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Business support

Funding and Support

Specifically aimed at Micro-Enterprises, Elevate has an expert panel of Sales Advisors offering specific expertise to help you to identify and capitalise on the significant cross-border export opportunities that exist on your doorstep.

100% funded by InterTradeIreland, there is up to £5,000/€5,750 (Including VAT) worth of consultancy time available to you. You choose the Advisor that suits your business needs and they work with you to develop a winning sales plan - fast tracking your cross-border exporting journey.

The Elevate Support is available for:

  • To help establish that exporting successfully is key to the future growth of the company, the following areas will be assessed; background to the business, current activities of the business, current marketing collateral, product, experience, staff and management commitment, capacity & capability, finances, pricing, payment issues, competitors and route to market.

  • Our experts can help identify the sales capabilities that need to be learned & improved to help drive results for your business and performance across sales teams.

  • Identifying sales prospects helps businesses determine if a sales lead is worth pursuing as a potential customer. Get help to develop a database of leads and qualifying them to become a potential customer.

  • An export marketing & sales plan will set out how your business has investigated its target cross-border market and determine how your product/service will sell successfully into that market.

  • Getting the design of marketing materials right can help you sell into your export markets.

  • The practice of coordinating the various activities necessary to produce and deliver goods and services to your customers.

  • Get assistance with your sourcing requirements and help identifying new cross- border suppliers.

  • Exporting can be profitable for businesses of any size. Exporters grow sales faster, create more jobs and are more resilient. An export strategy decides how your company will export to the cross-border market. It will determine the pricing strategy, the product/service that will be sold and how it will be exported.

How it works

  • Review the basic eligibility criteria or contact one of our team on 028 3083 4100 (048 from Ireland) or email

  • On receipt of your application form and accounts, these will be assessed and checked. We will contact you if we require any further information to support your application. If applicable, feedback is obtained from other economic development agencies e.g. InvestNI, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Agency, Local Enterprise Office. Your application will be assessed by a panel, who meet on a monthly basis (subject to change). If your application is approved, you will be notified immediately.

  • Shortly after approval, you will receive a Letter of Offer, once this is signed and returned you will receive a link to a database of our approved consultants. You can then search this database for a consultant that matches your requirements. Your chosen Consultant will support you through the process.

  • An Elevate project lasts up to 4 months. Upon completion, you will submit a conclusion report which will outline the overall impact Elevate has had in helping to increase cross-border sales. You will also be required to complete an online satisfaction survey to release payment to the Consultant. As a condition of the Letter of Offer, InterTradeIreland will continue to monitor progress for up to three years after completion of the support.

Elevate appeals process

  1. Applicants will be notified of the InterTradeIreland Assessment Panel decision by email within five working days of the assessment meeting.
  2. If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal the assessment panel decision. The appeal and related documentation must be submitted by return email to: within ten working days of notification of the original panel decision.
  3. In your appeal, you must directly address the reasons why your application was rejected and provide information requested on any other issues identified by the assessment panel.
  4. The appeal will be considered at the next scheduled assessment panel meeting and applicants will be notified by email of the final decision within five working days of the assessment meeting.
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