Going Dutch

Going Dutch is a dedicated export development programme, designed to help Northern Ireland companies who have limited export experience outside of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, focusing on winning business in The Netherlands.

Going Dutch is a dedicated export development programme, designed to help Northern Ireland companies who have limited export experience outside of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, focusing on winning business in The Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a good starter market for new and inexperienced exporters due to its proximity, relative ease of access, openness of trading culture and widespread acceptance of English as a business language.

By participating in the programme you will have the opportunity to develop the skills required for successful exporting, increase your export knowledge and to achieve your first international sales.

What you will get:

  • 1:1 Consultancy support from a specialist Trade Advisor based in Amsterdam
  • Individual tailored market research
  • Group workshops to address common export issues
  • Development of individual export sales presentation
  • An initial three-day Group market visit to the Netherlands involving qualified meetings with potential customers or partners
  • Guidance on a follow-up action plan on how to develop the opportunities
  • Up to five further Invest NI supported individual follow-up visits to The Netherlands to develop sales/partners

Companies Participating

The following 6 companies are currently participating on the Going Dutch programme. The group will visit the Netherlands from 9th – 12th March 2020, based in Amsterdam and travelling throughout the country for a series of pre-qualifed meetings with potential Dutch customers or partners.

  • Mackle Snacks

    Mackle Snacks, established in 2005, is a premium, private-label extrusion manufacturer that has gained a respected and trusted reputation within the snacking and extrusion industry. When it comes to puffed snacks for baby and toddlers, it is a specialist and has over 7 years experience manufacturing to European, USA, Chinese and Australian baby food legislation.

  • Kinsetsu

    Kinsetsu helps organisations maximise asset utilisation with real-time visualisation. Using intelligent sensors, the company creates a unique digital identity for each physical asset, enabling associated tasks to be automated. This significantly reduces the time to task-completion, improves staff and service utilisation whilst lowering risk and ensuring compliance in complex daily operations.

  • BLK Box Fitness

    BLK BOX’s mission is simple – To improve athletes through better training and equipment. BLK BOX is proud to stand as one of few companies in Europe capable of providing complete turnkey fitness solutions. The company operates from its 20,000sq ft headquarters, in the heart of Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

  • Kestrel Foods

    Kestrel Foods, are innovative specialists in dried fruit & nut snacking. Our brands, Forest Feast & Acti Snack, are well established throughout the UK & Ireland with an international presence in over 25 markets supplying products such as dried fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses, toppers and granola in a world class manufacturing environment.

  • Modern Democracy

    Modern Polling brings the perfect balance of technology and people to the polling station. Voter check-in is a seamless digital process that produces 100% accurate reporting. The secure platform is compatible with all Election Management Systems, and the paperless technology provides real time analytics on Election Day.
  • Overlander

    Overlander Vehicles is a leading manufacturer of specialist vehicles with an unrelenting drive to design and build a new standard of equestrian, commercial and leisure transport. 

    Built through a combination of market leading engineering, advanced materials and design innovation, Overlander surpasses expectations to create products which truly are Built Beyond.

    Our flagship product, the 2-STALL R160 Horsebox has been designed from the ground up by our experienced team of engineers. After 5 years of R&D, with personal advice from industry experts, the R160 was created with the true professional in mind.

Watch our videos and hear from Steven Murnaghan, Managing Consultant at NI Trade Consultants in the Netherlands and James Scott, Director of The AppBuilder a company who has participated in our Going Dutch programme.

For further information on the Going Dutch programme contact Sandra Kelly, programme manager.

* Please note that this programme is for Invest NI customers only and some criteria will apply.