Project information

Index: 1019R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location IRELAND IRELAND Kilkenny Southern and Eastern Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2010
End: On going

Topic of the practice

Internationalization, professional networking and information exchange

Good Practice Information

The International Fair fund was established in 2010 to assist Crafts Council of Ireland enterprises in accessing international markets. It focuses specifically on commercially-focused craft businesses who have a strong export strategy and who have the skills and capacity to operate in the market they are targeting. The fund is open to all commercially-focused craft enterprises with a proven record
in domestic retail markets and who have a product that is suitable for export markets. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support, on a match-funding basis, to makers for attending wholesale fairs abroad. It is open to all registered clients in the Republic of Ireland and funding is for attendance at international trade events in the UK, Europe and USA.

Evidence of success

2013 is the 3rd year of this fund. To date the fund has enabled over 42 clients to reach 33 consumer and trade events across 5 countries. According to the organizers, the impacts are very positive – enabling makers to establish their brand in markets they have researched and identified as suitable to their business. In many cases order levels are strong – and the profile-raising element is key.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Nicola Doran

Crafts Council of Ireland

Annex completed on: 08-08-2014

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