FAQs

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Why have I been invited to apply for Shell LiveWIRE Let’s Go Trade?
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The country Programme Manager of Shell LiveWIRE has identified your business as fitting the selection criteria of Let’s Go Trade, and believes that you and your business can benefit from this initiative.

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Who will assess my application?
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Assessment of Let’s Go Trade applications is the responsibility of Shell LiveWIRE International.

 

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What sort of visits are the assessors looking for?
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The assessors want to see you exploring opportunities for business innovation and growth, including possible new markets, technologies, supply-chain development, learning and partnerships.

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Where can I travel to?
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The visit destination must align to the gap or opportunity identified.

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If my application is successful, can I publicise information about my success?
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Your Shell LiveWIRE Programme Manager will liaise with you to agree a PR statement relating to your successful application in order to publicise details of your success and the support provided to you from Shell LiveWIRE in developing your plan and the outcomes of your visit. Please do not issue any communications on your Let’s Go Trade application or visit until you have agreed the messaging and timings with your Shell LiveWIRE Programme Manager.

 

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What happens if I’m not able to go on my visit for some reason?
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If you are unable to undertake your visit, you must inform your Shell LiveWIRE Programme Manager immediately, and return all funding that has been paid to you

 

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What information do I need to provide to evidence the cost of my travels?
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Grant funding is available towards the costs of travel and accommodation only. The maximum grant payable is 50% of the travel and accommodation costs only, to a maximum of US $3,000. If your application is successful you will need to provide details of your travel plans, including costs / booking information, as well as evidence of a valid passport, visa (where appropriate) and insurance documents. Invoices and receipts will also be required following the visit. These must be uploaded to the ‘Visit Feedback’ section under 'Other Supporting Documents' section in the 'Applicant Area'.

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Why do I need to sign an Indemnity Clause?
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It is a requirement for your business to plan their visit very carefully, and to ensure you have a thorough understanding of all the implications and responsibilities of your trip. You must book your own comprehensive travel insurances, take health advice before travelling and follow the advice, and organise any visas required. Shell LiveWIRE International requires evidence that all necessary documentation has been arranged. The Indemnity Clause confirms that all travel arrangements are your full responsibility.

 

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What happens if I have a problem during my travels?
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Every year, millions of people travel overseas for business, and most do so without any problems. However, we believe that planning is very important to ensure that you can deal with any problems if they do arise. During the planning phase for your visit you will need to ensure you have all relevant and necessary contact details in case you need them whilst travelling. Depending on the nature of the problem, you must contact the relevant organisation to help you resolve matters (e.g. travel agent, insurer, consulate etc.).

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What happens after my visit?
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After the visit you will be contacted by Shell LiveWIRE International who will keep in touch with you to monitor your progress and success for a period of 24 months, building a case study of the impact of your trip after 12 and 24 months have passed. It is a condition of the Let's Go Trade funding to provide Shell LiveWIRE International with the information they ask for to demonstrate the outcomes of your visit.

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I haven’t been invited to apply for Shell LiveWIRE Let’s Go Trade, what opportunities are there for me to get involved?
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Shell LiveWIRE operates in 15 countries across the world, offering a diverse range of opportunities to start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. To see if Shell LiveWIRE can benefit you or your business, explore the Shell LiveWIRE International website to find a programme near you.

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