Hewlett Packard has launched the inaugural Go Global awards, which is giving six small UK businesses the chance to travel to China on a three day trade mission.
The HP Go Global Awards is building on the success of Enterprise Nation’s established Go Global series of inspirational events, workshops and international missions for UK SMEs, launched during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. The mission is also being supported by PayPal and HSBC.
The awards show aims to recognise and showcase some of the most hardworking, innovative and successful SMEs in the UK today. The scheme specifically targets small businesses in Britain that have successfully entered the international export market. The scheme is also designed to encourage businesses that are looking to break into new territories.
‘‘The launch of the HP Go Global Awards represents HP’s continued commitment to promote the best achievements of the UK’s SMBs and to celebrate their innovation and significant contribution to the UK economy,’’ said George Brasher, vice president and general manager, printing and personal systems, HP UK and Ireland.
After the application deadline has closed on Friday 31st July, a shortlist of 6 SMEs will be announced on 14th August 2015. The 6 winners will go on a three day trade mission to China. As well as this, two overall winners will go on to receive a HP Go Global Award for ‘Best Breakthrough Exporter of the Year’ and ‘Next Breakthrough Exporter of the Year.
The two winners will receive some fantastic opportunities, such as 4 mentoring sessions on commercial banking with Richard Bearman, UK director of small business, HSBC. Winners will also receive a selection of HP’s business products chosen to meet the winners’ specific business needs.
‘‘Small British businesses have an enormous opportunity to begin to and then increase trading with overseas countries, including China. This initiative recognises those that have made great strides in this arena, and encourages and enables others to do the same,’’ commented Emma Jones, founder of small business network Enterprise Nation.