Invest NI is proud to sponsor the Excellence in Exporting award at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards for the second consecutive year.
The award recognises the hard work and determination of a NI business on their exporting journey, whilst setting the benchmark for other soon-to-be exporters.
International market success can help build and sustain long-term growth for your business and Invest NI offers support to help companies maximise opportunities.
Over the past 12 months, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses across NI have shown resilience by adapting, changing and becoming more flexible in their approach to work, with many switching to remote solutions and delivering their regular business activities through virtual platforms.
While certain regions were previously perceived as 'inaccessible' to some SMEs, the introduction of online meetings and an increase in the use of e-commerce platforms has allowed businesses to engage more easily with previously unreachable markets.
As the impact of the pandemic continues to disrupt all aspects of business, many NI companies are actively exploring new market opportunities, be they in Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, mainland Europe or further afield, in order to achieve new sales, reduce costs and help spread business risk.
Invest NI works with businesses across many sectors who have shown initiative in evolving their export strategies to boost international growth. Selling outside NI can transform your business. Exporting offers the opportunity for companies to maximise sales potential, develop new revenue streams and increase profitability. Selling products and services into new overseas markets reduces the dependency on, and vulnerability to fluctuations within, one single marketplace, and can nurture innovation as businesses develop to meet the demands of new partners in different locations.
Trading internationally clearly presents many benefits for companies. There are also challenges to overcome, so preparation is essential. If you are contemplating exporting for the first time, or seeking opportunities in new markets, Invest NI can help.
Its services include support to conduct market research and identify new market opportunities, tailored export workshops and programmes providing valuable and practical insights and advice and guidance from trade experts and experienced exporters.
Invest NI also has an international network of experienced trade advisors in NI and in 24 locations around the world who can provide local businesses with a wealth of marketplace knowledge, advice and access to key contacts to assist you in selling overseas.
If you're interested in selling outside NI, visit investni.com for further information on how we can help, or call our Business Support Team on 0800 181 4422.
To enter the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, go to www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/businessawards/enter