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Find out about the Boost4Health project and how it will help your business

Posted on 06/10/16

Do you want to start exporting but don’t know where to start? Are you interested in doing business in Belgium? Do you want to find commercial partners in Spain?

The Boost4Health project, which launches at Discovery Park this month, will seeking to support companies involved in scientific research to take that next step.

Boost4Health will help Kent-based Life Science companies connect to business opportunities in mainland Europe.

Exporting can be complex and B4H will provide free support to help Kent firms enter new markets. The project will be launching at Discovery Park on 12 October and companies are invited to come along to find out more.

Background

When the new BioGateway cluster was being developed, Kent-based life science companies told us that they were keen to export but faced a number of challenges.

  • They didn’t know where to go for expert advice and mentoring
  • They didn’t understand the complexities of different European markets
  • They wanted to connect with other life science networks and clusters
  • They wanted to participate in international trade shows and events
  • They needed access to funding to help with business development

Kent joined the Boost4Health project to help with these challenges.

Why export?

Doing business in another country can help businesses to grow. For Life Science companies, overseas trade can help increase product lifespans and significantly increase access to customers. Exporting, however, can be quite complex and this is especially true in the Life Science sector where regulations vary from country to country.

What is Boost4Health?

B4H is an EU funded project led by Kent County Council which can help life science companies with internationalisation by providing a range for free support services.

Who can take part?

Firms from Kent and its European partner regions in six other European countries can receive free support from the project to help them to do business in different European markets. In particular the project will focus on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology and nutrition.

What support is available?

  • Specialist coaching to help with international growth
  • Opportunities to travel to Life Science events and clusters in mainland Europe to meet with companies and experts who can help with market entry.
  • Micro-financing for travel, product validation or other export-related activities
  • Opportunities to join a dynamic European Life Science network

Why participate?

Boost4Health brings together some of the most dynamic life science clusters in North West Europe meaning that companies will be able to connect to hundreds of European businesses and commercial opportunities.

What is different about Boost4Health?

  • Boost4Health is potentially one of the last EU funded trade development projects that will run in Kent but it will have a lasting impact.
  • B4H is unique because it connects Life Science clusters from 7 European countries and more than 2000 Life Science companies
  • B4H provides free support to companies to help with the complexities of international trade
  • B4H focuses specifically on the Life Science sector providing tailored, targeted support to help companies overcome barriers to internationalisation

Will it work?

We were able to offer a place to Sittingbourne-based Abbaltis on a Kent stand at the international trade show, Medica in 2014.

Being part of the stand provided access for the company to a huge range of potential customers and contacts in a single place.

Coupled with 1-2-1 advice from what is now known as the Department for International Trade and access to pre-arranged meetings with businesses across Europe thanks to Enterprise Europe Network, Kent County Council and its partners were able to provide a suite of beneficial support services to help Abbaltis grow its international sales.

B4H will provide similar opportunities over the next 3 years to connect Kent businesses to opportunities and customers across Europe.

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