Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (251)

Seán Kyne

Question:

251. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress of the get export ready programme operated by the potential exporters division of Enterprise Ireland; the number of companies in 2013 that participated; the numbers to date in 2014; if there is a breakdown of participants on a regional basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15418/14]

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The Potential Exporters Division of Enterprise Ireland holds “Export Awareness Events” and “Exploring Exporting Workshops” across the regions for new and early exporters to develop the tools and techniques needed to succeed in export markets. Enterprise Ireland is committed to helping companies strengthen their export readiness and export selling capabilities. The Agency offers customised training and access to experts, matched to a company's level of export awareness in order to save time and money and increase their chances of export success.

Enterprise Ireland organises “Export Awareness Events” regularly in a number of locations around Ireland. These short (typically two-hour duration) workshops are aimed at companies thinking of exporting for the first time. In 2013, “Export Awareness Events” were held across the regions with 362 companies / 412 individuals participating in the events. Table 1 which follows identifies the regional areas involved together with the number of companies and individuals who participated. Table 2 provides details in respect of 2014 (year to date) where Export Awareness Events were held in Cork and Sligo with 49 companies/64 individuals participating in the events.

“Exploring Exporting Workshops” is a series of workshops, focused on helping first-time exporting companies become export ready. Topics include: conducting market research, defining the export value-proposition, processes for exporting and, the exportable offer. Business mentors are available to work with client companies to identify the issues they need to address to become export ready.

In 2013, “Exploring Exporting Workshops” were held across the regions with 129 companies/172 individuals participating in the workshops. Table 3 which follows outlines the regional areas involved together with the number of companies and individuals who participated. To date in 2014, one “Exploring Exporting Workshop” was held in Cork with 15 companies/20 individuals participating. A further 8 Workshops will take place throughout the year.

Enterprise Ireland is also involved in “Meet the UK Market Team” initiative. This is an opportunity for those companies that have made progress in developing their export market capability to meet face-to-face with the EI UK market team to gain insights into market specific opportunities and challenges relating to their business. Three workshops with the UK market team will be held in 2014 in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Table 1 - Export Awareness Events 2013

Awareness Events – Location

Month

No of Companies

No of Participants

Clonakilty

January

28

35

Castlebar

February

40

49

Dublin

February

62

53

Tralee

February

54

65

Athlone

May

27

38

Wexford

June

18

21

Dundalk

September

26

33

Galway

September

50

56

Dublin

October

37

40

Limerick

October

20

22

Total 10

#

362

412

Table 2 - Export Awareness Events 2014 (year to date)

Awareness Events – Location

Month

No of Companies

No of Participants

Cork

February

33

44

Sligo

March

16

20

Table 3 - Exploring Exporting Workshops 2013

Workshop Location

Month

No of Companies

No of Participants

Dublin

March

13

16

Tralee

March

8

9

Castlebar

April

7

9

Dublin

April

9

11

Athlone

May

17

26

Wexford

June

13

15

Dundalk

September

10

14

Galway

September

13

22

Dublin

October

15

18

Clare

October

9

11

Dublin

December

15

21

Total 11

#

129

172