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Export finance for small and medium sized businesses

Supercharge your exports with government-backed finance.

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To realise your export ambitions, you may need to access finance or insurance

Our Export Finance Managers can help navigate the complexities of trade finance and credit insurance, advising you on UKEF products that could meet your needs, or helping to signpost to alternative financing options, where appropriate.

We work in partnership with the private sector to offer finance and insurance to help your business export your goods and services. We support exports across all sectors from capital goods to services and intangibles.

Products for SMEs

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Unlock working capital

Unlock working capital to support your business’s growth, via cash facilities or contingent obligation facilities, such as bonding and letter of credit lines.

Buyer finance

For contracts over £500,000, allowing payment upfront for you and extended payment terms for your buyer.

Insurance against loss

Get cover for not being paid for export contracts, or of not being able to recover the costs of performing a contract.

Businesses which have taken advantage of our support

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Getting the edge on competitors with guaranteed finance

Newly-launched SME wins a contract against established competitors with UKEF backing.

Excelerate secures £10 million worth of orders with guaranteed finance

The UKEF Export Working Capital Scheme helped Excelerate with a loan to supply technology for emergency services.

Scottish business sets foundations with bond guarantee

With our backing, FoundOcean supplied foundations to a 100-turbine offshore wind farm in Taiwan.