Check out the eligibility criteria below to see if your company is eligible to receive a grant.

  • The SME must be based in the West Midlands
  • Must meet the EU Definitions related to an enterprise and to being an SME
  • Must have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Is an autonomous enterprise not owned more than 25% by another enterprise or owns more than 25% of another enterprise
  • Not a subsidiary of a company based outside of Europe
  • Have an Annual Turnover of less than 50 million Euros, or annual Balance Sheet Total (main assets) of less than 43 million Euros
  • Be a Head Office / Single Site (no branches)
  • Must be within an eligible industrial sector
  • The activity must be related to either a new international market or new routes to international markets and be additional activity

Ineligible Criteria

SMEs operating in the following sectors are NOT eligible for support from this project:

  • Retail (defined as the provision of goods and/or services to the general public. Provision of services to businesses/SMEs is not considered as Retail)
  • Agriculture
  • Food and drink (a large proportion of non agricultural food and drink companies are eligible – please contact us to check eligibility)
  • Fisheries and aquaculture sectors (which are supported through European Fisheries Fund)
  • Manufacturing of synthetic fibres
  • Public sector
  • School education
  • Ship building
  • Coal
  • Steel
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies

If you have a question about your company’s eligibility contact us