If you are a micro-enterprise interested in developing cross-border trade and linkages or if you would you like to participate in a programme of support, providing opportunities to explore new markets and products the the Tradelinks programme could be for you.
The Special EU Programmes Body is the Managing Authority for the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme.
In the last 3 years 34 Louth based companies have taken part in the Tradelinks programme including Aruna Sauces from Ardee.
With the help of experts, they conducted market research into the UK market and prepared a market entry plan for Northern Ireland.
As a result of contacts made through Tradelinks, Aruna is now distributed to 100 stores in NI by LMI Foods and their next step is to export to the UK.
Tradelinks is a business development programme, delivered by Enterprise NI and its network of Local Enterprise Agencies and the Border County Enterprise Boards.
It is designed to assist the micro-enterprise sector across Northern Ireland and the Border counties of Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal in developing their ability to undertake or expand their cross-border trade.
Companies who take part in the Tradelinks programme can also avail of various support such as development of a business assessment and business improvement plan, development of a market entry plan for the Northern Irish market specifically for your company, one to one mentoring for your company on a wide range of subject areas, an opportunity to form cross-border linkages with similar micro-enterprises and various networking opportunities with other businesses throughout Northern Ireland and the six border counties.
If your company has between 1-10 employees or is a small owner-managed business and you are interested in finding out more about the Tradelinks programme in Louth then please contact Sarah Mallon at Louth County Enterprise Board on 042 9327099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.