Heathrow to offer 20 small businesses grants of £2,000 to fund trade missions and help firms reach new markets

Rebecca Smith
The airport is open to applications for the grants until 14 July
The airport is open to applications for the grants until 14 July (Source: Getty)

Heathrow Airport has announced a new programme to boost a raft of small British businesses and fund trade missions and research.

In partnership with the department for international trade (DIT), Heathrow's programme is aimed at helping small and medium-sized firms identify and access new markets for their goods and services.

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Grants will be provided to 20 small businesses of £2,000 each to fund trade missions, while the DIT will provide mentoring guidance from an international trade adviser to help their research and missions.

A panel including Heathrow's chairman Lord Deighton and DIT's international trade advisor Keith Moses will select the 20 recipients from a list of applicants. Businesses can apply until 14 July.

Heathrow's chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow wants to do all it can to help British businesses spread their products around the globe and grow international trade."

Holland-Kaye added that the programme should help small businesses progress and "show the world that Britain is open for business".

International trade secretary Liam Fox said the programme will help "guarantee British businesses benefit from the economic opportunities provided by Heathrow, the UK's only hub airport".

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