International opportunities open up for Irish SMEs

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International opportunities open up for Irish SMEs. The World’s largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) has announced a new partnership with 31 Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland.

The Enterprise Europe Network in Ireland is a joint partnership between Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Launched in January, the Network is co-financed under ‘COSME’, the EU funding programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs. The services are tailored for SMEs but are also available to all other businesses, universities and research centres.

The new partnership will mean free access for Irish companies to Europe’s largest database with up to 10,000 new business and technology opportunities in the EU and many other major global markets.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said, “This new partnership between the Enterprise Europe Network and the Local Enterprise Offices will provide Irish companies with an important gateway into the EU and a bigger footprint globally.

“I am confident that this new partnership will help our companies forge new international partnerships which will contribute to a boost in Irish exports.”

Tom Hayes, Divisional Manager, Regions & Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland added, “Today’s announcement will open doors for Irish companies to foster new partnerships and access up to 60 international markets, get advice on EU funding and support on bringing their innovative products and technologies to a global audience.

“It is an important step in bringing Irish companies closer to our European counterparts, and will enhance the services that Local Enterprise Offices can offer Irish companies.”