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Make it to Market grant

The Make it to Market grant can contribute between £2,000 and £5,000 towards activities that will allow your business to prepare its products or services for international markets.

Who can apply?

  • Small to medium-sized VAT registered businesses in Scotland (except the Highlands and Islands) that are looking to develop new, or adapt existing products or services for an international market. Non-VAT registered applicants may be considered if they have pre-approval for a VAT exemption via their Business Gateway adviser. 
  • You must be able to contribute at least 30% of the cost
  • You must be able to fund the project up front
  • You must be able to demonstrate the benefits of the project
  • Social enterprise companies

What can you use it for?

  • New product development where the product is beyond research and development, and close to market
  • Adaptation of an existing product for an international market, including meeting overseas regulatory requirements
  • 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 any registration fees) as long as the IP related costs have an international focus, and 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, as long as they do not make up more than 20% of the total eligible project costs

You can't apply for this grant if:

  • You have received, or are receiving, funding from Scottish Enterprise or any other public sector body for the project
  • You're a Scottish Enterprise account managed company or Business Gateway Growth Pipeline company, as we already provide these companies with other forms of support
  • You've previously received Make it to Market or By Design support within the last 36 months

What you can’t use it for

  • Projects that have already started
  • Capital expenditure, including IT hardware
  • Standard office software or operating system licences
  • Core business training (such as staff induction or standard office software applications)
  • Repayment or provision of loans or grants
  • Salary costs or staff recruitment costs (including the design or placement of recruitment adverts or promotional materials)
  • Costs to meet regulatory requirements in the UK (such as health and safety requirements)
  • Ongoing maintenance costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Exhibition costs
  • Printing and production costs for marketing collateral
  • Contractors outwith the EU

Get started

First you'll need to confirm you’re eligible for the grant. Then we'll send you the full application form with guidance notes to help you complete it.

Confirm you're eligible

Not sure?

If you're unsure whether this grant is right for you, you may be able to discuss your options with an adviser through our Innovation Support service.

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