Join our planned five day Trade Mission to the Benelux. The mission will be based in Amsterdam and Antwerp, however travel to other parts of the region may be necessary for meetings.
This multi sector trade mission will present NI Companies with the opportunity to expand into a new market, grow existing business relationships and support customers. Find out if your company is eligible by clicking on the apply now section below.
Applications have closed.
We will update this page shortly with details of the companies attending.
The Benelux is a highly developed and densely populated region incorporating three countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg with over 28 million inhabitants), at the heart of Europe.
The Netherlands is the most populous of the three countries, with almost 17 million inhabitants, followed by Belgium with 11 million of which the majority is based in the Dutch speaking region of Flanders. Luxembourg has a population of 576,249.
The Benelux is a key market for NI exporters, including those new to European export with high consumer spend, excellent infrastructure, compact logistics and direct flights.
The Benelux enjoys historically strong trade relations with the UK, in particular Northern Ireland and English is widely spoken as a business language. The region is in close connection with the other European countries, with access to a market of almost 80 million within 300km, making it an ideal strategic Gateway into continental Europe.
Despite being a hub for EMEA Headquarters of multinational corporations the vast majority of companies (98%) are SMEs by definition who value Northern Ireland quality, reliability, flexibility, and no-nonsense business mentality.
Companies from Northern Ireland already export around £215 million of goods and services to the Benelux and the Invest NI 2017 Trade Mission represents an excellent opportunity for companies wanting to develop business in this region.
Working with our Trade Advisers in-market, we can provide market research and provide participants with planned meetings to introduce their products and services to key players in the markets. The cost of this service is heavily subsidised by Invest NI and would be £700 +VAT.
In addition, our trade advisor for the region will be in Belfast on the 14-15 June, should you wish to arrange a 1:1 meeting. Please contact Sandra Kelly, on 028 9069 8045, or by email at email@example.com to confirm your interest.
* Contribution towards airfares and accommodation is for one participant per company only
Companies who have exceeded their De Minimis aid limit will be unable to claim assistance towards travel, accommodation and in-market support for this mission. The maximum De Minimis aid any single recipient can receive is €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a 3 year fiscal period.
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