Helping SMEs access global trade and innovation opportunities

Helping companies grow by forging strong international connections and embedding themselves in global supply chains.

Research by SEEDA (the former South East England Regional Development Agency) had shown there was an outstanding opportunity for the region’s environmental technology businesses to grow… and for the South East to achieve global leadership in environmental technologies and services.

Pera Consulting won the contract to assist a £1.2million business support programme aimed at sharpening those companies’ competitive edge and accelerating their growth.

We worked with EnviroBusiness – SEEDA’s executive agency at the heart of the project – to assist companies to boost international sales, improve innovation and make the most of the business and market intelligence we could bring.

As a result our knowledge of clean technologies and markets enabled 600 businesses to form vital international business connections and achieve their growth ambitions.

As part of their development we:

  • introduced companies into global supply chains
  • raised R&D finance by partnering them with European projects
  • sourced specialist academic research expertise
  • identified and secured commercial tendering opportunities

In all we spurred businesses on to achieve new sales of over £10million and created more than £11million worth of additional funding for innovation and R&D projects.

This generated a return on the public investment in excess of 17:1