Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (292)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

292. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of part-time and full-time staff that are specifically allocated to work in the exporter development department of Enterprise Ireland, which provides assistance to irregular exporters and would-be exporters; the annual cost of this department; and the annual staffing and non-staffing costs. [46393/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Enterprise Ireland supports companies in urban and rural areas to start, innovate and remain competitive in international markets, now and into the future. A key part of this activity is to support prospective and emerging exporters. Enterprise Ireland’s Exporter Development Department assists prospective and emerging exporters with greater than 10 employees to support them in fulfilling their global ambition. The Table below details the number of full-time and part-time staff, the annual staffing costs and non staffing costs of the Exporter Development Department.

The Exporter Development Department works with companies considering exporting as a platform for scaling through Enterprise Ireland’s client engagement model. Enterprise Ireland’s Exporter Development Department runs client knowledge events, promotional activities and provides Business Growth Advisors.

Key supports available to prospective and emerging exporters include:

- An online export preparedness scorecard to help companies to determine their capability to develop and implement an export led business plan.

- One day Exporter Development Workshops which serves to provide early stage exporters; a set of practical export development tools, a checklist which focusses on becoming export ready, access to Enterprise Ireland’s advice, reports and market research guidelines and introduction to Enterprise Ireland Export Development Advisors.

- In 2019, Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Office Network hosted a series of half-day masterclasses on the ‘Essentials of Exporting’. The events are aimed at early-stage exporters and companies not currently exporting, to enable them to grow their business and scale in international markets.

Table 1. The number of full-time and part-time staff, the annual staffing cost, non staffing costs of the Exporter Development Department, Enterprise Ireland

Full-Time Staff

Part-Time Staff

Annual Staffing Costs

Non Staffing Costs

8

2

€772,216

€263,367

Note: The non-staffing costs includes expenditure on client knowledge events, general promotional activities, business growth advisors and administration costs.