Upcoming Events

The Enterprise Europe Network organises a variety of events where you can meet potential business partners and learn all you need to know to expand your business in Europe.

Since its launch in 2008 the Network brought more than 90,000 companies to international brokerage events and company missions. Check our Events section regularly for the latest listing.

12/04/2018 - 13/04/2018

Beyond Local - Why making your marketplace international makes sense

Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal Town, Co Donegal

Taking your business into the global marketplace makes perfect sense if you are a small or medium enterprise - and it means that you are much more likely to survive in the globally competitive business climate.

International activities reinforce growth, enhance competitiveness and support the long-term sustainability of SME's, making them more resistant to local and national crises.

However the decision to internationalise, requires planning, flexibility and the ability to adapt.  Now, more than ever - in a time of major political and market changes - it is time for businesses to adopt an international outlook.

There is strong evidence to show that internationally active businesses are more innovative and perform better than those who have not embraced internationalisation.  Even the smallest business can internationalise successfully, but it would appear many do not have the ambition, the information or the knowledge to do so.

This conference, through information and inspiration, aims to inspire those that have not yet made the decision to move outside their current national markets and strengthen the resolve and ambition of those that have already taken on this challenge.

Drawing primarily from the experiences of Irish and International businesses and practitioners who embrace international opportunities, it will provide a unique opportunity for both businesses and business support agencies to gain valuable insights, meet with other businesses and agencies and learn from their peers.

Register your interest now and we'll forward you the full programme and speaker details in the coming weeks!

​Thursday April 12th 2018 

​13.00     Registration

14.00     Taking Your Business into International Markets - Steve Murnaghan, Netherlands Ireland Trade Consultants, Amsterdam

15.00     Gerry Moan of Smart Invest Ventures will facilitate Business Brokerage and Networking - Business to Business and Business to Agency Meetings

18.00     Conference Reception

​Friday April 13th 2018 

​08.00     Registration

09.15     Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, Minister, Minister Joe Mc Hugh, Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with Responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Representative Northern and Western Regional Assembly, European Commission Representative

10.45     Tea/Coffee & Networking

11.15     Regional Approaches to Supporting - Representative Northern and Western Regional Assembly, Mr Allan Kondrup Jensen, Business Development Centre, Central Denmark, Mr Gian Luca Baldoni, Regione Emilia Romagna, Italy, Ms Emer O'Byrne, Senior Marketing Executive, International Sales and Partnering, Enterprise Ireland, International Case Study, Cormac Diamond, MD BlocBlinds, Nicola Byrne, Founder of 11890 and www.riskeye.ie and current president of the Irish Exporters Association, 2 irish case studies

13.15     Lunch

14.00     Keynote Speaker

14.30     Round table with Questions and Answers - Chaired by Pat McDonagh, 2 businesses, 2 support practitioners

16.00     Summary of Conference - discussion and learning

16.30     Conclusion

Further information/How to register

Please contact the event organisers for further information

Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, phone 00353749160735

Event organiser website