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Investing in SME Innovation

COVID-19 has brought many challenges, but there are also opportunities and some Northern Ireland SME businesses are looking to take advantage of this.

Innovation in the face of COVID-19

In the rapidly changing business environment caused by COVID-19, companies all across Northern Ireland are asking themselves what they need to do to gain an advantage in the marketplace in order to compete and win new business. With this in mind, now more than ever companies are seeking to innovate.

Singapore: your gateway to Asia

In recent months, much of the world has had travel and business restrictions in place in the fight against COVID-19.  Countries in Asia were among the first to go into lockdown, and are now amongst the first to emerge. As the restrictions ease and Asia moves to a ‘new-normal’ there are business opportunities for Northern Ireland companies to expand in the region.

Make savings through energy and resource efficiencies

The immediate global impact of COVID-19 on businesses has been huge, both financially and operationally. It has caused disruptions to global and local supply chains, including the supply of essential raw materials and energy. 

Supporting business growth and investment across Northern Ireland

In this feature we look at the activity we undertook during 2019/2020 to support business growth, future investment and job creation across Northern Ireland. This activity will drive our outcome performance in future years.

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on our sectors

The sudden contraction of export markets, loss of supply chain and government decisions to lockdown whole countries and close all but essential businesses has sent shockwaves through economies right around the globe as COVID-19 has moved from continent to continent.

Latest results show good progress towards 2017-21 Business Strategy Targets, with final year now subject to COVID-19 impact

Each year we report our end of year performances figures, highlighting in particular our progress against our 4 year Business Strategy targets which were set as part of the draft Programme for Government.

Rising to the COVID-19 challenge (Part 2)

In the previous feature (Part 1) we looked at how Northern Ireland businesses such as Armstrong Medical, Bloc Blinds, and O’Neills are rising to the challenge of COVID-19. In Part two we continue to look at businesses that are ramping up production to meet demand, using existing expertise to develop COVID-19 tests and those businesses who are collaborating to develop products that are helping to save lives.

Rising to the COVID-19 challenge

In the first of a two-part feature, we look at how NI companies are taking huge steps to help the fight against COVID-19.

Invest NI Chair, Rose Mary Stalker, charts future plans

In the January/February 2020 edition of Business Eye, Rose Mary Stalker is clear about her short-term priorities as the new Chair at Invest Northern Ireland.

Supporting the growth of NI's food and drink sector

John Hood, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of Food & Drink reflects on a challenging year for businesses and provides a flavour of how the agency will continue to support the sector in 2020.

Rethinking Africa | Exploring export opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa is one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world. Consumer expenditure on the continent has grown at a compound annual rate of 3.9 percent since 2010 and reached $1.4 trillion in 2015. This figure is expected to reach $2.1 trillion by 2025.

Expo 2020 Dubai | Opportunities for experienced luxury companies

Expo 2020 Dubai is seeking experienced luxury companies to design, create and distribute distinct Expo 2020 products. The products will be inspired by Dubai as a modern, inspirational city as well as a destination for luxury and elegance.

Expo 2020 Dubai | Showcase your exhibition content to millions at the UK Pavilion

The UAE is hosting the World Expo in 2020 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” from October 2020 to April 2021. There is currently potential opportunities for businesses to feature in the UK pavilion exhibition.

Graduate to Export | Graduates on track for success

The Graduate to Export programme for international marketing students was recently launched. The programme allows Northern Ireland companies to enhance their export capability with a graduate assisting them with a market research project. As part of the programme we will be following the stories of three of the graduates to get an insight into their experiences.

Graduate to Export | Launch of inaugural International Marketing Executive programme

After a competitive selection process, 10 local businesses have been chosen to participate on Invest Northern Ireland’s Graduate to Export Programme commencing in October 2019.

The Road to IPO

In March of this year, Diaceutics became the fourth company from Northern Ireland to float on the London Stock Exchange, a listing that has seen the number of Northern Ireland publicly listed companies double in just two years. To encourage and inspire other highly ambitious NI companies to consider an Initial Public Offering (IPO) or stock market launch as part of their growth strategy we hosted ‘The Road to IPO’ event in the Europa Hotel last week, and what a fantastic morning it was.

Access to finance | Funding options for successful growth

It was standing room only at a recent Access to Finance event which we hosted alongside InterTradeIreland and British Business Bank. Over 240 businesses, funders and advisors packed the room at Titanic Belfast.

Historic return of the Open Championship puts Northern Ireland on the podium

After the success of hosting the biggest sporting event Northern Ireland has ever seen, we’re launching a new blog series that will explore our links to sport – both on and off the field – and how our heritage for innovation is shaping this industry, and others, the world over.

Northern Ireland | Defence and Security

Northern Ireland is competing at highest levels in the cyber security industry; it is already known as the top UK location for cyber security inward investment from the US and is home to the UK’s largest cyber security research centre (the Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen’s University Belfast).