HSBC launches Global Connections competition.

Connect with like-minded business leaders at an International Exchange

We're looking for 30 forward thinking, ambitious UK businesses to share their ideas on a truly global scale. Taking entries from 5 UK regions, we want innovative businesses to demonstrate the quality of their thinking and ability to put that thought into action. We'll then be selecting 6 finalists from each region, chosen by our expert panel of judges, and inviting them to attend one of our high profile International Exchanges to either the USA or UAE.

These prestigious events will bring together leading business minds from countries across the globe to share their knowledge and experience, and discuss the issues facing businesses in today's world.

You could secure up to £6 million in lending*, linked to a financial reward of up to £240,000

Back in the UK, all our Global Connections regional finalists will be given the opportunity to build their business pitch, applying the insights gained on their International Exchange.

Our panel of judges will then select 10 winners, 2 from each region, who could receive a financial reward of up to £120,000 in recognition of their success – the equivalent of 2% of their borrowing up to a maximum of £6 million.

All 10 regional winners will then be asked to pitch again to a national panel of judges and will attend our prestigious UK National Final in London, one overall winner of this inaugural Global Connections will be announced in front of an audience of international business leaders and the national press. That business could see their financial reward increase to up to £240,000 – the equivalent of 4% of their borrowing up to a maximum of £6 million.

Apply now and start making global connections

If your business is based in the UK, has been in trading for two years or longer and has an annual turnover of £2 million or more, then register now and complete the secure online application form . You can pause this process at any time, for example if you need to clarify any financial details relating to your business, and return to complete the form any time before the 13th July 2012.

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