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The Compete In project at Leeds Beckett University

The Compete In project aims to strengthen the support available to small to medium-sized companies across Europe wishing to internationalise.

Leeds Beckett University is one of seven partners across Europe participating in the project by trialling a new approach to internationalisation which addresses regional systems, stakeholders and policies with the main aim of helping Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to go global.

The project

The Compete In project focuses on three main areas: the attraction of investments, the penetration of new markets and territories, and the creation of international partnerships.

To achieve this, there are four key phases to this project:

  1. Research and Study Visits

    Each of the seven partners participate in research and study visits to share information and identify

    • The best practice projects that support SME businesses to internationalise in their cities,
    • Case studies showing global projects that support SME businesses to internationalise,
    • The factors that make these projects successful.
  2. Knowledge Transfer

    Working with the best practice projects identified in the research phase, which has now taken place, Leeds Beckett University has identified two specific projects to progress. To gather and understand this new knowledge, we will attend a Transfer Workshop to find out more about the projects, the key successes and challenges and the actions that can be adopted to help SME businesses in our region to internationalise.

  3. Action Planning

    Phase three will develop and implement a series of actions that will trial and embed the improvement ideas for the Transfer Workshop into our regional projects, with our regional SME businesses and working with the Leeds City Region’s business support stakeholders.

  4. Influencing

    Using the findings from each of the phases the project will work with a local stakeholder group and policy makers to embed best practice learning into future projects, policy instruments and a range of regional stakeholders activity.  

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