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2017
Seedcorn 2017 – Regional Winners Announced

Seedcorn 2017 – Regional Winners Announced

Seedcorn 2017 – Regional Winners Announced

The Finals of the All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2017, the island’s biggest business competition for new start and early stage companies in any sector, from any part of the island established for companies who have a new equity funding requirement and now in its fifteenth year, takes place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at Dublin’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood. Details of the regional finalists have just been released, each of which have secured €20,000 by getting this far.

2017
Free InterTradeIreland event helps businesses plan for Brexit

Free InterTradeIreland event helps businesses plan for Brexit

Cross-border trade and business development body, InterTradeIreland in partnership with the Local Enterprise Offices, will host a free event next month aimed at supporting businesses in planning for Brexit. 

2017
InterTradeIreland Business Monitor reveals buoyant economy with cross-border traders surging ahead

InterTradeIreland Business Monitor reveals buoyant economy with cross-border traders surging ahead

The latest quarterly (July - September 2017) InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report paints a picture of a buoyant economy with 39 percent of businesses in growth mode and a further 57 per cent in a stable position.   

2017
Departments launch Co-Innovate programme

Departments launch Co-Innovate programme

Over 1,400 SMEs to benefit from €16.6 million cross-border scheme supporting innovation The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched the Co-Innovate programme in Monaghan, along with Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy, Dr Andrew McCormick.

2017

Companies not taking advantage of stable environment to plan for Brexit

The latest quarterly (April - June 2017) InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report, shows that, despite the UK voting to leave the EU 12 months ago, the proportion of companies with a plan in place to deal with the potential outcomes of Brexit has remained static at 2%. Alarmingly, this figure only increases to 3% for those exporting despite 34% stating that they have already experienced a negative impact due to Brexit. To date the impending Brexit has had minimal impact on businesses with the vast majority (76%) reporting that it has been neutral.

2017
Huge Turnout at Supplier Engagement Event

Huge Turnout at Supplier Engagement Event

Over 550 people attended a Supplier Engagement event organised by InterTradeIreland at the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown this week.
The purpose of the event was to provide local businesses with practical insight and increased knowledge of how public procurement works.

2017

Potential Impact of WTO Tariffs on cross-border Trade - Report published

The nature of the trade arrangements that will be in place following the exit of the UK from the EU is currently unknown and will be the subject of considerable negotiation over the coming years. To inform this process, this research examines current cross-border trading patterns and considers the potential impacts on overall trade of the application of current EU WTO tariffs.

2017
Winners and losers in an intensely competitive economy

Winners and losers in an intensely competitive economy

The latest quarterly (January – March 2017) InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report issued today reveals evidence of an intensely competitive economic environment. Companies are taking advantage of buoyant levels of market confidence, however this is balanced with challenges caused by rising energy, overhead and supply costs, new competitors and difficulties recruiting appropriate skills.

2017
Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches InterTradeIreland’s Brexit Advisory Service

Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches InterTradeIreland’s Brexit Advisory Service

A dedicated InterTradeIreland advice service aimed at helping SMEs navigate the challenges of Brexit was unveiled today by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

2017
Final Call for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn investor readiness competition

Final Call for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn investor readiness competition

InterTradeIreland is calling all start-ups and early stage companies across the island to enter the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition before the deadline on 26 May 2017. In addition to being in with the chance to win a share of the €280,000 total cash prize fund with no equity stake taken, shortlisted firms will also benefit from expert feedback on their business plans and access to an extensive business and investment community.

2017

US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Call in Agriculture 2017

The 2017 US-Ireland Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Call in Agriculture is now open for applications in the following three priority areas:
• Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems;
• Animal nutrition, growth, and lactation;
• Animal health and disease.

2017
The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition launches for 2017

The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition launches for 2017

Early and new start companies across Ireland are encouraged to enter the 15th annual Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition to be in with a chance of competing for a no-equity total cash prize fund of €280,000. At a time where it is competitive to get seed funding, the competition is a great avenue for ambitious start ups to get their new business ideas off the ground. This year’s competition is now open for registration at www.intertradeireland.com/seedcorn and businesses are encouraged to submit an entry. Deadline for submissions is 26th May, 2017.

2017

Business angels to invest €85M in 264 Irish start-ups by 2022

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) today announces its five-year business angel outlook that predicts business angels will invest €85 million in 250 high potential start-ups in the period running 2017 to year-end 2021. It will mark a 79% increase in investment over the previous five years, which saw €47.4 million invested in 244 companies.

2017
InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference 2017

InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference 2017

InterTradeIreland’s 2017 Venture Capital Conference was held in The Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin this week. The conference this year concentrated on the theme of ‘Succeed in Raising Finance’, and brought together an audience of more than 300 delegates comprising entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, other investors and start-ups who may be seeking investment.

2017

HBAN angels invested €13.6m in 50 Irish start-ups in 2016

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island group responsible for the promotion of business angel investment in Ireland, today announces that business angels invested €13.6 million in 50 Irish start-ups last year – up 25% from the previous year. This includes €1.5M (£1.3M) invested in eight deals completed by Halo Northern Ireland angels. HBAN’s annual report for 2016 reveals that the investments leveraged a further €20.5 million from other public and private funds, bringing the total invested to €34.1 million.

2017
Business Monitor reveals strong economy facing potentially challenging times

Business Monitor reveals strong economy facing potentially challenging times

The latest quarterly (September - December 2016) InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report issued today shows business are moving into challenging times from a position of relative strength.

Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director at InterTradeIreland said: “We are seeing a resilient, sustained recovery and notable symmetry in challenges faced by firms both North and South. The number of companies across the island reporting stability or growth in the last quarter has remained fairly constant at 84 per cent; however exporters continue to fare better than non-exporters with 51 per experiencing growth compared to 36 per cent.”

2017
Ken Nelson Appointed Chairman of InterTradeIreland

Ken Nelson Appointed Chairman of InterTradeIreland

Northern Ireland businessman, Ken Nelson, has been appointed as chairman of InterTradeIreland by the North South Ministerial Council.

Chief executive of Local Economic Development Company (LEDCOM) Ltd, one of Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises, Ken has more than 25 years’ experience working closely with entrepreneurs, start-up companies, small businesses and social enterprises. During his career with LEDCOM, Ken has had regular involvement with cross-border trade development activities for micro-enterprises and small businesses.

2017
Leading Industries recognised as an Exemplars of Innovation

Leading Industries recognised as an Exemplars of Innovation

Five companies from across the island were awarded ‘Exemplar’ status by InterTradeIreland at a prestigious event held in Carton House in Maynooth yesterday. The award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a company, a graduate and an academic as part of InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. The companies acknowledged were Novegen Ltd, Dublin; Complete Laboratory Solutions, Galway; Aspira Ltd from Cork, Tyrone Fabrication, Tyrone and Copper Industries from Toombebridge.

2017
Cross Border Business Support Expo 2017

Cross Border Business Support Expo 2017

Calling all Business Owners/Managers and New Starts-ups

2016

€16.6 million of EU Funding set to transform Cross Border Business Research

Approximately €16.6m has been offered under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to develop the Research & Innovation capacity of over 1,400 SMEs on a cross-border basis, through the ‘Co-Innovate’ project. The funding offer is the first to be announced under the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme. Upon completion the project will increase the proportion of SMEs and micro-businesses involved in cross-border R&I collaboration within Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and the Border Region of Ireland from 22% to 33%.

2016
Dublin biotech firm Valitacell wins InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Dublin biotech firm Valitacell wins InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Dublin biotech company, Valitacell, was crowned the overall winner of the 14th annual InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition which is the island’s biggest business competition for new start and early stage companies. Valitacell won a cash prize of €100,000 at the grand final held at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast last night. The other main winner on the night was Dundalk based Gecko Governance who won the Best Early Stage Company Category award and a cash prize of €50,000. The winners were announced at the grand final of the competition which was attended by over 200 guests.

2016
ITI Business Monitor reveals continued uncertainty following Brexit

ITI Business Monitor reveals continued uncertainty following Brexit

The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (July – September 2016) released today by InterTradeIreland paints a mixed economic picture that reflects a widespread nervousness and sense of uncertainty among the business community in Northern Ireland and Ireland. While 32% of businesses still say they are growing, this figure is at its lowest level for 36 months. On the other hand, there has been a small increase in the numbers reporting that growth is declining pointing to more of a slowing in overall growth than any signs of contraction at this point. Sales figures also show a positive though declining balance.

2016
Belfast Companies announced as regional winners in Seedcorn competition

Belfast Companies announced as regional winners in Seedcorn competition

~ Yedup Ltd and Liopa Ltd secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to all-island final ~

2016
Southside Companies win Dublin final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Southside Companies win Dublin final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

~ Nasal Medical and Valitacell each secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to national final ~

2016
Louth Companies win Connacht

Louth Companies win Connacht

~ Gecko Governance and OVVO each secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to national final ~

2016

€2M deal helps HBAN-backed Wicklow Wolf brew up 20 jobs

Investment will fund a new, larger brewing site in Wicklow, enabling 15-fold increase in production;

Investment includes €722,000 from HBAN Food Syndicate, which will help the company expand into international markets including the US, Asia and Europe;

Food Syndicate’s second investment in Wicklow Wolf this year brings its total investment to over €800k in 18 months;

Company sold its first beer just two years ago and now has over 16 beers in production.

2016
Munster Regional Winners of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition Announced

Munster Regional Winners of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition Announced

Skellig Surgical, Cork and Kollect, Waterford both secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to national final.

2016

HBAN looks to raise record €6M in 48 hours

Dublin, 5th October 2016 – HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it will seek to raise new funds of €6M in the space of just 48 hours, starting Wednesday 9th November in Dublin. The organisation will also visit Cork, Waterford and Galway, speaking to potential new business angels looking to invest in some of Ireland’s most promising start-ups.

2016
InterTradeIreland to invest more than £16m in 300 SME Cross-Border Projects

InterTradeIreland to invest more than £16m in 300 SME Cross-Border Projects

Investment in the FUSION Programme has potential of £300m in outputs and creation of future jobs for graduates

2016

InterTradeIreland helps microbusinesses elevate their sales

InterTradeIreland has announced that it currently has funding available for small and micro businesses looking to explore new cross-border markets through its sales development programme, Elevate. Through Elevate, InterTradeIreland provides sector-specific sales support of up to £5,000/€6,000 across a range of sectors including food and beverage, ICT and Engineering as well as many others.

2016
Businesses on both sides of the border unprepared for Brexit result

Businesses on both sides of the border unprepared for Brexit result

The latest quarterly (April - June 2016) Business Monitor Report from InterTradeIreland released today illustrates, against a backdrop of generally positive business performance, that the outcome of the referendum on Britain’s exit of the EU has caught a large majority of businesses offside. The report indicated that 97% of businesses in Ireland and 96% in Northern Ireland have no plan in place to deal with the consequences of the vote to ‘leave’.

2016
Business Angels provide ‘smart money’ to entrepreneurs

Business Angels provide ‘smart money’ to entrepreneurs

InterTradeIreland has published a unique all island report into the Business Angel investor market. According to the report, “Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland”, Business Angel investment on the island is estimated to be worth between €70 million and €120 million annually.

2016
InterTradeIreland welcomes North South successes in EU Horizon 2020 programme

InterTradeIreland welcomes North South successes in EU Horizon 2020 programme

Researchers from Northern Ireland and Ireland have collaborated to win €45.5million in competitive funding from Europe’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020, recently released figures have revealed. These successes account for almost 10% of Ireland’s and nearly half of Northern Ireland’s total funding secured with many involving companies from both jurisdictions further strengthening cross-border collaboration and partnerships.

2016
Business Monitor shows agri-food sector outperforming sectors in terms of growth

Business Monitor shows agri-food sector outperforming sectors in terms of growth

• 53% of agri-food businesses across the island are growing compared to the average of 39% of all firms

• 18% of agri-food firms have increased employment in the last quarter

• More than half (52%) of agri-food firms are exporting, twice as many as the island-wide average

2016
LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR  Q1 2016

LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR Q1 2016

LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR REVEALS BUSINESSES WHICH ARE EXPORTING ARE OUTPERFORMING THOSE TRADING DOMESTICALLY.

The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (January to March 2016) released today highlighted an overall continuing solid picture of recovery with 88% of businesses on the island reporting growth; however the disparity between domestic market traders and those engaging in export is increasing.

2016

Deadline looms for Seedcorn Competition with top prize of €100k

InterTradeIreland is encouraging businesses across the island to get their applications in for its Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition before the 27th May for a chance to win a share of the total cash prize fund of €280,000. Now in its 14th year, the competition is open to all independent companies incorporated in Ireland or Northern Ireland in the seed, start-up or early stages of business development and ideally targeting international markets.

2016
Search begins for best new start and early stage company across the island.

Search begins for best new start and early stage company across the island.

InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Competition offers €280k in total cash prize fund and the skills to become ‘investor ready’.

If you own a new start or early stage company, imagine how a cash injection of €100,000 would accelerate your plans. With an overall prize fund of €280,000, InterTradeIreland has launched its annual Seedcorn Competition which offers a lifeline to young companies seeking to raise equity to help their business grow and develop.

2016
Bell: Export-led growth essential to development of economic growth

Bell: Export-led growth essential to development of economic growth

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has launched the Export Matters Action Plan in Belfast. The Export Matters Action Plan, developed in conjunction with Invest Northern Ireland and IntertradeIreland, aims to encourage companies in Northern Ireland to be active and successful in selling in a global market. Launching the plan, Jonathan Bell said: “Export-led growth is essential to the development of economic growth and helps underpin sustainable job opportunities which can have a substantial ripple effect across the economy. Growing our economy through increasing exports and external sales in Northern Ireland is the key aim of the Export Matters Action Plan.

2016
INTERTRADEIRELAND VENTURE CAPITAL CONFERENCE – ‘GROWING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES’

INTERTRADEIRELAND VENTURE CAPITAL CONFERENCE – ‘GROWING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES’

~ Brian Conlon, First Derivatives CEO, delivers key insight on local business success story ~
One of Northern Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs, Brian Conlon, Chief Executive and founder of First Derivatives, was the keynote speaker at the 15th annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital conference held in Belfast today.

2016
FREE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT SEMINARS  FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

FREE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT SEMINARS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Do you want to do business with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council? Do you want to know more about public procurement and get tips to win contracts?
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in conjunction with InterTradeIreland and Central Procurement Directorate are hosting a number of FREE procurement seminars pitched both at businesses which are new to tendering and those who wish to improve their current practices.

2016
ITI Acumen Programme help Vennetics secure Cross-Border business with Banterflix

ITI Acumen Programme help Vennetics secure Cross-Border business with Banterflix

The Banterflix search facility enables Northern Ireland viewers to find all their favourite Movies and TV shows in one place. Vennetics, an innovator of Video on Demand (VoD) applications, working with Banterflix has announced the launch of “Banterflix Search” a groundbreaking service that enables Northern Ireland viewers to search for movie content across the leading Video on Demand catalogues all from one easy to use site banterflix.com. Vennetics K-Box provides a combined view of the most popular VoD services including Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. It then uniquely combines the video content from the catalogues into one easy to use screen on banterflix.com.

2016
National Export Hub announces new initiative to educate SME’s in export

National Export Hub announces new initiative to educate SME’s in export

The Irish Exporters Association’s National Export Hub in partnership with InterTradeIreland today announced the launch of the Export Knowledge Programme, a new educational programme aimed at supporting SME’s to improve their exporting capabilities. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD launched the exciting new initiative with Simon McKeever, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association and Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO of InterTradeIreland at an event at the Irish Office of the European Commission.

2016

Cross Border Business Support Expo January 2016

Calling all Business Owners/Managers and New Starts-ups

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? Do you need help on how to survive? Are you looking to expand and/or recruit? Want to start your own business? Are you unsure of where to look for guidance, support and advice?

If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions come to the Cross Border Business Support Expo taking place on Wednesday the 27th January in the Carrickdale Hotel between 9.30am until 12.30pm.

2015
InterTradeIreland Award for Cookstown-based CDEnviro.

InterTradeIreland Award for Cookstown-based CDEnviro.

Co Tyrone-based CDEnviro Ltd. was today awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.

2015
InterTradeIreland Award for Co Mayo-based Malone Farm Machinery

InterTradeIreland Award for Co Mayo-based Malone Farm Machinery

Claremorris-based Malone Farm Machinery (Malone FM)was today awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.

2015
Innovative Limerick company  Winner of 13th annual ITI Seedcorn Competition

Innovative Limerick company Winner of 13th annual ITI Seedcorn Competition

Limerick company, Ocean Survivor, was crowned the Overall Winner of the 13th annual InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition, winning a cash prize of €100,000 at the grand final held at Clontarf Castle last night. The other main winner on the night was Dublin company, SiriusXT who won the Best Early Stage Company Category award and a cash prize of €50,000.

2015
U.S.-Ireland Partnership Announces Expansion of Research Collaboration

U.S.-Ireland Partnership Announces Expansion of Research Collaboration

The thirteenth meeting of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Steering Group held on November 17th in Farmleigh House, Dublin, announced an extension of the Partnership to include agriculture research and celebrated the successful launch of the first two projects connecting research centres in the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland. ‌

2015
LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR

LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR

Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Reveals Divergence in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Business Performance
• 84% of companies across the island either stable or growing
• 41% of firms in Ireland are increasing sales compared to 33% in Northern Ireland
• Majority of companies believe no negative impact from National Living Wage Introduction
• Cash flow topping list of key challenges for business (11%)
• 6% of companies concerned about energy costs compared to 15% in Q3 2014

2015
Modern Democracy and Photonics Measurements both secure €20,000 in funding

Modern Democracy and Photonics Measurements both secure €20,000 in funding

Derry~Londonderry company, Modern Democracy, was recently named the Best Early Stage company and Belfast-based Photonics Measurements the best New Start company at the Northern Ireland final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. They overcame tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

2015
SiriusXT and KillBiller both secure €20,000 and go forward to national final

SiriusXT and KillBiller both secure €20,000 and go forward to national final

Two Dublin companies triumphed at the Dublin regional final of the 2015 all-island InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. UCD spin off SiriusXT was named Best Early Stage Company and city centre based KillBiller was named Best New Start company at the regional final. Both beat off tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

2015
InterTradeIreland Award for Co Donegal-based Gallagher’s Bakery

InterTradeIreland Award for Co Donegal-based Gallagher’s Bakery

Ardara-based Gallagher’s Bakery was awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’ last Friday, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme. Gallagher’s Bakery supplies bread products and specialty lines, including gluten-free products to commercial customers across Ireland and further afield, with customers in Northern Ireland, GB, Europe, America, Canada and Australia.

2015
Kong Digital Limited and Aphix Software both secure €20,000 cash prize

Kong Digital Limited and Aphix Software both secure €20,000 cash prize

Louth companies triumphed at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2015 all-island InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. Ardee-based company Kong Digital was named Best Early Stage company and Drogheda company Aphix Software was named Best New Start company at the regional final. Both beat off tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

2015
Kong Digital Limited and Aphix Software both secure €20,000 cash prize

Kong Digital Limited and Aphix Software both secure €20,000 cash prize

Louth companies triumphed at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2015 all-island InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. Ardee-based company Kong Digital was named Best Early Stage company and Drogheda company Aphix Software was named Best New Start company at the regional final. Both beat off tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

2015
Rendicity secures €20,000 cash prize and goes forward to national final

Rendicity secures €20,000 cash prize and goes forward to national final

Cork company, Unified Computing t/a Rendicity, was today named the Best Early Stage company at the Munster final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Rendicity, which is based in Bishopstown, Cork, overcame tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete against 3 other businesses in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

2015
Deviate Aspire secures €20,000 cash prize and goes forward to national final

Deviate Aspire secures €20,000 cash prize and goes forward to national final

Limerick company, Deviate Aspire, was today named the Best New Start company at the Munster final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Deviate Aspire, which is based at the University of Limerick, overcame tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete against 3 other companies in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

2015
InterTradeIreland Award for Co Clare-based ABC Nutrition Ltd

InterTradeIreland Award for Co Clare-based ABC Nutrition Ltd

Co Clare-based ABC Nutrition Ltd (ABC) was recently awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.

2015
Angels reach €50M milestone with Connexicon Medical’s €1.15M investment

Angels reach €50M milestone with Connexicon Medical’s €1.15M investment

HBAN, a joint initiative of InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland responsible for the all-island promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it has breached the landmark of €50 million invested by business angels. A further €89 million has been leveraged from other sources including Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission and local and international venture capital funds.

2015
Over €19m in North South competitive R

Over €19m in North South competitive R

Attendees at the fifth annual all-island InterTradeIreland ‘Collaborate to Innovate Conference: Delivering Competitive Proposals’, held in Belfast, heard that the value of North South R&D activity won in the Horizon 2020 Programme to date is €19.36m. This represents a 62% increase when compared to the same period in Framework Programme 7 (FP7).

2015
InterTradeIreland Award for Dublin based DAVRA

InterTradeIreland Award for Dublin based DAVRA

Dublin-based Davra Network was recently awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.

2015
Louth to help Ireland become global startup hub for jobs and innovation by 2020

Louth to help Ireland become global startup hub for jobs and innovation by 2020

Louth companies can help make Ireland a global startup hub for jobs and innovation by 2020
- National Startup Gathering 2015 running from 5 to 10 October – InterTradeIreland is calling on all SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneur’s right across the island to attend the free events, workshops and seminars organised as part of the Startup Gathering 2015. The aim of the Gathering is to promote entrepreneurship and help develop world class develop regional startup hubs, as well as highlighting Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.

2015
20,000 jobs created by Irish venture capital backed firms over last 10 years

20,000 jobs created by Irish venture capital backed firms over last 10 years

20,000 jobs created by Irish venture capital backed firms over last 10 years. Total Irish funds under management now exceed €2 billion but IVCA 30th annual dinner hears call for more equitable tax treatment of early stage backers and entrepreneurs. 20,000 high quality jobs have been created by Irish venture capital backed companies over the past 10 years and supported another 50,000 downstream. Total Irish venture capital funds under management now exceed €2 billion. This was stated by Brian Caulfield, chairman, Irish Venture Capital Association, when he addressed the organisation’s 30th annual dinner in Dublin on Thursday last the 1st October.

2015
InterTradeIreland at Ireland’s Largest Graduate Careers Fair

InterTradeIreland at Ireland’s Largest Graduate Careers Fair

On the 7th October 2015, the RDS Simmonscourt will host Ireland’s largest graduate recruitment event, the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair. InterTradeIreland will be in attendance and are currently recruiting graduates primarily in Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines, to their Graduate Programme, which offers full time jobs across the island and a post graduate diploma. . This is the ideal event for students and recent graduates to speak to our team about working with InterTradeIreland.

2015
The EXIM Summit takes place in Dublin this November

The EXIM Summit takes place in Dublin this November

AS Ireland’s economy continues to exceed expectations as the fastest growing economy in the EU - and with strong growth levels forecast for 2016 - a unique conference recognising the contribution of Exports-Imports to the recovery of the economy will be held in Dublin this November.

2015
Irish Biz Party Phenomenon to Descend on Fermanagh

Irish Biz Party Phenomenon to Descend on Fermanagh

The online phenomenon that is Irish Biz Party have chosen Fermanagh as the destination for their fifth national business conference, which takes place in the Killyhevlin Hotel,Enniskillen, on Wednesday 14th October. Founded by Bank of Ireland Start up Hero award winner and Tweeting Goddess, Samantha Kelly, Irish Biz Party is an online community of businesses who advise, guide and promote each other.

2015
The Boeing Company announced as first speaker at Export Leadership Forum

The Boeing Company announced as first speaker at Export Leadership Forum

The Boeing Company announced as first international speaker at inaugural Export Leadership Forum
On Wednesday 9 September, the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) made an initial announcement to the export community of the inaugural Export Leadership Forum, which is officially announced today. The Forum will take place on the 10th and 11th February 2016 in Croke Park.

With an agenda set to include over 60 national and global speakers across 8 conference streams, the two day Export Leadership Forum is set to be the largest European event to focus on all aspects of exporting.

2015

ASM kick starts ‘Cross Border Bureau' seminar series with InterTradeIreland.

Yesterday (Thursday 10th September) saw award-winning firm ASM Chartered Accountants kick-start a seminar series aimed at providing SMEs interested in growing their cross border trade with practical financial advice.

2015
Closing Date to Enter Business Achievers Awards

Closing Date to Enter Business Achievers Awards

The closing date to enter the Business Achievers Awards is Friday 25th September 2015.
Just a few more weeks to be in with a chance to win a €50,000 advertising bursary; business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland; a full service communications workshop by leading PR and marketing professionals, networking opportunities, a specially commissioned video, press coverage, a big Gala night out…

Here is a reminder of all the benefits your business could get for spending 30 minutes on the form.

2015

All-island recovery continues but at a slower pace in Q2

Recovery is being driven by only 40% of firms.

InterTradeIreland’s latest quarterly Business Monitor (Q2: April – June 2015) has indicated that 83% of businesses are stable or growing but that the recovery is driven by just 40% of firms with manufacturing and business service firms the two biggest growth sectors. However, while businesses continue to experience recovery across the island, it is at a slower pace than in recent quarters, where in the first quarter of 2015, 88% of businesses were stable or growing.

2015
HBAN record 2014 - €30M funding to create an estimated 700 jobs

HBAN record 2014 - €30M funding to create an estimated 700 jobs

• Jobs to be filled by 2017 across 48 HBAN-supported companies
• Galway-based medical devices company Embo Medical raised over €1.5M from business angel funding creating 13 jobs
• Northern-Ireland based Treze raised €150,000 from angels creating 20 jobs
• Dublin-based Lumafit raised €175,000 from angels creating 15 jobs
• HBAN looking to recruit new angel investors

2015
Startup Gathering Launched

Startup Gathering Launched

Set to be one of the biggest Startup events in the wold, Startup Gathering 2015 will take place across Ireland from 5th – 10th October, with over 50 events being planned across 5 days, 5 industries, and 5 Cities. Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford will all be promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and Ireland’s startup sector to national and international audiences.

2015

ASM with InterTradeIreland delivers ‘Cross Border Bureau' trade initiative

Award-winning firm ASM Chartered Accountants has launched a series of events aimed at providing SMEs with practical advice on cross-border matters such as tax, pensions, and other pertinent issues. This new initiative will be delivered in partnership with InterTradeIreland, the cross-border business development agency.
The initiative, to be known as 'the Cross Border Bureau', will aim to promote business growth through cross-border trade, by providing advice and consultancy to businesses operating between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

2015
InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event sees more than 600 delegates take part

InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event sees more than 600 delegates take part

More than 600 local SMEs turned out at the InterTradeIreland ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Belfast yesterday to find out how they could be better placed to tap into the lucrative public procurement market. Worth £2.8bn in Northern Ireland and €8.5bn in the south, both markets continue to offer substantial opportunities for small businesses, despite the decreases in public spending.

2015

Search begins for Northern Ireland’s top achievers in business

Ulster Bank launches popular Business Achievers Awards for 2015.
Top achievers in business are being encouraged to enter a leading awards scheme that could land them unrivalled publicity, including a £35,000 publishing bursary.
Ulster Bank today officially launches its prestigious Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which include awards for Ulster companies, followed by an all-island final.

2015

InterTradeIreland’s Q1 Business Monitor

Positive but cautious outlook shown by firms in Q1 according to InterTradeIreland’s Business Monitor

• 88% of firms across the island either stable or growing
• 47% of firms in Ireland are expanding compared to 34% in Northern Ireland
• 56% of firms involved in cross-border sales experiencing growth compared to 40% of those with no export sales
• Small increase in employment levels this quarter with 11% taking on staff
• Sales performance has declined from 39% to 32% with more exporters increasing sales
• 68% of firms plan to invest in the next year

2015
SMEs ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER FOR FREE INTERTRADEIRELAND ‘FUNDING FOR GROWTH’

SMEs ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER FOR FREE INTERTRADEIRELAND ‘FUNDING FOR GROWTH’

As part of its new ‘Funding for Growth’ Advisory Service, InterTradeIreland announced a series of 12 free regional workshops and 20 free advisory clinics throughout 2015 delivered by business advisors, Grant Thornton. The workshops will provide independent and objective advice to the SMEs in attendance.

2015

29th May final deadline for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn Competition

The environment has never been better for start-ups to attract early stage financing according to InterTradeIreland at the final call for entries for the All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition, which closes on Friday 29th May. The competition, which supports young innovative companies, offers a share of a €280,000 total cash prize, with no equity stake taken in the winning company.

2015
InterTradeIreland helps Micro Businesses Elevate their Sales

InterTradeIreland helps Micro Businesses Elevate their Sales

InterTradeIreland has today launched the next phase of its sales development programme, Elevate, which aims to help small businesses across Ireland, in particular microbusinesses with less than ten employees, develop sales opportunities through first time cross-border exports.

2015
Business to Consumer Expo

Business to Consumer Expo

Why you should attend the Business to Consumer Expo which takes place in the Marshes Shopping Centre on Friday 15th May from 10am to 5pm

2015
Nautilus wins big at All Island Innovation Awards

Nautilus wins big at All Island Innovation Awards

Newry-based Nautilus NI Ltd has won the IT and Telecommunications category at this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. The event was held at Belfast City hall and was attended by over 220 guests and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

2015

Mayo firm PanelDuct scoops ‘Innovation of the Year’

Mayo firm PanelDuct scoops ‘Innovation of the Year’ at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

Huge boost for innovation in the West as two Galway firms also claim awards

BFree Foods wins Best North/South Collaboration award

2015

InterTradeIreland provides the successful formula for Investor Readiness

Irish entrepreneurs could receive a significant cash boost for their business, thanks to a total prize fund of €280,000 being offered by InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2015. Now in its 13th year, InterTradeIreland is calling on young, innovative companies from all business sectors to enter the competition.

2015
14th Annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference

14th Annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference

InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference showcases investment opportunities available to Irish companies in 2015
“Your opportunity to meet investors’’ Venture capital funding to SMEs rose over 40% to €401m last year, the highest level seen for 10 years and
22 VC funds and Business Angel networks attending conference.

2015
InterTradeIreland: 85% of firms either stable or growing across the island

InterTradeIreland: 85% of firms either stable or growing across the island

InterTradeIreland: 85% of firms either stable or growing across the island
Cross-Border Trading Businesses much more likely to be growing, innovating and investing

2015
Limavady Electronics Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Limavady Electronics Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Limavady based company Arbarr Electronics, a High Tech SME specialising in Energy Storage Systems, has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a company, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.

2015
InterTradeIreland launches new ‘Funding For Growth’ Advisory Service

InterTradeIreland launches new ‘Funding For Growth’ Advisory Service

InterTradeIreland has today launched a new ‘Funding for Growth Advisory Service’ for local SMEs. The service is aimed at established SMEs in Ireland who are looking to grow and prosper by educating and informing them on new and alternative sources of finance.

2015
18 of Ireland’s most innovative companies nominated for top award

18 of Ireland’s most innovative companies nominated for top award

Businesses in Dublin, Antrim and Galway lead the way as the search for the most innovative business on the island of Ireland is one step closer following the announcement of the shortlist for The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.

2015
5 Northern Ireland companies shortlisted

5 Northern Ireland companies shortlisted

The search for the most innovative business on the island of Ireland is one step closer following the announcement of the shortlist for The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.

2015
InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar

InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar

InterTradeIreland’s technology transfer and innovation programme FUSION, partners companies north and south with a third-level institution providing them with the specialist expertise of a high calibre graduate working directly in the organisation to deliver a new product or process improvement project. Through the Programme, Co. Sligo based StableLab has benefitted from the services of one of the University of Ulster’s leading academics, Jim McLaughlin and Mechatronics graduate John O’Toole.

2014
Dungannon Snack Food Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Dungannon Snack Food Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Tyrone based company Mackle Snacks has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a company, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.

2014
BioCore Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

BioCore Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Bray based company BioCore has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.

2014

Winners of ‘InBusiness Editors Choice Awards’ Announced

Irish companies and individuals were recognised at the third InBusiness Editor’s Choice Awards yesterday, Wednesday 10th December 2014. The awards honour outstanding achievement in the Irish business community and the winners were selected based on the broad criteria of growth, profile of business, range of services and customer care. With 27 categories the InBusiness Editor’s Choice Awards provide a rare opportunity to gather together representatives from a wide variety of business sectors. The event was hosted by Today FM broadcaster, Anton Savage at Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club.

2014
Continued North South research collaboration can deliver €175 million in funding

Continued North South research collaboration can deliver €175 million in funding

- New North South initiative positions SMEs across the island to avail of Horizon 2020 opportunities to boost growth and jobs -

2014
Pioneering medical device and software solution companies win Seedcorn

Pioneering medical device and software solution companies win Seedcorn

~ €280,000 cash prize fund awarded to winning companies ~

2014
Pioneering medical device and software solution companies win Seedcorn

Pioneering medical device and software solution companies win Seedcorn

~ €150,000 prize fund awarded to the Cork and Dublin winning companies ~

2014

45% of firms reporting recovery according to ITI’s Business Monitor

Strong business performance across all sectors in Q3 2014.

2014

Small and domestic firms across the island now reporting recovery

Strong business performance across all sectors in Q3 2014.

2014
Cork Company wins Munster final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Cork Company wins Munster final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

14th November 2014 – Cork company, Aventamed, was today named the Best Early Stage company at the Munster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Aventamed, which is based at the CREATE Building in CIT, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

2014
SonarSim secures €20,000 and goes forward to final Seedcorn Competition

SonarSim secures €20,000 and goes forward to final Seedcorn Competition

14th November 2014 – Limerick company, SonarSim, was today named the Best New Start company at the Munster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. SonarSim, which is based in Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre (HEAC) at LIT, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

2014
Launch of €4 million fund for new Applications in Smart Agriculture

Launch of €4 million fund for new Applications in Smart Agriculture

South East BIC, based in Waterford, is delighted to be the Irish partner in the SmartAgriFood European Project. The project aims to boost the application and use of future internet technologies in the Agri-Food sector, will increase the competiveness of the European Agri-Food domain and intends to engage a huge number of SMEs in the Agri-Food domain throughout Europe.

2014
Westmeath Company wins regional final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Westmeath Company wins regional final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Westmeath company, Nearfield Communications, was today named the Best Early Stage company at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Nearfield Communications, which is based in Athlone, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.