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The third and final phase of the Tradelinks Programme is about to end. The Programme, which is funded by the EU’s Regional Development Fund through the Interreg IVA Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the Republic of Ireland, has supported over 1350 micro-enterprises across Northern Ireland and the six Border Counties in the Republic of Ireland.

New public procurement guidelines that make it easier for small businesses to bid for work across the entire public sector were announced recently by Brian Hayes, T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works.

The Northern Ireland economy, while "well into recovery", is still lagging in growth compared to other UK regions, according to a new report.

Over 130 organisations took part in a major cross-border trade event in Monaghan on Wednesday, 14th May.

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Jobs and Minister for the Environment officially launched the nationwide system of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on the 29th April 2014.

Northern Ireland innovation is leading the world across a host of technologies – and now the hunt is on for the top visionary thinker for 2014.

From fashion to furniture, beauty creams to bog buddies, more than 90 small Irish craft businesses exhibited their products to international buyers within the ‘Enterprise Zone’ at this year’s Showcase event which took place in the RDS Dublin in January.

The recovery of Northern Ireland's private sector gained momentum at the start of 2014, a survey of businesses has suggested.

Microfinance Ireland has been funded by the Irish Government to provide loans to newly established and growing microenterprises (turnover less than €2m; staff less than 10) across all industry sectors that do not meet the conventional risk criteria applied by banks.

Marketing plans are just for big businesses, aren’t they? Wrong! A marketing plan is a vital document for a business of any size to keep on track and achieve defined business goals.

Enterprise Northern Ireland (ENI) in partnership with the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) is an official Delivery Partner of The Start Up Loans Company, delivering loans and mentoring to entrepreneurs.

Consumers prefer to look for businesses online, yet more than half of local businesses lack a website, new research from hibu, a leading provider of marketing services to businesses, reveals Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Ireland are making themselves invisible to potential customers because they are not keeping pace with consumers’ preference for using the web and social media to find local businesses.

Businesses from Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo gathered at a cross-border digital marketing event held in Enniskillen last week. The Digital & Social Media Marketing Event, which took place at the Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen, informed local firms on how digital marketing can assist them develop their business, particularly when trading on a cross-border basis.

Co. Antrim company, Tinsdale Furniture Design, were winners of the prestigious ENI ‘Exporter of the Year’ Award announced at a presentation event held in the Holiday Inn, Belfast. The company have significantly increased their export sales and markets both in the Republic of Ireland and GB as a result of their participation on the Tradelinks programme.

The 2012 Startup Awards in association with Vodafone Ireland will take place on Thursday, May 24th 2012 at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin

A senior delegation from the Kosovar administration visited the UK on the week beginning 7 October 2013 . It consisted of officials from the Ministry of Local Government Administration, the Ministry of European Integration and the three joint CBC management structures. The delegation met with the Tradelinks Management team in Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency to learn from the Tradelinks project in relation to best practice delivery, programme administration and outputs.

Firms in the North West and South East areas of the Interreg IVA eligible region were challenged to grow their business digitally at cross-border events held in Derry-Londonderry and Banbridge

TAKE TWO – SECOND TRADELINKS PROGRAMME SECURES £3M TO ASSIST CROSS BORDER MICRO ENTERPRISES

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The Tradelinks Programme is currently supporting, Newry client SIMM Enviromental Ltd. Through the support provided to SIMM, local businesses and consumers will benefit from a move towards self-regulation by leading companies within the waste water treatment sector in Northern Ireland. SIMM is a new collaboration between members of the water treatment industry supply chain seeking to represent and regulate the industry.

Two companies supported by Roe Valley Enterprises, namely the Kevin Watson Group and T McLaughlin & Sons have recently been successful in gaining accreditation for implementing quality systems through the Tradelinks 2 Programme.

A large turnout of small businesses from across Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland came to Larne for an opportunity to meet with buyers from the public and private sectors.

The Tradelinks 2 Cross Border Networking Event, aimed at providing local businesses throughout Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of ROI with an opportunity to build links with potential new customers and suppliers, both North and South of the Border, was held recently at the Killyhelvin Hotel, Enniskillen.

A Business Development Programme being run by Cookstown Enterprise Centre is proving very popular with local businesses. The Tradelinks Programme is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme and is delivered locally by Cookstown Enterprise Centre.

T McLaughlin & Sons Ltd., a family business established in 1965 with extensive experience of civil engineering, demolition, haulage and plant hire has recently secured 18 months work on a Social Housing Development Project in Derry.

Over 150 organisations took part in a highly successful cross-border trade event in Monaghan on Wednesday, 28th September 2011.

The management excellence of Enterprise Northern Ireland (ENI) has been rewarded as the organisation was named the ‘Outstanding Training Provider’ at the prestigious Chartered Management Institute awards in central London. Enterprise Northern Ireland is the Lead Partner for the Tradelinks 2 programme.

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