Businesses from Leitrim encouraged to tap into €1bn cross border market

InterTrade Ireland provides sales development support for small businesses

InterTrade Ireland provides sales development support for small businesses

InterTradeIreland Director Margaret Hearty today encouraged local companies from Leitrim to apply for funding specifically designed for small and micro businesses through InterTradeIrelands Acumen and Elevate programmes. The initiatives, which are being rolled out across the island provide financial assistance to encourage small firms to take part and increase their cross-border trade.

Elevate is aimed specifically at micro businesses who want to explore cross border export opportunities and increase their sales. Elevate, is fully funded by InterTradeIreland and provides eligible companies with access to approved industry advisors to help them develop a winning sales plan for their business.

Acumen aims to help small businesses across the island to expand into their respective cross-border markets and develop their export potential by offering funding up to €18k. Acumen offers four main business support options including market research, part-time and full-time salesperson support and a graduate sales programme.

The Cross-Border market, South to North, is worth approximately €1bn per year, however currently just one in fiveIrish firms are taking advantage of the business opportunity in the North.

InterTradeIreland Director of Programmes and Business Services, Margaret Hearty explained: “The cross border market is the perfect fit for SMEs looking to export for the first time and offers a tremendous opportunity for businesses to increase their sales and win new business. InterTradeIreland can help local SMEs to take the first step in uncovering these cross border opportunities by providing practical business advice, information and funding and we are keen to support more firms in County Leitrim.”

Margaret continued: “To date, more than 19,000 businesses have accessed InterTradeIrelands information and services with more than 2,400 firms taking part on our cross-border programmes. As a result, over €750m worth of trade and business development value has been generated and over 1,300 jobs have been created. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage local companies to seek support from InterTradeIreland to help them access and benefit from cross-border business opportunities.”

Companies interested in finding out more information about InterTradeIrelands Acumen and Elevate sales programmes and the range of other business programmes and services should visit www.intertradeireland.comor call 028 3083 4110(048 from Ireland).