Belfast Telegraph

Invest NI launches European trade trip

By Margaret Canning

From fish and beer to male grooming products, a range of Northern Ireland produce will be showcased in Europe this week as 14 companies take part in a trade mission.

Invest NI is accompanying 14 companies on the European tours. Eight have packed their bags for Romania and Bulgaria and another six firms are off to The Netherlands.

For most, it is their first foray into European markets.

The group seeking business in Romania and Bulgaria includes six companies already operating in other international markets — generator firm AJ Power in Craigavon, healthcare company CIGA from Ballymena, Belfast agri-technology firm Devenish Nutrition, IT specialists Mallon Technology |from Cookstown, North West Academy of English in Londonderry and Rooney Fish, Kilkeel.

The mission to The Netherlands includes three companies with export experience — Belfast software firm Etain, Kitchenmaster from Carryduff and containers company Unicorn, Lisburn. Grooming products and hair salon Jason Shankey, Belfast, Mourne Country Meats, Warrenpoint and Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, are all potential first-time exporters.

Invest NI’s trade support consultancy will help the companies set up meetings with potential customers. Invest NI trade director Dr Vicky Kell said: “Our missions to Europe and elsewhere in the world continue to attract new companies from a broad range of sectors.

“Over the past two years, we’ve also seen many of these newcomers to exporting, as well as established exporters, secure worthwhile business that has encouraged them to look at other opportunities abroad.

“There are excellent opportunities in global markets for companies of all sizes and sectors provided they really want to grow their business and are prepared to invest the time.

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