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New competition launched with Bibby Financial Services as sponsors

sponsored by bibby

Open to Export has launched another Export Action Plan competition with Bibby Financial Services as the first primary sponsors. The competition is now open to all sizes of businesses, and there is once again a £3000 cash prize on offer for the winner. The deadline to enter the competition is September 29th.

The theme of this autumn’s competition is having a strategy for Brexit and we’re fascinated to see how businesses will plan for the different potential outcomes of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU and what markets they will be considering entering over the coming years.

Bibby Financial Services are once again sponsoring the competition as part of their dedication to helping more new and inexperienced exporters thrive internationally.

Bibby are the UK’s largest independent invoice finance company and a trusted financial services partner to over 7,500 businesses in the country. Through their network of 18 local offices, they handle annual client turnover of £5 billion and in 2016, and have advanced more than £3.1bn to UK businesses, helping them to grow.

The competition is still open for further sponsorship and prize donations – please contact us if you are interested: william.barns-graham@opentoexport.com

Thrive Digital and the Institute of Export & International Trade are also donating prizes for the winner and finalists.

Thrive Digital helps brands and retailers to tap into the global opportunity made available by cross-border ecommerce. They do this by developing and implementing the most effective international ecommerce strategies for companies selling online.

Emil Stickland, Thrive Digital’s CEO, is founding member Ecommerce Action Scotland (an advisory board to Scottish Government) and works with Open to Export as an ecommerce expert. He also writes for several publications on ecommerce, including Ecommerce Nation (Europe’s largest ecommerce blog).

Emil has agreed to personally provide the winner of the Open to Export competition with two half day strategy sessions with the aim of maximising their ecommerce potential. In addition to this, Thrive Digital will provide a “heath check” report on the winners current ecommerce, providing actionable advice for improvements and ongoing strategy.

The Institute will once again be giving 2 free places on their public training courses to the winner, which are worth £700. Each finalist will also get a year’s free small business membership with the Institute of Export & International trade.

Established in 1935, the Institute of Export & International Trade is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.

Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.

To enter the competition, start your action plan today!

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