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Looking to secure investment in 2017 - we have a conference for that!
Developing a Culture of Innovation
Business Support Event for SMEs 25th January Dundalk
Do you need specific advice on Tariffs and Currency Management?
Looking for Sales Funding, Support and Advice?
Introducing our new Policy Research Manager - Kerry Curran
Q&A with Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse
19 Jan Equity Advisory Clinic - Belfast
25 Jan Introduction to Tendering Workshop - Wexford
Go 2 Tender workshops - Various dates and locations
Do you need a Virtual Assistant?
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Looking to secure investment in 2017 - we have a conference for that!
 

InterTradeIreland’s annual Venture Capital Conference returns to Dublin on the 8th March. The focus of this year's conference is securing investment. Speaking at the event will be Sean Mitchell,the founder of Movidius which was recently bought over by Intel.

The only Venture Capital Conference on the island it is a must for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, investors and anyone with an interest in venture capital.

Delegates will be able to get right up-to-date on the current investment scene on the island and will hear about the latest developments in crowd funding which now represents 14% of the venture capital market.

Last year’s conference was completely booked out so to avoid disappointment book early. Early Bird rate available until end of January!

Book now!
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Business Blog
Developing a Culture of Innovation
Blog by Iain Bruce, Consultant InterTradeIreland Challenge Programme
 
In this article Iain Bruce, one of InterTradeIreland's Challenge Consultants, explores how organisations can develop a true culture of innovation and the importance of innovation becoming core to everyone, everywhere, every day.

He reveals that 99% of managers understand the need for innovation, but they believe that it's not their job! He also concludes that great organisations have a proactive culture for innovation. 

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Business Supports
Business Support Event for SMEs 25th January Dundalk
 
Pic - Back row (l-r) Mary Meehan, CEO of Newry Chamber, Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise Louth Co. Enterprise Board, Paddy Savage, Operations Manager InterTradeIreland Front row (l-r) Michael Gaynor, President of Dundalk Chamber, Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber.
Pic - Back row (l-r) Mary Meehan, CEO of Newry Chamber, Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise Louth Co. Enterprise Board, Paddy Savage, Operations Manager InterTradeIreland Front row (l-r) Michael Gaynor, President of Dundalk Chamber, Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber.

Are you in business and want to know about the support you can obtain? What business grants you can apply for? Which funded programmes will help you grow your business?  Do you need to secure finance?  Thinking of entering new markets? Want to start your own business?  

If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions come to the Cross Border Business Support Expo taking place on Wednesday 25th January in the Carrickdale Hotel between 9am until 12pm. 

InterTradeIreland will be hosting a free seminar on Public Procurement between 12pm – 1pm for registered delegates.  

This event is open to all businesses in the Newry Dundalk region.  Entry is free of charge.  It will operate on a ‘business drop-in clinic’ format; whereby business representatives can call in to the event at any stage between the hours of 9am to 12pm on 25th January.

To register for the event or if you require further information, please call Mary Meehan in Newry Chamber on Tel: 028 30250303 or email mary@newry.com

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Do you need specific advice on Tariffs and Currency Management?
 
In light of the recent EU referendum result, did you know that our Trade Accelerator Voucher can also now be used to help your business get advice on specific issues such as Tariffs and Currency Management?

Our Trade Accelerator Voucher/Brexit Readiness Voucher worth up to £1000 (euro equivalent) plus VAT can help your business get advice from participating expert providers in Northern Ireland and Ireland and can be redeemed against the cost of practical advice and expertise. 

The application process is as simple as 1,2,3.
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Looking for Sales Funding, Support and Advice?
 

One of the biggest challenges currently facing small business owners is dealing with the decrease in demand in their home market.

Exporting is clearly one option, which can significantly help increase turnover and enhance business performance. For a first-time exporter, trading in Ireland or Northern Ireland is the perfect place to begin.

Northern Ireland holds many advantages for businesses based in Ireland (and vice-versa). It is geographically closer than our other European neighbours, and there are no language barriers. Cross-border trade is currently valued at €3.048bn – so substantial opportunities exist in both jurisdictions.

Whether your business trades in Northern Ireland or Ireland, you should know the full extent of the opportunities that exist right here on your doorstep, and that it is possible to build an export business without ever leaving the island.

InterTradeIreland offers a wide range of supports both financial and advisory - why not check them out today?
Supports available
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Policy & Research
Introducing our new Policy Research Manager - Kerry Curran
 
Kerry Curran, Policy Research Manager InterTradeireland
Kerry Curran, Policy Research Manager InterTradeireland

Kerry Curran has recently joined InterTradeIreland as the new Policy Research Manager. Kerry will work within the Strategy and Policy Department and will be focusing on research that aims to inform and enhance cross border co-operation in trade and business development.  

Kerry joins us from Queen’s University Belfast where she was the Research Policy Manager. Kerry has previously worked in policy roles for The Environment Agency (UK) and Renewable UK. She is currently a Board Member for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and a Committee Member for the Association of Research Managers and Administrators.

For policy research queries please contact Kerry directly on 028 3083 4165 or email kerry.curran@intertradeireland.com

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SME in focus
Q&A with Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse
An article by Kehlan Kirwan in The Irish Examiner
 
Kehlan Kirwan talks to Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse, an InterTradeIreland Business Ambassador, on her tips for producers seeking to promote Irish food around the world.

The Burren Smokehouse is a family-run business set up in 1989 by the owners Birgitta & Peter Curtin in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare. They believe in buying the best foods Ireland has to offer, as locally as possible.

They source exclusively Irish quality raw materials to produce a superb smoked organic salmon and other types of fish in their highly acclaimed, award-winning artisan smokehouse.

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And Finally......
Do you need a Virtual Assistant?
An article by Matt Mansfield, Tech Editor at Small Business Trends
 

No matter how small your business, it’s often impossible to do everything yourself. This is especially true in our age of “multi”:

  • Multi-channel marketing on social media, mobile devices, and the web;
  • Multi-channel, two-way communications via phones, texts, online forms, and social media, and;
  • Multi-income streams that utilize point-of-sales apps and devices, online ecommerce, and yes, even checks and cash.

With all this activity, it’s hard to focus on the most important aspect of your business: serving your clients and customers. How can you devote your energy to that service without dropping the ball on the other stuff? By hiring virtual assistants.

Find out why your business needs a virtual assistant
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