Think Ahead - Plan for continued success

Think ahead

The next few years will present both opportunity and challenge.

Businesses that prepare now will have the best chance of continued success. This is a time to take stock of where your business is, consider all the options and plan ahead. We can help your business become fighting fit and ready for the challenges and opportunities to come. And we can help you prepare, or continue, to trade in whichever market best fits your product or service.

 

Setting Business Direction

Taking stock

Taking stock

Planning for the future

Planning for the future

Developing the right skills

Developing the right skills

Increasing business productivity

Increasing business productivity

Taking stock

Use our free online tool to assess your business performance.

The following guides will help you decide how to grow your business, measure performance and set targets:

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Planning for the future

We can help you develop a sound business strategy and devise an export strategy to explore new markets.

Our guides will help you grow your business by planning and managing your growth and exploring different strategies for growth.

Use our free online tools to identify the right areas of your business to focus on:

 

Learn to manage your cashflow more effectively with our cashflow management tutorial.

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Developing the right skills

Our skills and development guides offer you comprehensive advice and information on skills, training and leadership development.

Find out about the broad range of training and development programmes available to your business.

We can give you HR advice on a range of issues and help to transform the leadership and management skills of your staff through our bespoke learning solutions.

Our export skills workshops will help your staff to develop their exporting skills and update their knowledge of best practice in this area.

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Increasing business productivity

We can help you increase business productivity by identifying weaknesses and making changes to operational efficiency.

We provide tailored advice and training on how to manage business energy and waste and run workshops across Northern Ireland on energy and resource efficiency initiatives.

Our technical experts will guide you through it all with specialist support for engineering, manufacturing, product, process, environmental, and health and safety issues.

Our guide to increasing efficiency to maximise your profit outlines what you should consider in order to increase efficiency in your operations and reduce costs.

Learn to apply lean thinking to your business and improve quality, efficiency and staff morale with our lean thinking tutorial.

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Lean Thinking

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Commercial Contracts

It's important to know about buyer and seller responsibilities when trading outside the UK. Here is some information that will help you to get grips with the small print.

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Market research

Access support for carrying out export research and increase your chances of selling successfully into markets outside Northern Ireland.

Our guide on market research and market reports will help you understand customers better and use field research to fill in the gaps.

The Business Information Centre at our Belfast headquarters, can help you research competitors and markets.

Our Trade Advisors based around the world can help you carry out in-market research and offer expert, practical guidance on how to break into overseas markets.

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Export Start Guide

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Getting ready to export

The following guides will give the information and advice you need to take your first steps into exporting:

 

Our Get Export Ready tool will help you identify the steps needed to succeed in export markets and find the right support to bring your product or service to market.

We can also help you develop an export strategy, update the knowledge and skills of your staff through our export skills workshops, and break into new markets with our Export Events Programme.

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Export finance

Trading outside the UK presents financial considerations that businesses need to address. Get up to speed with export finance with the advice and information we can give you.

 

When selling internationally there are different VAT rules depending on whether you are buying or selling goods or services within or outside the EU. Our VAT Rules When Selling Internationally tool enables you to determine the VAT rules depending on your circumstances.

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Managing currency risk

If you regularly deal with customers who are based outside of the UK, our Foreign Currency and Exchange Risks guide explains how to price goods or services, how to combat the risk of exchange rate changes and the practicalities of dealing in foreign currencies.

The Managing Your Euro Currency Risk factsheet will tell you the ways you can counter your exposure to exchange rate risk.

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Selling to Great Britain

The easiest place to start your export journey is within the UK. Many Northern Ireland businesses have built strong presences in other parts of Great Britain, some even setting up local operations to supply regional customers. Our Exporting to Great Britain guide looks at the key issues you need to consider to help you make the most of your opportunity to sell across Great Britain.

The UK Trade Tariff is an easy-to-use online tool which gives you free, access to current trading information on taxes and levies, rebates, preferences, restrictions and other information supplied by HM Revenue & Customs on all imports to and exports from the European Union.

Our Solex programme provides assistance to eligible companies to exhibit independently at an approved trade show outside Northern Ireland where Invest NI does not have a presence.

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Selling to the Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is one of Northern Ireland’s biggest export markets. Find out all you need to know to start exporting there.

 

Our Solex programme provides assistance to eligible companies to exhibit independently at an approved trade show outside Northern Ireland where Invest NI does not have a presence.

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Selling to the EU

Proximity to Europe and the size of the EU market will remain very important reasons to continue to trade with Europe. Get to know the current trading environment and check back for updates.

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