A survey conducted by Enterprise Ireland of client companies exporting to the UK has revealed that 92% see opportunities for growth in the United Kingdom post-Brexit.
The survey, conducted as part of the Agency’s new ‘Evolve UK’ initiative, has shown that Irish exporting companies are bullish about their future UK exports and growth prospects. Of those surveyed, 64% said they are optimistic about their UK exports in 2020 and 2021, with only 6% pessimistic.
With a view to consolidating and growing Irish exports to the UK which stood at €7.8bn in 2018 and extending the footprint to new growth regions within the market, in 2019, Enterprise Ireland opened a new office in Manchester.
Furthermore, Enterprise Ireland has launched Evolve UK to provide strategic intelligence and counsel to companies exporting to the UK. As part of the initiative, the Enterprise Ireland UK team will be delivering a programme of webinars, events, exporter guides and reports that detail market opportunities and changes.
Commenting on the Evolve UK initiative, UK Manager at Enterprise Ireland, Deirdre McPartlin said, "Recently, we held our first UK Local Authority Forum which gave our client companies direct access to UK local authorities and presented the opportunities within this sector which has a combined expenditure budget of £100bn last year. By combining our customs and other Brexit supports with market insights, the team in London and Manchester remains a committed partner for our clients to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."