Business grants

Make it to Market

Make it to Market grant

The Make it to Market grant is now paused. No applications are being accepted at this time.

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What is the Make it to Market grant?

The Make it to Market grant can help you get your products or services ready to be exported to international markets. If you’re planning on exporting for the first time, expanding into new markets or launching a new product to your international markets, it could be the right choice for you. 

If you’re eligible, you could get between £2,000 and £5,000 to cover 70% of eligible costs. The grant can be used for lots of different activities related to exporting and entering international markets – from translating your packaging and creating samples to accessing market research and consulting with experts.

The details

2020年欧洲杯赛程If you’re interested in a Make it to Market grant, here are some of the key details you’ll need to know.

What can Make it to Market be used for?

2020年欧洲杯赛程The Make it to Market grant can be used for a range of activities that will help you get ready to export abroad. These need to be new activities (not something you’re already working on), and your product or service must be beyond research and close to market.

Activities you can use the grant for include:

  • Making updates to your products and packaging to suit your market or meet regulations. This can include translation of packaging.
  • Researching international market opportunities, customers and routes to market
  • Product-based market research, including development of samples
  • Professional guidance on overseas contracts with suppliers, intermediaries or manufacturers
  • External expert advice on technical feasibility or product modification
  • Protecting your Intellectual property (IP), including licensing and brand protection (excluding registration fees). IP-related costs must have an international focus and cannot make up more than 50% of the total eligible project costs.
  • Visiting the local market for customer feedback and development. Overseas travel costs cannot make up more than 20% of the total eligible project costs.
  • Market launch of your product/service and local launch promotion

Am I eligible?

To be eligible your company:

  • Must be based in Scotland (outside the Highlands and Islands region) and be registered for VAT
  • Must have a business bank account which will be used for expenditure relating to the grant
  • Must be an SME (fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m)
  • Must be developing a product or service for international markets
  • Must not have commissioned any work or spent any money on the project activities that the grant would fund

Other criteria:

  • You can demonstrate the benefits of the project
  • Your company must not have an SE account manager or Business Gateway growth pipeline adviser
  • Funding won't be used for exhibition or trade event costs
  • Funding won't be used for capital expenditure such as IT equipment
  • You haven't received Make it to Market or By Design funding in the past
  • You can afford 100% of the project costs up front and then wait for payment of a claim for 70% of eligible expenditure
The Make it to Market grant is now paused until the new financial year. No applications are being accepted at this time.

Exporting advice and support

2020年欧洲杯赛程There are lots of other ways we can offer to help you expand your business in international markets.

Export advisory service

Our specialist advisers can work closely with you to help you identify and understand potential international markets, create a strategy, find the right contacts, develop your resources and more.

International market research

This service provides free, tailored reports about the markets you’re interested in. They can cover things like competitor insights, consumer demographics, supplier databases, credit reports and more.