Six Newry tech companies travel to Berlin to expand into new markets

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Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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Six technology companies, all clients of Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency (NMEA), have just returned from Berlin where they were part of the Innovate Accelerate Europe Programme, a new cross-border initiative providing specialist support to help local companies seeking to expand into new markets.

The NMEA companies on the four-day trip were Field Motion, Kelly Solutions, SlackPress, Naoimh Larkin, Mourne Digital and Lara Lavine Ltd.

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Germany is Europe’s largest economy and is Ireland’s second-largest market for services exports as well as Ireland’s fourth-largest market for merchandise exports.

 

 

Dr Conor Patterson, Chief Executive, Newry & Mourne Co-Operative & Enterprise Agency, said, “Transnational collaboration between entrepreneurs not only offers them the potential to open up new markets, it also gives them access to transformational knowledge which they can bring back into their firms to make them more innovative and increase their chances of long term survival.”

The Innovate Accelerate Europe programme is a pilot designed to complement the work of the Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency and on this, the inaugural business opportunity trip, the clients had a full day of individually tailored support to help them identify new business collaboration opportunities. 

They also had training in advance of a day of one-to-one meetings with German companies. The bilateral meetings took place at the Aldershof Technology Park which is the largest technology park and incubation centre in Berlin.

 

 

The NMEA clients travelled with representatives of 14 other businesses who were clients of either LEO Meath or LEO Louth.

The clients also had the support of the Irish Embassy in Berlin, where they attended a reception, and the support of the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation.

Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office,  Louth, said, “Given the backdrop of Brexit, it was opportune for a North-South group to work together to explore new markets in Europe. The opportunity Europe presents is very much alive and can help win business for Louth companies.

“We want our clients to extend their reach beyond local markets and to explore overseas markets,” he added.

 

 

Joe English, Head of Enterprise, LEO Meath, said, “With all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we see this as the perfect opportunity for our clients to begin the process of Internationalisation beyond these islands.” 

In the New Year all the participating owner-managers will continue to work with their Innovate Accelerate Europe mentor to produce a Business Opportunity Plan.

 

 

 

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