Our work on international projects

A deep understanding of the SME landscape and funded projects, coupled with our considerable experience of developing and delivering our own support services is what makes us unique.

Our core competency includes the implementation of SME growth programmes to support GDP and employment growth; export capacity development projects; SME innovation support; SME supply-chain development and human capital development.

We work closely with clients, beneficiaries and contracting organisations to agree needs, set challenging targets and achieve meaningful change. Collaboration is at the heart of our approach and we build success by creating and nurturing strong relationships.   

Our capability to deliver international projects is based on our experience in a number of core competencies.

Supply chain and export development

With a total contract value exceeding £30m since 2012, we have supported SMEs to win over £1800m of export orders.

Services include awareness raising, information, advice, events, trade missions and training. Additionally, for over 25 years we have supported UK organisations to enter and maintain profitable supply chains through the achievement and maintenance of certification to ISO and other best-practice standards.

SME innovation and competitiveness

We have secured a number of UK contracts through which we develop and deliver services supporting SME innovation, competitiveness and growth.

Until 2011 we delivered the UK’s flagship Business Link services in two regions (contracts worth c£100m). Recent international projects include the development of regional incubator services in Turkey and enabling SME competitiveness in Serbia, via adoption of e-business practices.

Human capital development

We hold significant experience of delivering learning & development and capacity building projects in the UK and internationally.

We have a satellite centre for delivery of management qualifications in Serbia and past projects include support to Serbia’s Ministry of Interior to introduce modern HR concepts and the delivery of a large-scale Police Strategic Management Programme. Other projects include strengthening the administrative capacity of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in Turkey; an EU Asia Invest programme improving management skills in Pakistan and Bangladesh; management capacity building to public servants from the Western Balkans and a significant commercial project for a large multi-national to develop first line managers across the AMEA region.