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InterTradeIreland needs you...
PR tips for small businesses
Local Government tender event a huge success
Innovation workshops, audits and one to one mentoring for SMEs
Potential Impact of WTO Tariffs on Cross-Border Trade - report
Horizon 2020 Bio Based Industries event - presentations now available
4BEAUTY Group attains certification in innovation
Business Planning workshops - Various dates and locations
Brexit Readiness Events - various dates & Locations
11 Corporate Habits That Kill Your Company’s Innovation Engine
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InterTradeIreland needs you...
 

If you’re a company or individual that could help other businesses navigate their way through Brexit, then you should consider joining InterTradeIreland’s panel of professional advisers.

InterTradeIreland is offering funding up to  £2000/€2000to help SMEs secure advice on issues such as movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.

 

We are currently seeking to expand and strengthen the panel of approved professionals  able to undertake consultancy as part of the scheme. The following areas of expertise are among the areas being sought: legal; tax; customs; procurement; international trade agreements; and cross-border labour mobility. 

 
To become an approved adviser able to deliver expert help to SMEs on Brexit related issues then please visit our website, fill out and return the application form. 

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Business Blog
PR tips for small businesses
 

PR isn’t just for big, global firms; it’s for everyone, from micro-companies to international organisations: though, of course, budgets won’t be quite the same.

That doesn’t mean smaller firms should sit back and wait for the money to be rolling in before undertaking PR – there are simple, effective measures you can take right now which can help to promote your brand and get your business in front of relevant audiences.

 

Bill Gates of Microsoft once famously said “if I was down to my last dollar I'd spend it on public relations,” which shows how important the strong narrative which PR can provide is.

In this month's blog Eimear Fitzpatrick , our Communications Manager shares some useful tips with you.

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Business Supports
Local Government tender event a huge success
 

Our SME tender event with Local Government suppliers held in Cookstown last month was a phenomenal success with over 400 attendees. So much so the Police were called in to help with traffic management on the way out!

At the event businesses  got the opportunity to meet procurement representatives face to face and to hear from them directly about their specific requirements and upcoming opportunities.
For those of you who could not make the event, all the presentations have been added to the website and the Supplier Directory is also available to download.

Download presentations and Directory here
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Innovation workshops, audits and one to one mentoring for SMEs
 
Are you a small business in manufacturing or tradable services and based in NI, the border counties of Ireland (Monaghan, Leitrim, Cavan, Louth, Sligo and Donegal) or Western Scotland then this may be of interest to you particularly if you are looking to :

  • Harness ideas to work smarter & boost your bottom-line?
  • Add value to your business?
  • Gain greater in-house skills?
  • Access Bespoke research & innovation expertise?
Check out the new innovation programme called Co-Innovate. Co-Innovate will give you the tools and support you need to help you innovate, differentiate and compete successfully.

Support provided will range from free workshops tailored to suit each individual business, to innovation audits and one-to- one expert mentoring.

So get in early and find out more...

Register for the programme
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Brexit
Potential Impact of WTO Tariffs on Cross-Border Trade - report
 
We have recently published a report examining the potential impact of trade between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britian in the case of the application of EU third-country tariffs (as registered with the WTO) being applied and an increase in non-tariff basrriers on goods trade.

The scenarios presented highlight the large variation in the product and sectoral exposure to changes in tariffs and nontariff barriers. 

The main findings of the scenario analysis include :
  • Products with the highest tariffs are mainly in the food, clothes and tobacco sectors.
  • WTO tariffs are levied on specific product lines and the variation across products can range from 0% to over 80%.
  • Applying the WTO tariff schedule to 2016 trade levels is estimated to have an effect on reducing cross-border trade by 9%
Read the full report here
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Also Interested
Horizon 2020 Bio Based Industries event - presentations now available
 
BBI event speakers 2017
BBI event speakers 2017
This event took place in UCD, Dublin on the 6th June and was opened by Triona McCormack, Director of Research at UCD and Karen McCallion, newly appointed Science and Technology Manager at InterTradeIreland. 

The presentations from the event are now available to download.

Horizon 2020 is of strategic importance to the Governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland so in recognition of the need to promote the Bio-Based Industries Public Private Partnership, InterTradeIreland, the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs Northern Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine Ireland and University College Dublin partnered to hold this all-island networking and information event on the 2017 Call for Proposals from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking.
View highlights and presentations here
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SME in focus
4BEAUTY Group attains certification in innovation
 

Based in Carryduff Belfast, 4Beauty Group is a leading manufacturer and exporter of beauty products to international markets.

Consumers access their brands through some of the world’s best known beauty retailers and thousands of professional beauty salons, each of whom are serviced by a large network of top flight distributors. Key accounts include Harvey Nichols, Brown Thomas and Boots.

4Beauty Group’s products have been recognised for their high quality and effectiveness by respected international consumer titles such as Cosmopolitan and Image magazines with high profile awards from 2010 to 2013.

Their brands include, He-Shi professional self tan for him and her, Lashaholic eyelash enhancements, Skinician Skincare and Tantastic self tanning range.

Their commitment to developing this success is through the extension and improvement of their current offer as well as breaking into new sectors and new product development. They recently received certification in innovation through our Challenge programme.

Find out more
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And Finally......
11 Corporate Habits That Kill Your Company’s Innovation Engine
An article via strategyzer.com
I came across this article on innovation by Alexander Osterwalder recently and thought I would share with you ...

''Big companies have great execution habits to manage and improve proven and successful business models and value propositions. But those execution habits can easily kill any potential new growth engines inside the corporation. In this post we break down the 11 corporate habits killing your company’s innovation engine. How are you avoiding them?
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