Kildare LEO Launches Export Development Programme

Kildare Local Enterprise Office Launches

Export Development Programme

Access New Markets and Discover Export Opportunities with Kildare Local Enterprise Office

For businesses seeking increased revenue, or looking for a solution to challenges posed by Brexit or the pandemic, there is a wide range of support available to develop an export strategy to target new business in Europe and beyond. 

Kildare Local Enterprise Office have just launched their highly requested Export Development Programme for businesses in Kildare looking to explore new export markets - designed by global experts to challenge and support scaling export potential. 

Kildare Local Enterprise Office have partnered with global economic development consultancy HMC Global to deliver the programme which will provide businesses with access to experienced mentors and practical support. It will also provide a forum where ambitious entrepreneurs can share exporting experiences and challenges, gain new perspectives, engage in collaboration, and focus on growth opportunities.

About the Programme:

What will I gain from this programme?

Throughout the 3 month programme, you will gain:
  • An understanding of how to explore new markets and the challenges involved in getting export ready for those markets
  • An objective assessment of your business' export readiness and a tailored development plan
  • Clearly defined growth and export objectives
  • Key export and marketing skills to build sustainable capacity to export
  • A fully developed and practical market entry action plan
  • Active engagement with potential buyers
  • Increased understanding of funding options for export

What will the programme involve?

The programme will deliver the following:
  1. A detailed export readiness assessment to determine your business' current capabilities and what you need to improve and develop to successfully grow your business through exporting
  2. 6 half-day workshops providing you with key sales and export skills, as well as management training on how to embed these skills within the wider business team
  3. 1-to-1 mentoring delivered over a period of 9 hours split across 3 sessions per participant to help you to develop your export plan
  4. 1 day of market research activity per business, delivered to you by the HMC Global research team throughout the programme. This will help you to effectively evaluate markets, create prospective buyer lists, qualify customers and ensure your export plans are implemented in a timely manner.
  5. The ultimate output of this programme will be detailed, well researched, and actionable "Market Entry Action Plan" that you can use to avail of further public and private funding supports for export growth.

Programme Cost and Details:

  • In order to ensure that you receive the best support for your business and to help you meet your growth ambitions, there is a heavily subsidised cost of €200 per company

  • The programme will be delivered over a 3-month timeframe beginning in September and closing in November 2021

  • You will have access to your Local Enterprise Office advisors and HMC Global throughout the duration of this programme

Interested in Applying?

Note: Places are extremely limited and applicants will be scored on the strength of their application. Please see the eligibility criteria below.

If you have any questions regarding your application please email


  1. Your business must be incorporated and situated in Kildare.
  2. Your business must be established and trading for greater than 18 months.
  3. Your business either manufactures or provides a tradeable service with potential to trade internationally.
  4. Your business has the potential to export outside of Ireland - you may already be exporting or you are looking to explore new markets,
  5. It is a realistic prospect that your product or service can gain a foothold in markets such as Northern Ireland, UK, and beyond.