Helping Leicester businesses go forth and export

Posted by ap507 at Jan 30, 2014 10:20 AM |
University experts are helping 16 Leicester businesses to expand their international business potential through the SME Support to Growth project
Helping Leicester businesses go forth and export

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A group of 16 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Leicester city are benefiting from the expertise of University experts through its SME Support to Growth project, which is directed by Professor Kirsten Malmkjaer of the School of Modern Languages and Dr Stephan Reiff-Marganiecof the Department of Computer Science.

The University is offering academic consultancy, short business projects conducted by students as part of their degree, up to £2,000 towards the cost of employing a recent graduate on a minimum three-month internship and tailored support to the unique requirements of each business.

The benefits for SMEs thinking about exporting were also emphasised at a recent workshop in Leicester hosted by the University in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). The event was aimed at SMEs seeking to grow their business overseas. Similar events will be run throughout 2014.

The project is funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).