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An insight in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s growing mining and recycling industry

This feature will provide an insight into Saudi Arabia’s growing mining and recycling industry, and the opportunities it presents for Northern Ireland businesses from the Materials Handlings sector.

New Energy Efficiency Capital Grant to help businesses benefit from long term cost savings and carbon savings

Open for applications from today, the new COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant (EECG) will support businesses to implement energy efficiency initiatives that will help to build resilience, deliver savings and help our environment.

Spotlight on Singapore: Promoting Northern Ireland Tech in Singapore

SWITCH 2020, organised by Enterprise Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore will be the world’s first round-the-clock, hybrid digital and physical event from 7-11 December. Invest Northern Ireland is offering companies the opportunity to register their interest in participating in the virtual event. Places are limited and we will allocate passes on a first-come basis.

Preparing for EU Exit: Trade Agreement Continuity

Trade agreements set out preferential rules that cover trade between two or more countries. They aim to make trading easier between those countries by reducing barriers on imports and exports of goods and services.

Upscaling potential of Northern Ireland start-ups

Northern Ireland’s tech start-up sector has seen significant growth in recent years, particularly in the fields of Fintech, cyber security, health tech and more. We recognise the importance of maximising and supporting this growth so that start-ups can rapidly scale in global markets. In light of COVID-19, this is particularly important.

Preparing for EU Exit: Data Protection

The end of the EU Exit transition period, which is just a few months away, will bring specific implications for transfers of personal data between the EU and UK.

Preparing for the EU Exit: Trading Services

Leaving the EU Single Market means that there will be changes in how cross border trade in services will be conducted. The issues for services trade have not had as much focus as goods trade. In this feature, we highlight some of the common issues which services businesses need to consider and act upon in the weeks ahead.

New £2m scheme launched to help SMEs develop business recovery plans

The £2m COVID-19 Business & Financial Planning Grant will support micro and SME businesses to engage an experienced consultant to carry out a review and health check of the business and develop a strategic recovery plan with financial forecasts.

China leads the way with green shoots of economic recovery

Recognised as the second largest economy worldwide, China is one of the first countries to begin its economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting significant export opportunities for both small and medium sized enterprises (SME) and large businesses from Northern Ireland.

Preparing for EU Exit: The EU Settlement Scheme and preparing for the post-Brexit immigration system

The UK's immigration system is changing – from 1 January 2021 an entirely new immigration regime will come into effect.

2020 – A year of change for NI businesses

In the 2020 edition of the Belfast Telegraphs "Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies" Kevin Holland comments on how 2020 has been a year of change for NI businesses.

Why exporting will play an important role in rebuilding our economy post COVID

Despite the impact of COVID-19 on global markets, we have started planning and laying the foundations for our recovery, with exporting set to play an important role.

Preparing for EU Exit – Trading Goods

The trading environment for many NI businesses will change from 1 January 2021 as a result of the end of the EU Exit transition period. Whilst many points of detail have still to be confirmed, a clearer picture is starting to emerge.

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) works with Walled City Brewery to help grow its business

Having met at a matchmaking event, organized as part of the Food Business Summit and Interreg-funded NICHE project, two breweries (one from Finland and one from Northern Ireland) have been working together to produce original and innovative beer recipes.

Singapore: A case study on First Derivatives

This feature is the fourth in our ‘Spotlight on Singapore’ series of collaborative articles providing insights into the dynamics of the region and potential opportunities for Northern Ireland businesses in Singapore; a gateway location to Asia.

Northern Ireland’s SMEs supported with £5m equity fund

SMEs across Northern Ireland, particularly early stage high-potential start-ups, have seen their daily businesses interrupted and have felt the impact of reduced funding options available to them at this time. To help resolve this, we have introduced a new COVID-19 Equity Investment Fund (CEIF) as part of our Access to Finance portfolio.

New Digital Selling grant to help retailers and wholesalers generate business online

Open for applications from today (9 September 2020) the new COVID-19 Digital Selling Capability Grant is specifically aimed at helping retail and wholesale businesses grow online sales

CEO Speech at NI Executive Press Conference 08 September 2020

Below is the speech given by our CEO, Kevin Holland, at the NI Executive Press Conference.

Queen’s Awards recognises NI’s business excellence

This year, I had the opportunity to sit on the panel for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Now in their 54th year, the Queen’s Awards are considered by many as the highest UK official award for businesses and are awarded for outstanding achievement in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Singapore: A global financial and FinTech hub of innovation

This feature is the third in our ‘Spotlight on Singapore’ series of collaborative articles providing insights into the dynamics of the region and potential opportunities for Northern Ireland businesses in Singapore; a gateway location to Asia.