Two home-grown companies are expecting their sales levels to increase as a result of taking part in the innovative Gateways to Growth Project’s ‘Meet the Buyer Event’ held recently in Belfast.
Frank Lennon & Stephen Englishby of Trailervision Ireland
Trailer Vision Ireland (Ardee) and Health Force (Newbliss) were among 200 firms – represented by Suppliers and Buyers from the border counties of the Republic of Ireland and across Northern Ireland – who attended the event at Belfast’s Ramada Hotel.
The event was part of Gateways to Growth project which is supported by the European ’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered in partnership with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and COMET Councils in Northern Ireland.
The project provides sales, networking and business to business support opportunities, with participants given the opportunity to pitch to both local and international Buyers.
Stephen Englishby, Owner Manager of Trailer Vision, the sole distributors in Ireland for the Trailer Vision range of Digital Wireless Vehicle Camera Systems, was a Supplier at the event.
“We attended the Meet the Buyer Event in June this year and found the whole event to be very relaxed and thoroughly informative. There was a great opportunity to network with other attendees and we had a great opportunity to network with the Buyers who were in attendance on the day”.
He added: “We are always looking for opportunities to promote our products to a wider market, especially in to the Northern Ireland Market. The Meet the Buyer Event was instrumental for us in that we easily achieved this on the day. We have already been in discussions with some of the buyers and we would not have been able to achieve this without the event being run”.
Anne Marie Graham, Managing Director of Health Force, who attended the event as a Supplier said: “We have made some very warm introductions that we expect will convert to business in the future”.
She also commented: “The pre-event sales and networking training, which was provided as part of our participation fee, was very informative and very useful. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Gateways to Growth project to any business looking to expand their services into Northern Ireland.”
If you are a local Supplier and would like to apply to be part of the Gateways to Growth Project contact Melanie Fitzpatrick at Dundalk Chamber via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 042 9336343.