Going Dutch Programme

Support programme for businesses that have the capability and motivation to break into international markets and specifically to explore new business opportunities in The Netherlands.

Summary:

Support programme for businesses that have the capability and motivation to break into international markets and specifically to explore new business opportunities in The Netherlands.

Eligibility criteria:

This programme is only available to existing Invest NI customers who meet the definition of an SME.

The criteria to become a customer with Invest NI is as follows: 

  • Reach a turnover of £250K per annum within 5 years; and 
  • Achieve at least 25 per cent of those sales outside of Northern Ireland.

You will also need to demonstrate growth potential, which is defined as:

  • Potential employment growth >= 20 per cent or >=20 jobs within 3 years; or 
  • Potential external sales growth >=20 per cent or >=£500k within 3 years; or 
  • Potential increase in GVA / employee >= 20 per cent within 3 years. 

Other criteria

Participating businesses must have:

  • less than 100 employees
  • little export experience outside the British Isles (typically are selling into the Great Britain and/or Republic of Ireland markets)
  • explicitly defined commercial reasons for wishing to develop business in a new export market, for example the Dutch market
  • a product range which is suitable (or can be adapted) for export
  • the necessary financial stability and resources
Additional information:

The programme provides companies with:

  • 1:1 consultancy support from a specialist trade advisor based in Amsterdam
  • individual tailored market research
  • group workshops to address common export issues
  • development of individual export sales presentation
  • an initial  three day Group market visit to the Netherlands  involving qualified meetings with potential customers or partners
  • guidance on a follow-up action plan on how to develop the opportunities
  • a fully-funded follow-up visit and up to three further Invest NI supported individual follow-up visits to The Netherlands to develop sales/partnerships
Support organisation:
  • Invest Northern Ireland
Contact:
Sandra Kelly
Phone:
028 9069 8045
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