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Chamber rallies firms with the urge to succeed

By Staff Reporter

Private sector companies will be helping other firms to maximise their growth and export opportunities as part of a new programme.

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and energy firm Power NI have launched Learn Grow Excel, a new range of services to support companies and encourage export activity.

Businesses who take part will be able to meet potential buyers and learn from others who have already achieved export success, as well as taking part in market trade visits and an export-led conference in Belfast next year.

The programme has been set up in response to the Department for the Economy's Export Matters action plan, which has a target of increasing the value of external sales by a third by 2020 and 80% by 2023.

Chamber president Nick Coburn said: "Whether companies are in the early stages of growth, starting out in new markets, or interested in scaling-up and expanding into additional export markets, the portfolio of programmes has something for every level of business."

He added: "The only prerequisites are the potential and commitment of businesses to grow in exports and a determination to succeed."

The initiative is supported by Bank of Ireland UK, Danske Bank, First Trust Bank, HSBC, Ulster Bank and Ulster Carpets.

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