Growing your business

Make it to Market

Make it to Market grants

Funding to enter international markets

Our Make it to Market grant can help you get your products or services ready to be exported to international markets.

We can contribute up to 70% of eligible costs between £2,000 and £5,000.

What can Make it to Market be used for?

  • New projects when product is beyond research and close to market
  • Adapting an existing product to meet overseas regulations for a new international market
  • External expert advice on technical feasibility or product modification
  • Product-based market research, including development of samples
  • Intellectual property (IP), licensing and brand protection (excluding registration fees), provided IP-related costs have an international focus. IP-related costs can make up no more than 50% of the total eligible project costs.
  • Professional guidance on overseas contracts with suppliers, intermediaries or manufacturers
  • Translation costs relating to product adaptation and launch
  • Overseas travel costs, provided they do not make up more than 20% of the total eligible project costs

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 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
  • Must have a business bank account which will be used for expenditure relating to the grant

Other criteria

  • You can incur 100% of the project costs up front and then await payment of a claim for 70% of eligible expenditure
  • 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
  • Your company is an SME (fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m)

EU Commission's definition of an SME

How to apply

Download our application form and send the completed version to