Export Events and Funding


Meet the Buyer event – Bratislava, Slovakia

Attend our biggest food and drink matchmaking event yet and get access to leading Slovak buyers including hotels, distributors, retailers, hotels and catering companies.

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If you are interested in a Meet the Buyer opportunity then The International Food and Drink Event 2017 is the ideal event for you. IFE is the UK’s biggest and most important food & drink trade show taking place 19-22 March in London. DIT have overseas buyers and trade experts available for one to one meetings in the Meet the Buyer Lounge and in the Exporting is GREAT hub.

For bookings and enquires please contact:

Elizabeth Pearson – Elizabeth.pearson@mobile.trade.gov.uk or

Stephen Noblett – Stephen.noblett@mobile.trade.gov.uk



Launch of the European Regional Development Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber Region to Support Exporters

The Department for International Trade Yorkshire and the Humber will deliver a programme of £6.7m of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding for the Exporting for Growth programme. The programme will deliver support to both first time exporters and those already exporting, across the Leeds City Region, Sheffield City Region and Humber LEPs, to allow businesses to grow their success within international markets.

Any company looking for funding must be working with the Department for International Trade and support must fit within a company’s overall export strategy. ERDF, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds programme (ESIF), provides funding to support economic growth in England. The programme focuses on strengthening the regions’ businesses and increasing employment. Companies can access matched financial support to develop exports and generate job creation. A business must be a small and medium size enterprise (SME) to receive the support and meet the following criteria:

  • Less than 250 employees
  • No more than 25% of the organisation is owned by an enterprise that in itself is not an SME
  • Annual turnover does not exceed €50 million OR annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million
  • Create a minimum of one vacancy as part of the project.

Get in touch to find out more: T: +44 (0) 300 365 1000 /  exportingforgrowth@mobile.trade.gov.uk