Help and support for exporting

Export training programmes


Training programmes and seminars provide an opportunity to get a feel for the potential of overseas markets. There is a range of export training and support available for you to access.

Invest Northern Ireland programmes

Currently, Invest NI delivers the Going Dutch programme which can help you gain access to Holland.  This assistance provides businesses with consultancy support, in addition to helping you with tailored market research and market visits.

  • Going Dutch - a structured programme to help businesses with little or no experience of trading outside the British Isles to explore new opportunities in Holland.

Invest Northern Ireland seminars

Invest Northern Ireland holds free seminars to help businesses explore export opportunities. These sessions give companies an understanding of how to do business in specific countries. Invest Northern Ireland's overseas trade advisers are available at the seminars to provide advice. View the Invest NI International Trade Calendar.

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce 

NI Chamber have a suite of tailored programmes of support to help your business grow locally and internationally.

Find out more about NI Chamber training and events.


InterTradeIreland's Digital Sales Supports are designed to help businesses improve and expand their online presence in the cross-border market and beyond.

Supports include Digital Sales Essentials which offers five days of fully funded consultancy over 12 weeks to enable improved online presence, digital marketing and e-commerce capability to eligible companies that trade cross-border.

Support and advice can be tailored and is available in the following areas:

  • websites & e-commerce platforms
  • digital strategy and consulting
  • digital marketing
  • sales via paid digital advertising
  • online customer service
  • e-commerce shipping & fulfilment
  • e-commerce legal considerations and data management

Council export support schemes

Local councils run programmes that provide export support. Current programmes include:

  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council - Advancing Business Growth Programme
    Export support in the form of workshops and up to a maximum of three days one-to-one mentoring - find out more.
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council - Alchemy Programme
    Free bespoke one-to-one mentoring support from an experienced business adviser, to overcome a business challenge or to exploit a business growth opportunity - find out more.
  • Belfast City Council - EU Exit mentoring support
    Free mentoring support for Belfast-based SMEs to deal with the challenges or make the most of EU Exit opportunities - find out more.
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council - International Trade and Development Programme
    Financial support for trade and development missions for businesses who want to be equipped with the relevant in-depth knowledge, know-how and confidence to successfully operate in new markets - find out more.

Business finance and support finder

The Business Finance and Support Finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded sources of assistance including training programmes. Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services.