FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, has announced a £20,000 grant to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) grow.

The FedEx Small Business Grant contest is in its third year in Europe. This year it has been activated in five markets: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK.

Through the Small Business Grant, FedEx aims to help small and medium businesses across the UK realise their dreams for taking their business global.

Delivering to more than 220 countries and territories, FedEx plays an important role in connecting small businesses with overseas prospects.

“Small and medium businesses are the backbone of the economy and in order to help fast-track their growth, more often than not a ‘boost’ is required in terms of funding,” explains Martin Davidian, Managing Director Sales Enterprise National, FedEx Express and TNT.

“Gaining access to funding is no simple task and for SMEs it can be increasingly challenging. The SME market has dynamic companies which have huge potential for growth and development, and at FedEx we want to help them evolve, to have access to more possibilities, to become more competitive and to better support their international endeavors. The Small Business Grant provides an opportunity for small businesses to secure that boost to their funding and focus on their growth.”

Small and medium businesses will be asked to provide details what inspired them to start the business, their plans to go global, including showcasing their strategic vision for the future from business growth and international achievements and highlighting their ethical standards, to a panel of local business experts.

Deadline for applications is 28 November 2018.

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