Exporting – tapping into global markets to grow your business

Explore the world of export, from developing an export plan to targeting global markets.

Accessing internatioanal markets can be the next step in growing your business.  If you’re running an established Irish craft and design business and would like to start exporting there are a number of ways we can help: 

  • Through exhibiting at Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo® (takes place in Dublin in January each year)

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 not quite ready 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.

If you are export ready, DCCI recommends exploring the options below to find the support that is right for your business.

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

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.