The UK Government’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has opened its next Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards programme for entries.

The Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards recognise and celebrate the global trading success of small businesses from across the UK. DBT stated that, ‘From iconic clothing to ice cream makers, assistive dyslexia software and world-class consultancy, the UK makes, creates, designs and engineers amazing products and services that are sold to the world.

These awards feature 12 categories that UK SMEs may be entered for:

  • Agriculture, Food & Drink
  • Consultancy & Professional Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital, Technology & Smart Cities
  • Education & EdTech
  • Financial Services & FinTech
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure & Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Low Carbon Energy
  • Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing & Construction
  • Retail & Consumer Goods

As an awards programme for UK SMEs, those entering the Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards should be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and should have at least two full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents.

SMEs are defined as having 250 employees or less. If a smaller subsidiary of a larger multinational, an organisation will still be eligible to apply although any connection to a larger company should be clearly stated. Any data quoted should relate only to the subsidiary and not the multinational. Export stories submitted should relate to the 2023 calendar year (January to December 2023).

Entries will close at 23:59 on 14 January, 2024. Winning SMEs will be announced in May. Winners will receive a trophy, certificate and digital badge, as well as a year’s free membership to the Institute of Exports and International Trade (IoEIT). A winners’ reception will take place in Parliament at a later date, to be confirmed.

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