business banking at HSBC
Ian Ballentine, director of procurement at Heathrow
Mark Pountain, MD of previous Export Action Plan competition winner Charles Farris Candles.

IFB2016 is the world’s top business event and is attended by more than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries. We are delighted to be part of this great show. If you would like to join us on the 30th, we’d love to see you. The event is free to attend and all you have to do in join the IFB Business Club to be eligible to attend any of the free events taking place this month.

If haven’t tried using the Export Action Plan tool yourself yet, what are you waiting for? It’s a free to use resource, which guides you through five key steps from selecting a market to delivering products and services to new customers to get ready for export. We’ll even prompt you through the whole thing by video and point you to lots of useful resources along the way. Once you’ve completed the plan (it takes around two hours) it produces a report summarising answers and actions in an easy to read and shareable format which is perfect for sharing with international trade advisers or banks to better inform export planning conversations.

If you start today, we’ll automatically enter you into our next competition, taking place at the end of September and next time, it could be you preparing for a chance to win £3000.

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