Tradelinks’ is a micro-enterprise development programme managed and delivered jointly by the six Border County Enterprise Boards and Enterprise Northern Ireland.
The Tradelinks Programme is a wide-ranging suite of business support measures which is aimed at addressing barriers to trade by providing a framework for a co-ordinated intervention to support micro enterprises based in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland i.e. the “Border Corridor”. This strategic approach is designed to support businesses displaying entrepreneurial flair, but which do not have access to a continuous programme of company development, to become more sustainable and competitive; and to generate greater added value, earnings and wealth within their host communities.
The Tradelinks Objectives are as follows:
- To increase the growth potential of indigenous micro businesses by enhancing exporting capability and employment generation opportunities, and by addressing barriers to cross border trade.
- To encourage micro businesses to investigate the opportunities afforded by new technology i.e. e-commerce, internet marketing.
- To encourage micro businesses to engage in new market and new product development by establishing business to business links and business to education/research links.
- To encourage innovation by assisting micro businesses to adopt and implement new technologies, new management methods and best practises.
- To create stronger partnerships between enterprise support agencies on both sides of the border through collaboration in devising and delivering enterprise support programmes, which are consistent, quality driven, and offer good value for money.