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Support Programmes

Lancashire businesses with global trade ambitions can now access an unparalleled range of specialist international trade support services. Some of these programmes can help you access funding or grants that are available for eligible businesses.

Enhancing SME’s International Trade Performance

International Trade Support to grow your business

…Introducing the Enhancing SME’s International Trade Performance ERDF programme

The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade have enhanced their support for East Lancashire companies by expanding their team of experienced International Trade Advisors.  This new support programme, launched February 2017, provides new and experienced exporters with tailored international trade support and financial assistance to help those businesses with the ambition and capacity to grow internationally.

There is a tremendous amount of support to help businesses to identify new priority markets, reach more customers worldwide and increase turnover.

This programme includes events, market visits, specialist consultancy and match funded grants of £1500-£3000 for eligible companies to support their export growth initiatives.

This programme complements Department for International Trade core services and the extensive portfolio of services available from the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, and is designed to help firms become better skilled and equipped to access new international markets. Through this programme you will be able to exploit new overseas growth opportunities and boost your export performance.

Register your interest:

DOWNLOAD the registration form now and return to Stef Heywood, International Trade Advisor by email at

If you would like to speak with Stef about your export plans please ring  01254 356454 who will be delighted to offer guidance and discuss at length your international trade ideas and plans.

This programme is part-funded by European Regional Development Funds through the 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

Department for International Trade

The Chamber offers in partnership with Department for International Trade the core services offered by the government to help UK based companies in to exporting. Their offering comprises of Events, Seminars, Tradeshow Access Programme, Overseas Market Introduction Service and Business Opportunities.

For further information contact Stef Heywood:  /  01254 356454

Finance and Support for your Business

If you are looking for other government-backed support and finance for business, for example grants, finance and loans, funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups, business support eg mentoring, consultancy, these can be located on the government website.