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Smart Exporter – International Preparedness Programme Framework

UK, 2011 - 2014


Upper Quartile David Gass

SDI Kirsteen Higgins



The International Preparedness Programme, funded through Smart Exporter, supports companies by helping them develop key skills in a range of business activities and equipping them with the knowledge to operate internationally. The Programme operates on three course levels, and is delivered through a series of export workshops for each course:

  • Preparing to Export – Introductory
  • Preparing to Export – Intermediate
  • Preparing for International Growth – Advanced

The Upper Quartile project team in place are all experienced international trade professionals, and have extensive experience of workshop delivery and export training. All of the team, both partners and associates, bring direct experience of working with a range of companies to develop their international awareness, export knowledge and skills and to put this learning into practice.


Our core team for the International Preparedness Programme is:

  • David Gass
  • Neil NacCallum
  • Nataliia Hinde
  • Martin McBride
  • Michael McIntyre
  • Maureen Liddell


The framework contract commenced in October 2011 for an initial period of 3 years.