The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched an advertising campaign at Belfast International Airport, encouraging Northern Ireland businesses to export goods and services overseas.
The advertising is part of the Government’s Exporting is GREAT (EiG) campaign which has been running since 2015.
The campaign launches as latest figures show Northern Ireland’s exports are on the rise. HMRC statistics show that the export of goods from companies based in Northern Ireland increased to £8.03 billion from April 2016 to March 2017 – an increase of nearly 12% from the previous year.
The Exporting is GREAT campaign provides assistance to businesses of all sizes – from multi-nationals such as Tayto and Bombardier to smaller, local, family owned businesses. Now, International Trade Minister Mark Garnier encourages those in Northern Ireland to seize the exciting trade opportunities available to them.
International Trade Minister Mark Garnier said: The Exporting is GREAT campaign provides assistance to businesses of all sizes – from multi-nationals such as Tayto and Bombardier to smaller, local, family owned businesses. Now, International Trade Minister Mark Garnier encourages those in Northern Ireland to seize the exciting trade opportunities available to them. “As we look to leave the EU, we want all businesses to make the most of the wealth of export opportunities out there. As an international economic department, we’ve already helped more than 600 companies in Northern Ireland develop their global potential through events, webinars and live opportunities. “As we build a truly global United Kingdom, we want these businesses to export their goods and services and promote the strengths of the country to drive jobs and investment.”
The GREAT campaigns website, www.great.gov.uk provides information and tips for both new and existing exporters. The website outlines exporting opportunities and offers advice on routes to new markets, export plans, finance for exporting, and information on shipping and logistics. Local two-generational, family business McCanns, specialise in the packing and processing of apples, pears, pure apple juice and cider. McCann’s CEO Kevin McCann says “We are constantly seeking opportunities to bring our fine products to new markets. Export assistance and advice provided by the Government’s “Exporting is Great” campaign was absolutely critical to us to help reach our goal of driving our business forward in new locations which were previously unware of how to enter.”
Minister for Northern Ireland, Chloe Smith, met with the owner of McCanns Kevin McCann to speak about their exporting journey. "Northern Ireland exports are a vital part of the economy where everything from machinery and transport equipment to food and drink, pharmaceutical and financial technology are exported daily, making Northern Ireland’s export performance strong in the UK. “I am inspired by the business I met today, who are helping to build a successful export economy. This is currently valued at £8billion and contributed to one-fifth of our output last year. These businesses have been transformed thanks to exporting and I want to help this grow further in NI to build a stronger and more secure future for Northern Ireland.”
Exporting helps businesses to increase profits, boost profile, and achieve greater levels of growth and international recognition. The demand for goods and services from Northern Ireland is out there, you should be too. For more information, visit www.great.gov.uk.