Market visit to Ireland


Ireland multi-sector market visit

Join our three-day multi-sector market visit to Ireland on 27-29 November 2019 to explore opportunities for your business

Why Ireland?

Ireland is the UK’s largest export market for food and drink and second largest market for clothing, fashion and footwear. With trade in other sectors continuing to grow, and two-way trade stands at over 1 billion EUR per week, Ireland is an ideal first step market for UK companies.

Strengths of the Irish market include:

  • strong bilateral trade between the two countries
  • strong economic environment
  • flexibility and range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) representing 99.8% of active enterprises in Ireland
  • 3 million British tourists visit Ireland every year
  • highly educated workforce

Benefits for UK businesses exporting to Ireland include:

  • English speaking
  • same time zone
  • strong transport links
  • similar regulatory and legal framework
  • ideal starter or test export market
  • sophisticated consumer market
  • open economy, used to imports
  • good perception of the quality of British goods and services

Sector opportunities

The market visit will be multi sector. However, the following sectors have been identified by our Scottish Development International (SDI) field team as offering good opportunities:

  • Financial and business services
  • Chemical sciences
  • Technology digital and media
  • Life sciences
  • Food and drink
  • Engineering and advanced manufacturing
  • Construction

Draft programme

Wednesday 27 November

  • Travel to Dublin
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Delegates welcome dinner

Thursday 28 November

  • Market briefing
  • One-to-one meetings/site visits
  • St Andrews Day Reception

Friday 29 November

  • Optional one-to-one meetings
  • Travel back to Scotland

Market visit support

SDI will support companies attending before, during and after the market visit with the following:

  • Connect with experts and professionals on the ground, such as SDI market specialists, business associations, Department for International Trade (DIT), local businesses, accountants, solicitors
  • Provide market research to support delegates to set up one to one meetings with potential agents, distributors, clients, buyers, partners while in market
  • Export training prior to the visit to make sure all delegates are market ready and understand the culture, finance, route to market options
  • Financial funding for 50% flights and accommodation (up to £200) for eligible companies

Companies are responsible for booking own flights and accommodation. However, we will suggest flights and hotels, so the delegation can travel as a group and stay in the same location.

How to apply

Download an application form (MS Word Doc, 73kB)

Email your completed application form to by Friday 30 August 2019.

Ireland multi-sector market visit


Scottish Enterprise

Fee: Financial funding for 50% flights and accommodation (up to £200) for eligible companies.

Date and time

27 - 29 November 2019


Various venues