To execute a successful export strategy, it's vital that any business has the appropriate financial resources in place. The upfront costs associated with developing international trade, such as logistics, product customisation or additional payroll, can sometimes slow or delay implementing an export plan.
To avoid your export activity putting a strain on your cash flow it's worth exploring what funding and investment options are readily available. There are plenty of public and private options out there but it can be difficult and confusing to try and identify the best fit for your business.
If your business has been trading for less than two years then you may be eligible to apply for a variety of start-up loans, or it may be worth exploring suitable crowdfunding options. Another good place to start is with online finance platforms, which represent hundreds of FCA-regulated and approved UK lenders. Even if you've recently been turned down for traditional bank finance there's still an array of alternative funding and investment options for you to consider.
How we can help
We can provide you with expert advice and assistance to navigate the labyrinth of export funding and investment sources, prioritising which route will give your business the best chance of success.
There are two ways for you to access our export funding and investment support services:
- Export Funding and Investment Clinic (duration one hour)
Learn more about how to find the most appropriate sources of funding and investment for your business.
- One-to-one Export Funding Assessment
Full evaluation of needs and assistance from an export funding and investment specialist. Exploring funding for capability development, financial support for scaling up to manage demand, finance for innovation and R&D or funding through loans and equity.
Our experts can also help you with funding applications, preparing documents for investment pitches and preparation of applications for finance support.
Regardless of whether you're new to export or an experienced global trader, you may also qualify for government-backed finance through UK Export Finance (UKEF). We can connect you with a local UKEF adviser who, as the UK’s export credit agency, can issue loans, guarantees and insurance policies to help you offer competitive terms to your overseas buyers while managing your cash flow and payment risks.
We can offer free, impartial export funding and investment advice to businesses based in the South West of England. Our goal is to make sure that your business has the necessary finances to fullfill export orders.
How to get started
It's never been easier to trade internationally and we don't want cashflow difficulties to get in the way, lots of UK businesses now look to funding and investment opportunities to finance their export plans.
Get in touch and we'll match your business with one of our export funding and investment advisers to discuss your specific finance requirements.
Call us on 01275 370 944