Export Champions mentoring for Scottish businesses

Support provided by Scottish Development International Scottish Enterprise

What does this involve?

The Export Champions programme is a business mentoring scheme. It uses 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 Enterprise and Scottish Development International as part of a £20 million investment by the Scottish Government to unlock Scotland’s exporting potential.

Businesses will be matched with an existing mentor or someone recruited from Scottish Enterprise's networks who has the right experience for their needs. After the initial introduction, businesses and their mentors can manage the relationship in whatever way works best for them, setting up meetings in a format and timescale that suits.

The programme lasts for a year. After that, businesses can review the experience and decide whether to continue working together.

Businesses will benefit from:

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

Mentors will get the chance to:

  • 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 they can offer

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are a business in Scotland involved or starting out in exporting, or an experienced exporter interested in mentoring a Scottish business.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Businesses in Scotland which are engaged, or starting out in, exporting.

How long does this take?

The programme initially runs for a year, with the option to continue working together after that. Businesses and mentors can arrange meetings on a timescale that suits them.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Enterprise website for more information.

Support provided by Scottish Development International Scottish Enterprise

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