Thirty-five companies from across Northern Ireland have been recognised as InterTradeIreland Business Ambassadors at a special ceremony in Parliament Buildings hosted by Alastair Ross MLA, Assembly Private Secretary for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
InterTradeIreland has supported businesses from a diverse range of sectors right across Northern Ireland, in every county and constituency and we are extremely proud of their achievements. These firms represent many of Northern Ireland’s most resilient and ambitious SMEs that are a testament to what can be achieved through enterprise and innovation and as a body, we wanted to acknowledge and recognise their success. We hope that their achievements will inspire other businesses to seek the support needed to develop and take their own business to the next level.
Business Ambassadors have generated £15m+ to local economy
Every county and constituency across Northern Ireland was represented by the Ambassadors, who were nominated as companies that had successfully embraced innovation; developed new cross-border markets or secured venture capital with InterTradeIreland’s support. Representing the full spectrum of industries, the 35 companies between them have generated at least £15m in additional business value to the economy so far.
Job creation and investment for Co Londonderry firm
Companies that were commended at the event included Hutchinson Engineering from Co Londonderry, which through support from InterTradeIreland’s innovation programme – FUSION, was able to expand the range of services it offers to customers and introduce more efficient manufacturing techniques. As well as developing a new branded range of products from concept to finished product, the Fusion programme allowed the company to develop its engineering capabilities in both manufacturing and design, as well as improving efficiency and overall effectiveness. Through this growth, 27 jobs were created and the company secured investment worth £3.6m.
Cross-border sales increase for Belfast Business
The Web Bureau is an award-winning web design and digital marketing company based in Belfast, which has successfully delivered solutions to public and private organisations across the island. The firm used sales salary support from InterTradeIreland’s sales and marketing programme- Acumen to employ a full time sales person to target new clients in the southern market. As a result the company has been able to boost cross-border sales by approximately 14% and grow its team significantly.
Political support for InterTradeIreland programmes and innovation of local businesses
Speaking at the event, Alastair Ross MLA commented that it had been the drive, ambition and innovative nature of our entrepreneurs and businesses that has been integral to getting the local economy on the road to recovery. He noted that the trading environment over the last few years has not been easy so was particularly heartened by the success stories of these firms and their tenacity to push through this rough period into the positive business environment that is currently emerging.
He stated that to continue to grow our economy, we all must help more businesses to be export-led and internationally competitive and was encouraged by the contribution made by both InterTradeIreland and the companies at the event in striving to achieve this goal.
InterTradeIreland supports thousands of businesses, north and south
To date, more than 25,000 companies have benefited from InterTradeIreland’s information and advice and over 6,000 SMEs have taken part in the business support body’s trade and innovation programmes. As a result, in excess of £700 million worth of business value has been generated.
To find out more about InterTradeIreland’s programmes and how they could help your business, visit www.intertradeireland.com.