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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster pictured at the annual Northern Ireland – Netherlands Trade and Export Society dinner in Belfast. Also in the photograph are (from left): Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pim Waldeck, Colin Reid, Chief Executive, TotalMobile and Hans van der Last, Aenova Managing Director.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that TotalMobile in Antrim has won new export business in the Netherlands.
Minister Foster, speaking at the annual Northern Ireland – Netherlands Trade and Export Society dinner in Belfast, said TotalMobile has signed a deal with Aenova BV, a leading software company based in Delft.
The Minister said: “This is a significant export development for TotalMobile in the Netherlands and will further strengthen the strong and impressive business collaborations now developing between companies.
“This is another success from Invest NI’s excellent ‘Going Dutch’ initiative which has enabled many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) here to access the Dutch market. This new partnership will enable TotalMobile, among our most successful export-led IT companies, to benefit from Aenova’s knowledge and contacts there and further afield.
“Going Dutch and the contacts that it has fostered through associated activities including the NI-NL Trade and Export Society have led to a 20% growth on our exports to the Netherlands. It has also helped Northern Ireland and Dutch companies to build mutually beneficial business relationships. Such successful trade initiatives will help us to achieve the 15% growth in exports set as one of the key targets in our draft Programme for Government.”
Colin Reid, TotalMobile Managing Director, commenting on the company’s latest export contract, said: “The agreement with Aenova is the outcome of research by us to identify a suitable partner in a market that we believe offers substantial potential for our specialist software for businesses and public sector bodies that use mobile technology. Our software helps industry, government, and their agencies, to streamline workflow, maximize productivity and reduce their operational costs.
“Aenova is an ideal fit for us because of the company’s vast experience in Time Resource Management software and its excellent customer base such as local government and Utilities, such as water companies. Aenova will integrate our software within its solutions and also market it as a standalone product and market it to existing and new customers. The partnerships will also allow us to target new opportunities in Healthcare.
“Invest NI’s Going Dutch programme was extremely important in terms of the advice and guidance about doing business in the Netherlands and in helping us to find the right partner there in our business sector,” he added.
Hans van der Last, Aenova Managing Director, said: “We are looking forward to working with TotalMobile, our new technology partner in Northern Ireland, to develop business throughout the Netherlands. The agreement enables us to extend our own portfolio and to offer existing and potential customers a wider software solution that will enable them to increase productivity and competitiveness.”