It’s important to know which markets offer the best fit with your business so that you can effectively target your export activity. Invest Northern Ireland has extensive databases and expertise to help you research export markets. Focused market research will increase your chances of successfully selling into markets outside Northern Ireland.
Invest Northern Ireland Business Information Centre
The Invest NI Business Information Centre is based in Invest NI headquarters in Bedford Street, Belfast. It provides free access to market research, worldwide databases of potential customers or suppliers and directories listing exhibitions, trade journals and newspapers. To access this information, call the Invest NI Boosting Business helpline on Tel 0800 181 4422.
Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) offers local support and advice to help businesses make the most of the opportunities in the European Union. The team can provide guidance on European Union funding, business opportunities and legislation. To access the support available through the Enterprise Europe Network, call the Invest NI Boosting Business helpline on Tel 0800 181 4422.
InterTradeIreland Acumen programme
InterTradeIreland's Acumen programme can assist you to source and fund the right people to help you increase your cross-border export sales North or South to help you improve your knowledge of the market and identify new business opportunities.
InterTradeIreland Elevate programme
If you are a small business looking to identify cross-border markets and customers to win new business, funding for specialist consultancy support is available through the InterTradeIreland Elevate Programme. Assisting micro-businesses in particular, InterTradeIreland has an expert panel of almost 100 consultants offering specific expertise to identify and capitalise on the significant cross-border sales opportunities that exist on your doorstep.
Know your legal responsibilities
- Do you need a licence?
- Get the right business insurance
- Comply with the law when providing goods and services
- Know your customers' rights
- Distance and online selling rules
- Understand pricing legislation
- Buying goods from outside NI
- Selling goods outside NI
- GDPR compliance checklist
- Pay your business rates
- Understand staff contracts and your responsibilities
- Taking on contractors and subcontractors
- Health and safety basics for business
- Know your legal obligations on pensions
Understand tax and VAT
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