Explore the world of export, from information about trade fairs to advice on whether you’re ready to go global.

If you’re running an established Irish design or craft business and would like to start exporting there are a number of ways we can help: 

Showcase - Ireland's International Creative Expo®

Driven by a direct marketing initiative in partnership with Enterprise Ireland’s network of overseas offices, Showcase (a trade show held annually in Dublin every January) attracts over 1,100 international buyers each year, coming from USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and a host of other countries. The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) highly recommends this show as the first step on the export ladder for most craft companies that wish to export to shops abroad. www.showcaseireland.com

Design Ireland at Showcase
Design Ireland is a dedicated space at Showcase promoting products designed and made in Ireland, providing a platform for quality Irish craft makers to meet retail buyers in a single contemporary and buyer-friendly area. DCCI promotes the best of Irish craft “Designed & Made in Ireland” to visiting retailers from abroad through Design Ireland. Makers are selected for this programme from a wide field and need to demonstrate a high level of skill in design and making, new product development, merchandising and selling, and marketing and branding www.showcaseireland.com/visit/design-ireland. See our Opportunities section for the relevant call out to be part of Design Ireland.

International Fair Fund

For registered DCCI clients who are export ready, our International Fair Fund offers financial support in exhibiting at trade fairs abroad. Funding is allocated following an application and an independent selection process. Selected applicants can receive funding up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of exhibiting - up to certain limits. Terms and conditions apply. Call outs take place in November / December for shows taking place the following year. Please contact Nicola Doran for details and see our Opportunities section for the relevant call out.

Are you export ready?

Exporting offers huge opportunities to extend your sales potential. However, taking on international markets isn’t for every business and there’s lots to think about before you start. DCCI recommends in most cases that you have an established business at home before you consider selling abroad. If you are interested in exploring the potential for your business, try this easy to use online assessment to see if you are export ready.

If you are export ready, DCCI recommends applying for Showcase and/or the International Fair Fund. If you are not but would like to get to that point, we offer a range of mentoring and development supports to our registered client enterprises.

For more information on any of our export programmes, please contact us.

Driving Export

A DCCI/LEO partnership programme on export development to ensure export readiness and explore different routes to overseas markets. See our Opportunities section for relevant call-outs.