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Get Export Ready

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Our Get Export Ready tool will help you identify the steps needed to succeed in export markets and find the right support to bring your product or service to market. The tool is aimed at all businesses in Northern Ireland.

There will be a maximum of 13 questions which will take around 5 minutes to complete after which we will email you your personalised report.  This report will give advice on what’s involved with selling your goods and services overseas, as well as access to resources, expert advice and financial support packages.  Be realistic in your answers. Please do not use your browser ‘back’ button to return to or edit a previous page as you will be brought back to the start of the tool, and your answers will not be saved.

Whether you are exporting for the first time or already exporting, find out how to improve profitability and prepare your business for international trade.

Exporting goods and services requires a great export strategy, which is why it’s crucial you get the best possible export advice.

So, let's get started.

Go to Question 1

Do you have a business in Northern Ireland?
In order to access the support available for export projects, you will need to have a business located in Northern Ireland. If you have not set up your business, we can provide you with information on how to do so and how export can grow your business, once it is up and running.
Yes
No
Next
Is your product manufactured or your service developed in Northern Ireland?
In order to access the support available for export projects from some organisations, such as Invest NI, your product or service needs to be manufactured or developed in Northern Ireland.
Yes
No
Next
Can your product or service be exported?
It is important to understand all regulatory, compliance and procedural issues that might affect your product or service in your target market. A rule or regulation could stop you exporting - it makes sense to save time and money by exploring your export options first.
Yes
No
Not sure
Next
Are you currently exporting, for example, selling your products and/or services to the Republic of Ireland or Great Britain?
No, this will be my first time exporting outside Northern Ireland.
Yes, I am currently exporting but I am looking for a new market.
Next
Is export part of the growth plans for your business at the moment?
Exporting successfully means understanding what your objectives are and how exporting fits into your overall business growth strategy.
No, exporting is not part of the growth plans for my business.
I do some exporting to meet ad-hoc orders but nothing more structured or planned.
Exporting is a key part of my business strategy and growth plans.
Next
Have you identified the following in your market research? Please tick all that apply.
You need to confirm if there are enough customers for your product or service, and understand who the competition is. Research and hard evidence will prove there is enough demand to justify your investment in time and expense.
A target market.
Demand for your product or service in the target market.
Your main competitors in the target market.
Potential customers in the target market.
No, I have not done any market research.
Next
Have you considered how you will price your product or service in your target market?
You need to balance charging a price that potential customers are willing to pay, with covering your costs and making a profit. Can you make enough money to justify your investment in time and expense?
Yes
No
Not sure
Next
Do you know how you will sell your product or service in your target market?
Have you identified sales channels such as appointing an agent or distributor, setting up an office or selling online? Do you have a marketing and advertising plan to launch and promote your product?
Yes
No
Not sure
Next
Do you know how you will get your product or service to your target market?
It’s important to establish the cost of moving your products and the delivery times involved for your customers. Have you thought carefully about which methods are best, such as using a distributor, or posting your products?
Yes
No
Not sure
Next
Do you have the capacity and skills in your business to meet export orders?
Exporting can be complicated, which means your staff might need training to understand transport logistics, legal issues, or conducting business in another currency.
Yes
No
Not sure
Next
Do you have the necessary funds to undertake export activities?
It’s important to figure out exactly how much you can afford to invest and what extra funds might be needed to enter your target export market.
Yes
No
Not sure
Next
Do you have a plan in place for exporting?
Preparation is key to successful exporting. You need a clearly written plan with stated goals, timeframes and assigned tasks.
Yes
No
Next
As the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, Invest NI can help you develop new products and services, access practical support and discover the best funding streams available. Based on your responses, you may qualify for additional support for your export project, providing you meet certain criteria, such as your current volume of sales outside of Northern Ireland.
Would you like Invest NI to contact you to discuss your export project?
No, I would just like my personalised report emailed to me.
Yes, I would like my personalised report emailed to me and for a member of Invest NI’s Business Support Team to contact me.
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