Exporting is GREAT Truck tours Northern Ireland

As part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, the Export Hub touring truck visited Northern Ireland from 16 - 20 May during a UK wide roadshow.


Exporting is GREAT is the UK government’s most ambitious export campaign ever. It aims to inspire and support 100,000 additional UK exporters to sell their goods and services overseas by 2020. The campaign’s mission is to turn the UK into the world’s greatest exporting nation, capturing the imagination of the public, boosting business confidence and empowering more UK companies to go out and succeed in global markets.

The Hub went on the road visiting:

  • Titanic Slipways, Belfast
  • The Lakeland Forum Enniskillen
  • Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry
  • Junction One, Antrim
  • The Outlet, Banbridge
 

The roadshow offered local companies, either new or current exporters, the chance to get export advice from advisors from Invest NI and UK Export Finance.

Companies also took part in seminars which offered practical advice on what they should consider when exporting and advice on how they to find customers overseas for their products and services.

 

Northern Ireland’s Export Ambition

Growing the Northern Ireland economy through increasing exports and external sales is the key aim of the NI Executive’s Export Matters Action Plan which was launched in March 2016.

The ambition is to grow the value of exports and external sales outside NI by 80% by 2025; and increase the number of local businesses engaged in sales outside Northern Ireland.

Exporting is GREAT

The Exporting is GREAT campaign specifically aims to highlight the world of opportunities out there for UK goods and services.

The Exporting is GREAT campaign specifically aims to highlight the world of opportunities out there for UK goods and services.

The Exporting is GREAT website is exportingisgreat.gov.ukand includes access to live export opportunities – organised by sector and market.

Over 6,000 export opportunities have been listed since November 2015. This equates to 40 new opportunities every day.

Opportunities have come from 109 countries and 44 different sectors, including the chance to sell tea to China or cheese to France. They also highlight a Spanish demand for UK deckchairs and a Finnish thirst for British beer.

Exporting is GREAT website

Demand for Northern Ireland products and service

No one can argue against the need for export-led growth. From January-December 2015 Northern Ireland manufacturing companies exported £6.31 billion to countries around the world. This was a 5.9 per cent increase on the previous year.

Northern Ireland products and services are in demand around the world and many Northern Ireland companies are already making great strides in markets around the world.

For example CDE Global recently made great strides in Kuwait signing a significant contract to supply its modular sand washing plant to ASCO, Antrim Hills Water is exporting its Water Within to Dubai, Mackle Petfoods is selling its petfood in the Netherlands, Plotbox has just signed its largest contract in the US to provide its online Cemetery Management System and Cunningham Covers recently secured a £700,000 contract in Great Britain.

Invest NI export support

Invest NI also has a full range of measures to help local companies increase their sales abroad through a comprehensive programme of trade missions and exhibitions each year. There is also a wealth of information available to you on our website – nibusinessinfo.co.uk.