ENTREPRENEURS with clever ideas for exporting goods and services have been challenged to bid for prizes including £5,000 worth of top business advice.
The gauntlet was thrown down by High Peak Borough Council, which revealed that UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) had called on self-employed people and small and medium enterprises to share their export ideas.
The Exporting for Growth Prize is open to businesses with a new product or service they want to export or an idea for such a product or service.
It is also open to enterprises that have started exporting in the last 12 months and would now like to take it further.
Prizes include £5,000 worth of mentoring from HSBC Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers, three grants to travel overseas to explore markets, and a full range of services from UKTI.
Applicants should visit http://vizola.emb-x.com/ukti/UKTICOM.pdf and explain in no more than 200 words why their idea is workable. Alternatively, businesses can call Kerry Bailey in the Derbyshire UKTI office on 01332 826427.
Ian Huddlestone, executive councillor for regeneration, said: “The competition offers local firms a great opportunity to take forward their export ideas.
“We’re conscious that small businesses need all the help they can get in these difficult economic conditions.
“That’s why we’ve been running a series of one-to-one surgeries for local businesses to get advice and financial support from UKTI, the Manufacturing Advisory Service and HM Revenue and Customs,” he explained.
Deadline for competition applications is Friday January 13, 2012.