Derry City & Strabane - New companies sought for Gateway to Growth Export Programme




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New companies sought for Gateway to Growth Export Programme

13 February 2020

Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council are seeking North West companies to take part in an innovative programme to help them build a sustainable export presence.

The Gateway to Growth Export Programme is financed by the Executive Office and the Irish government and offers participants a range of support and training.

The initiative has already been completed by 17 local companies and takes businesses through every stage of preparation for their export journey from reviewing current activity to identifying opportunity, assessing capability and planning for growth.

Head of Business at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Kevin O’Connor, encouraged local businesses to take the first step in building their export presence by taking part in an Export Insights Workshop, hosted as part of Enterprise Week, at the Bishop’s Gate Hotel.

“The Gateway to Growth Export Programme will guide you through every step of the process of building your export presence from selecting the right market to understanding customer needs and creating a plan to build the business infrastructure needed to sustain and grow.  

“The Export Insights Workshop in the Bishop’s Gate Hotel will take you through the practical ways in which you can plan for and achieve success in new markets.

“Participants will have the opportunity to find out more about how the Gateway to Growth Export Programme can help their business to develop and how to avail of the support on offer.”

Services included in the Export Programme include Export Skills Development Workshops, One to one export readiness assessments, Networking and Development Opportunities, Working Groups on market research, market selection and market development, access to in market support, trade missions and funding for in market activities.

The Export Insights Workshop will be held on Tuesday March 3rd 2020 at Bishops Gate Hotel from 9am – 12.30pm for registration details visit

Enterprise Week 2020 will feature workshops, information seminars, networking events and drop in clinics offering support and guidance on a range of business matters such as financial advice, branding, driving innovation and promoting women in business and first hand advice from industry recognised guest speakers.

Keep up to date on Social Media by following @Business Support Derry Strabane on Facebook, @dcscbusiness on Twitter and using the hashtag #EW2020.