Resources to assist with sales and access to finance

The following table summarises some of the resources that Edale signpost to help businesses generate sales leads/channels or to track to access sources of finance.

Public procurement site

All central, local government and public agencies need to advertise their purchases via a procurement site. These tender notifications are a good resource to mine for
suitable sales leads. Some procurement websites charge a fee to access the tenders. Bidstats is a useful resource that uses relevant keywords to search for tenders the business can see and then connect to the buyer’s procurement site. This is a zero cost resource to find prospective sales.

International procurement site

For businesses seeking to operate abroad the Department of International Trade has a procurement sight that is linked or overseas databases but also updated by trade advisers in each local embassy around the world. This is a zero-cost resource to find prospective sales.

Grants and loans from the UK Government

Find government-backed support and finance for business.

Competition and funding source

Get coverage of government and EU funding opportunities. Registration is required.

European partnership opportunities

Enterprise Europe Network provides support for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises with international ambitions. It has Europe’s largest online database of business opportunities. Find, post or search for opportunities.

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

The Department of International Trade helps businesses exporting or thinking about exporting from the UK to attend selected overseas trade shows and conferences and get grants to offset some costs.

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