Trade Mission to Hungary and Slovakia

16 - 20 October 2017


Join our Trade Mission to Hungary and Slovakia. The five-day mission will be based in Budapest and Bratislava. This multi-sectoral mission will present NI companies with the opportunity to expand into a new market, grow existing business relationships and support customers. So if you’re interested in exporting to this region apply below to find out if your company is eligible.

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Closing date for applications is Monday 17 July 2017

About the Markets


Hungary is a strategic location in the heart of Europe, with an open economy and good infrastructure. The UK ranks as the fifth largest investor in the country, mainly for the retail, telecommunications and professional services sectors.

Benefits/Strengths for UK businesses exporting to Hungary include:

  • English accepted as a business language
  • western style business culture
  • over £28 billion European Union (EU) funding between 2014 and 2020
  • UK ‘brand’ viewed positively


Slovakia has enormous growth potential with its stable economic and political environment. It has a strategic geographical position within Europe, with a highly skilled and flexible labour workforce.

Benefits/Strengths for UK businesses exporting to Slovakia include:

  • English accepted as a business language
  • gateway to emerging markets of eastern Europe
  • one of a few countries in CEE to use the euro
  • direct international air services
  • strategic geographical position
  • excellent telecommunications infrastructure
  • high labour productivity with favourable labour costs

Export advice and guidance

Our Trade Team in Belfast will be on-hand with advice and guidance to help prepare for the mission. Working with our Trade Advisers in-market, we can provide tailored market research and arrange individual appointments for your company. The cost of this service is heavily subsidised by Invest NI. The cost to companies requiring market research for the mission will be £500 for companies visiting one location, and £750 for companies visiting two locations. These costs are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to access a new export market
  • Advice and support on doing business in Hungary and Slovakia by country experts
  • In-market support through the in-market trade advisers in Hungary and Slovakia
  • Direct insights into local market opportunities and conditions
  • Up to 50% contribution towards an economy airfare (capped amount) *
  • Up to £75 per night towards accommodation – maximum 5 nights *

* Contribution towards airfares and accommodation is for one participant per company only

Please Note - De Minimis Statement

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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