Companies Offered Passport to Export

Oct 13, 2004

Passport to EXPORT, an innovative portfolio of trade services geared to meet the different needs of experienced exporters and of companies seeking their first overseas sales, was announced today by Leslie Morrison, Invest Northern Ireland chief executive.
2/3/2004

Passport to EXPORT, an innovative portfolio of trade services geared to meet the different needs of experienced exporters and of companies seeking their first overseas sales, was announced today by Leslie Morrison, Invest Northern Ireland chief executive.

Mr Morrison launched the new approach which has been developed in consultation with local exporters and business bodies at an event in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, attended by over 100 representatives from Northern Ireland companies including economic development staff from local authorities.

Details of Invest NI’s programme of market visits for April 2004 to March 2005, which covers more than 50 separate events, including 12 trade missions and participation in a series of international exhibitions, were also announced at the briefing. It is the most comprehensive sectorally focused programme developed by Invest NI.

Passport to EXPORT, developed to accelerate the growth in overseas sales, provides tailored services to:

- established exporters; and
- newcomers to international business.

Included in the portfolio is a financial package that has been developed to underpin the Passport to EXPORT services. Eligible companies will be assisted with the costs of approved activity such as entering new markets or launching a new product or service in new or existing markets.

Visiting the market is a key factor in successful exporting. It is one of the most effective ways for companies, especially for SME’s to test markets, meet customers, identify potential partners and make sales. In the last quarter of 2003, Northern Ireland companies taking part in trade events achieved export business in excess of £12 million.

Said Mr Morrison: “Passport to EXPORT is part of our Business Development Solutions which offers local companies expert services that can be adapted to meet their needs and growth aspirations.

Our focus is on providing practical and flexible support that will enable companies to grow the profits that will encourage investment and expansion. Profits drive economic growth.

By initiatives such as Passport to EXPORT we want to help develop many more export leaders; great companies able to compete with the best in the world in innovative products, services and enterprise.

When our companies succeed, Northern Ireland reaps tangible benefits, such as increased community wealth; greater productivity; a stronger and more diversified economy; technological progress; and, of course, more employment opportunities,” added Mr Morrison.

Welcoming the new approach, Dr Diljit Rana, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry incoming President, said: “I believe that we have companies in Northern Ireland with immense potential in world markets. We must continue to work closely together to help them realise this potential for their benefit and ultimately for the economic wealth and well being of Northern Ireland, an objective shared by the Chamber and Invest Northern Ireland.
I would urge companies to make full use of Invest NI’s market visit programme. I have been involved with a number of trade missions and have seen at first hand how valuable they can be for companies seeking to expand their business in overseas markets.”


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