• National Export Hub targets Dundalk SMEs

    Dundalk, 15 September 2015: The National Export Hub, an initiative of the Irish Exporters Association, this morning attracted over 80 delegates to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk from local Dundalk businesses and surrounding counties including Monaghan, Meath and Dublin to learn how to ‘Get Export Ready’. The National Export Campaign is a series of events run by the National Export Hub, designed as a masterclass for potential new exporters or early stage exporters to learn how to internationalise their business.

    Business mentor John Lennon hosted the Dundalk event drawing on the experiences from Tim King, CEO of King Environmental Services Ltd, about the company’s export journey and explored the pros and cons of preparing for and finding new customers overseas.

    This event offered an opportunity to learn about the range of supports available from the Irish Exporters Association, Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Bord Bia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to interact with key sponsors and partners of this initiative: ABP, AIB, DHL, Euler Hermes, PWC, who all provide leading edge guidance, and in many cases, specific products to support exporters.

    Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association commented:  “Dundalk is strategically located close to the M1 and other major transport routes such as rail, road, air and sea making it an ideal location for companies who wish to start exporting.  We are very proud of our agri-food industries, our manufacturing businesses and services companies located in the region, and we see a lot of opportunities to trade overseas, but it’s now more important than ever that we support these businesses to take the next step and help them to showcase their products on an international platform.” 

    Launched in March 2015, the aim of the National Export Campaign and National Export Hub is to increase the number of Irish businesses exporting for the first time, assist Irish businesses to enter new export markets and support Irish exporters to grow their exports in existing markets. Exporting (with Investment) is one of the two key drivers of the Irish Economy.  In 2014 Irish Exports were €207bn, 104% of GDP.

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    The National Export Campaign (NEC):

    Together the Partners will run 8 breakfast seminars around the country in 2015. The seminars will provide practical knowledge from experienced exporters and an opportunity for attending SMEs to meet individually with experts from the attending Partners. Working collectively the NEC seeks to have a minimum of 100 guests at each breakfast from 75 businesses. The NEC aims to:

    • Build SME export competence nationally;
    • Increase awareness amongst SMEs around the benefits and challenges of exporting; and
    • Bring a range of key private and public sector supports together under one campaign.

    The National Export Hub (NEH):

    A dedicated Hub Manager based at the Irish Exporters Association will assess the export readiness of businesses attending the NEC breakfasts and work with 20 of these to help identify export opportunities and assist them on their export journey. The NEH will also help companies to identify and connect with the appropriate supports acting as a signpost to the various government and private sector assistance available. Patrick Joy founder of Suretank Group and EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2013 will Chair the NEH steering committee and support the Hub Manager. The NEH has 3 objectives in its first year:

    1. To assist 20 companies to grow by increasing their exports whether by exporting for the first time, increasing exports to existing markets or by opening a new export market;
    2. To assist 80 companies through introductions and referrals to the sponsors, commercial service providers, government and government agencies, and through signposting the various schemes and supports available; and
    3. To increase the infrastructure of support available to all potential Irish Exporters.

    The NEH will aim to:

    • Develop and significantly enhance the practical help and support available to all Irish based exporters;
    • Increase access amongst SMEs to experienced exporters and to expert support;
    • Increase the resources available to SME’s in order to assist them to start exporting or to grow their; exports effectively;
    • Act as a signpost for all available export supports;
    • Increase the number of Irish based businesses who are exporting; and
    • Provide practical support to exporters on each step of their export journey.

    For more information contact:

    Vicki Caplin, Head of Marketing, Irish Exporters Association
    T: 01 6424174 / M: 087 9871137
    E: vickicaplin@irishexporters.ie

    Brian Colgan, Head of IEA Export Hub, Irish Exporters Association
    T: 01 6622 064 / 087 9621927
    E: briancolgan@irishexporters.ie

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