Exports and international markets

Export Champions programme

Export Champions programme

Want to help unlock Scotland's export potential? We're seeking mentors and mentees to join our Export Champions programme. Discover the rewards of business mentoring through our matching service.

Unlocking Scotland's export potential 

The Export Champions programme is a business mentoring scheme that mobilises the vast experience of Scotland’s exporters to support businesses who are either starting their international journey or have a specific exporting challenge.  

The programme is delivered by Scottish Development International as part of a £20 million investment by the Scottish Government to unlock Scotland’s exporting potential. 

Connecting companies

We know that companies who trade internationally tend to be more innovative, more productive and more competitive, all of which is great for our economy. We also know that implementing an international strategy can be risky and a bit daunting.

In these situations, the best advice comes from those who have experience of doing business internationally. That's why Export Champions has been established, to connect businesses looking for support with those best placed to provide it.

How does it work?

Step 1 – finding the right match

We’ll find a match from our existing participants. If we can’t find the right match, we’ll use our networks to recruit someone. 

Step 2 – initial introduction

We’ll facilitate the initial introduction. If you’re happy with your match, we’ll take a step back and let you manage your relationship. 

Step 3 – your mentorship

You can organise confidential meetings in a format and timescale that suits you. We’ll be available for support if you need it. 

Step 4 – review

After a year the programme finishes you can review the experience. After that, you’re welcome to keep working together if you choose. 

What to expect

As a business looking for support you can expect: 

  • A confidential environment to share challenges 
  • Quality interactions with someone experienced in exporting and international business 
  • A non-commercial arrangement to support your business 

As an Export Champion mentor, you can:

  • Support an ambitious Scottish company
  • Give back to the business community and support Scotland’s economic growth
  • Take a flexible approach to mentoring that is aligned with what you can offer

Find out more

If you’d like some more information about the programme, get in touch with our team today.

Sign up today

Become an Export Champion mentor

If you have a depth of international trade experience and would like to help others reach their exporting potential, then complete the online from to be added to the list of Export Champions 


Find an export mentor

If you have a Scottish business with international ambition and would benefit for the support of an experienced mentor, then complete the online form to officially register your interest.