export action plan competition

bibby sponsorsWhat is the Open to Export Action Plan Competition?

Exporting is easy when you have a plan. Enter the Export Action Plan Competition for the chance to win £3000 and more prizes towards implementing your plan of action for export success.


Deadline: 5 November 2019 

You can enter the competition at any point, even though the most recent deadline has recently elapsed. Your submission will be put towards the first competition in 2020. A new deadline and final for this competition will be announced in the first quarter of 2020.

Entry is eligible to companies who submit their Export Action Plans and meet the competition criteria. You can start your action plan whenever you want and if you need to leave it, the pages will automatically save it for you so that you can come back to it later.

What is the Export Action Plan?

The Open to Export Action Plan is an intuitive online planning tool which takes you through 5 key steps to export success. It is simple to use and works by asking you to complete tasks and set actions, helping you to establish what you need to know and do to start selling overseas. Once you have completed the steps, you will generate an action plan which is a brilliant showpiece to take to your bank, business advisor or international trade advisor.

How do I enter the competition?

Once your Export Action Plan is complete, simply tick the competition box to enter.

Alternatively, you can send your generated PDF report to [email protected].

What could I win?

£3000 cash and further support towards your export plans.

The winner’s package also includes 2 free places on an Institute of Export & International Trade public training course worth £700. Each of the finalists got a year’s free small business membership with the Institute.

Further prizes will be announced before the deadline.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to SMEs who:

  • are new to export
  • employ fewer than 50 employees
  • are based in the UK
  • are planning to enter new markets
  • would truly benefit from winning the £3000 prize

Where is the final taking place?

The showcase final will be taking place as part of the Institute of Export & International Trade’s Birmingham World Trade Summit.

Each year, the Institute produces a series of Regional Trade Summits that bring together experts and leading authorities to speak on the key issues of the day.

These one-day events explore the increasingly complex international trade environment, looking at the many opportunities and a few challenges currently facing those working in international trade.

In the morning, you will hear from trade professionals and experts about the most important topics in global trade today, before the showcase final kicks off in the afternoon. During the showcase final, each shortlisted finalist will pitch their plans to the judges for 10 minutes, before 5 minutes of questions.

Sponsors and supporters

Bibby Financial Services – Sponsors

Bibby Financial Services (BFS) is a leading independent financial services partner to over 10,000 businesses worldwide.  With over 40 operations in 14 countries spanning Asia, Europe and North America, BFS provides specialist and adaptable FX services, trade, asset and working capital finance, helping businesses to grow in domestic and international markets. Formed in 1982, BFS is part of the Bibby Line Group (BLG), a diverse and forward-looking family business delivering personal, responsive and flexible customer solutions for over 200 years.

To find out more about Bibby Financial Services, visit: https://www.bibbyfinancialservices.com/

The Institute of Export & International Trade – prize donators and supporters

The Institute of Export & International Trade‘s mission is to enhance the export performance of the United Kingdom by setting and maintaining professional standards in international trade management and export practice. This is principally achieved by the provision of education, training and practical business support services.

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