Fifteen seek business in Nordic Region

Fifteen local companies are travelling to Oslo today in advance of an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to Norway and Denmark, from 20-25 April.

The group, which includes seven companies taking part in their first Invest NI trade mission, will be in Norway until Wednesday and will then travel to Copenhagen to explore business opportunities throughout Denmark.

The mission follows a workshop on business in the Nordic region organised by Invest NI in Belfast earlier in the year. Taking part in the workshop were business experts from both markets. They also provided one-to-one advice and guidance to local companies interested in both markets.

The mission newcomers are: CK International, Toomebridge; Environmental Street Furniture, Newtownabbey; Gametheworld, Bangor; Millar Savoury Foods, Eglinton; O’Neill’s Irish International Sports, Strabane; and Willis Renewable Energy Systems, Bangor.

Willis is using the mission to launch its award winning ‘Solarsyphon’ device for retro-fitting boilers for existing solar water heating systems.

Several of the companies already have business in the Nordic region and are seeking to increase market share. They include John England (Textiles) of Belfast, a supplier of Irish linens and home furnishing fabrics; and Target Dry, also Belfast, which supplies waterproof clothing.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Trade Director, commenting on the mission, says: “Norway and Denmark tend to be good markets for our companies because both have particularly close business and other links with the UK. Both are affluent markets in which businesses and consumers look for, and are prepared to pay a premium for, quality products and services.

“Norway’s economic strength, of course, owes much to its position as the world’s fifth biggest oil producer. Our companies will also be helped by the wide knowledge of English in both Norway and Denmark

“It’s particularly encouraging to see a strong group of companies taking part in their first Invest NI mission. Smaller companies in particular are increasingly recognising that our mission programme offers extensive opportunities to market test their product or service very cost-effectively.

“Another important aspect of an Invest NI mission is the opportunity it provides to inexperienced exporters to gain knowledge, experience and confidence from companies already doing business in the market.

“The participants on this mission to the Nordic region offer a very broad range of products and services including food processing, textiles and clothing, software, engineering, life sciences and consumer goods,” Mr Hingston adds.

Northern Ireland Companies Visiting Norway and Denmark from 20-25 April

BASE, Dundonald – high value engineering services including the design and stress analysis of aircraft

Bio-Kinetic Europe, Belfast – clinical testing services

CIGA Healthcare, Ballymena – diagnostic test products

CK International, Dungannon – balers and compactors

Environmental Street Furniture, Newtownabbey – street furniture

Gametheworld, Bangor – computer games

John England Textiles, Belfast – Irish linen and furnishing fabrics

McCauley Trailers, Toomebridge – lowloaders, flat beds and dump trailers

Millar Savoury Foods, Eglinton – snack foods

O’Neill’s Irish International Sports, Strabane – sports and leisurewear

Target Dry, Belfast – waterproof clothing

Thomas Ferguson, Banbridge – table linen, bed linen and home accessories

Tomcat Systems, Belfast – cardiac software

Typerite, Warrenpoint – printer cartridges and fax ribbons

Willis Renewable Energy Systems, Belfast – renewable energy products including ‘Solarsyphon’

William Clark and Sons, Maghera – linen, soft furnishings and finishing services