New Enterprise Ireland Potential Exporters Division aims to get more Irish companies exporting

Pictured at the event are (l to r): Colm MacFhionnlaoich, Manager – Get Export Ready Unit, Enterprise Ireland, Stephen Grant, Founder & Managing Director, Grant Engineering, Birr, Co Offaly, Barry Egan, Director – West Region, Enterprise Ireland.
Pictured at the event are (l to r): Colm MacFhionnlaoich, Manager – Get Export Ready Unit, Enterprise Ireland, Stephen Grant, Founder & Managing Director, Grant Engineering, Birr, Co Offaly, Barry Egan, Director – West Region, Enterprise Ireland.

Inaugural Export Workshop takes place atAthlone Institute of Technology

In Athlone today (Wednesday 14 March 2012) the first in a nationwide series of Enterprise Ireland ‘Get Export Ready’ Workshops attracted more than 80 individuals from over 40 companies to hear about the new Enterprise Ireland programme of supports aimed at getting more Irish companies exporting.  The workshops are for pre-export and early stage exporting companies, and existing businesses seeking to explore new opportunities in export markets.

As part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012, Enterprise Ireland’s new Potential Exporters Division will deliver a wide range of initiatives focussed on helping companies export more.  The ‘Get Export Ready’ programme includes practical measures for early exporters focusing on export readiness, the importance of research, developing a value proposition and the skills of export selling. It will support and help prepare companies interested in targeting international markets to confront the challenges that any company faces as it prepares to export.

The dedicated Get Export Ready website with ‘how to’ guides, links to relevant information, self-assessment tools and templates, outlines the new supports.  These include:

  • Workshops, seminars and training across the country
  • Mentoring and advocate support
  • Access to market information
  • A dedicated helpdesk
  • Access to advice from successful exporting companies
  • Access to a range of Enterprise Ireland financial supports

Dr Michael Brougham, Director Enterprise Ireland Midlands Region, said:

‘Exporting can be a valuable new source of business for companies with ambition and we know there are many Irish companies operating successfully in the Irish market who can grow new business through finding new customers overseas. I am optimistic that there is enormous entrepreneurial talent in the Irish business community that can add value to businesses and the creation of jobs through new business from exporting’.  

Speaking at the inaugural workshop in Athlone today founder of Grant Engineering in Birr, Co Offaly, Stephen Grant said: ‘ One of the critical success factors for Grant Engineering is our continuous focus on Innovation. Innovation and Design enable us to stay ahead of the competition and it is for this reason that we have a 50% share of the UK market.’

John Teeling, Serial Entrepreneur & Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador speaking by video at the workshop said: ‘It’s vital that Irish companies look to foreign markets, no matter how small you are. There are huge opportunities in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and Asia. This is the future, and your preparation to export now is the key.’

Colm MacFhionnlaoich, Manager Get Export Ready Unit, Enterprise Ireland, commented:      
‘Irish exports are growing at a tremendous rate, and our priority is to build on this momentum, getting more and more Irish companies into exporting.  There is tremendous potential for Irish products and services right across world markets.  Today’s event is all about casting the net wider and reaching out to the very many Irish companies that are mainly focussed on the domestic market, to consider exporting as an option to expand their business’. 

Visit the Get Export Ready website for more information.  

ENDS

For more information contact:

Margaret Hennessy, Enterprise Ireland Midlands

Margaret Hennessy
+353 906 487100

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
 01 7272805
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