If you are at the early stage of assessing the potential of developing a cross-border business plan then there are many financial, logistical and regulatory questions which may need answered. InterTradeIreland can offer your business financial support worth up to £1000 (euro equivalent) plus VAT towards professional advice through our Trade Accelerator Voucher which covers the following areas;
export readiness – sales and marketing advice to help you scope the potential business opportunity in your opposite jurisdiction
tendering – only available after completing the ‘Go To Tender’ programme
Our Trade Accelerator Voucher can help your business get advice from participating expert providers in Northern Ireland and Irelandand can be redeemed against the cost of practical advice and expertise on specific issues.
It is very straightforward to apply for Trade Accelerator funding. All we need you to do is to answer some simple questions and provide some basic information.
Your business must be a have less than 10 employees
Annual turnover not exceeding €2m/£1.7m.
You must be a manufacturing or internationally tradable service company.
You must have a satisfactory trading history in your home market (minimum 18 months)
The assistance requested must relate to cross border trade and business.
If applying for Export Readiness (sales/marketing advice) your total cross border turnover must not exceed 30%. And you must have a sufficiently unique product that does not displace existing products in the market place.
Are there any exclusions?
Small Businesses in the transportation and agricultural sectors are excluded in line with specific State Aid guidelines.
Terms and Conditions
Companies aspiring to do business within the other jurisdiction for the first time are particularly welcome.
Applications will only be accepted from companies with 10 employees or less.
You may only have one ‘active’ Voucher at any point in time.
Our decision in the award of the Vouchers will be final and no discussions will be entered into with third parties.
The Vouchers are non-transferable.
The Voucher is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid as stated in the documentation for the First Stop Shop.