Exporting

Get funding for an export manager

Overview

To successfully trade in international markets you may need to access specific skills and knowledge that are not available within your existing management team.

We can help by providing funding for an export manager who will fill those gaps and support the delivery of your company's export and international trade strategy.

The service is flexible and supports the employment of an export business manager with the skills and experience that best suit your company’s specific requirements.

Are you eligible?

This funding is available for eligible HIE account managed businesses. HIE operates account management to build close relationships with hundreds of businesses and social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands. Account managed clients have the ambition and potential to trade outwith the region and achieve high growth, or to deliver significant benefits within a fragile area.

Please discuss with your account manager in the first instance. If you are not currently account managed but are interested in working with HIE, please contact your local HIE team.

What's involved?

Here are examples of possible activities an export manager could help you with:

  • Research into product customisation and distribution channels
  • Setting up international systems/processes to deal with international orders
  • Market entry requirements
  • Targeting new market opportunities

HIE can provide support towards the cost of contracting or employing an export manager, excluding recruitment costs, for up to 12 months, to eligible companies.

*Please note, this is a form of State Aid and will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.

How to apply

If you are a HIE account managed business, please discuss with your account manager in the first instance.

If you are not currently account managed by HIE but would like to be, please contact your local HIE office to discuss eligibility. 

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