New competition promises to launch local businesses into exciting new markets

Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales is shown with John Magee, Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Results Limited and Ursula OLoughlin Head of Economic Development at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales is shown with John Magee, Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Results Limited and Ursula OLoughlin Head of Economic Development at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has hosted a Business Breakfast - with a competitive twist.

In a move to support the growth and development of the economy as a number one priority, the council have launched a major international marketing competition for local businesses.

The networking event took place at The Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena and allowed businesses from across the Borough to learn more about export opportunities and the support available from InterTradeIreland, particularly in relation to cross-border exporting.

Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, encouraged local businesses to explore new export markets to develop the products and services that can give them the competitive edge to deliver sustained growth and increased levels of quality employment in Mid and East Antrim.

Cllr Wales said: “This type of initiative is an excellent example of how Council wants to stimulate, encourage and support local businesses to take in some cases the first step to break into new export markets.”

John Magee, Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Results Limited added that the competition would be a great platform for local businesses.

He said: “This is a major opportunity for businesses to find customers anywhere in the world - for free.

“We invite entries from businesses of any size and from any sector. It does not matter if they have no experience of exporting.

“This is the ideal opportunity to find out what an overseas market thinks of new products or services. There is not a faster, more effective way of exploring new markets,” he said.

The 10 winners of this innovative competition will be invited to visit the corporate website, www.overseasresults.com and select any country in the world they wish to find customers.

The closing date for entries is midnight on December, 31 2016. Winners will be drawn randomly week commencing 9 January 2017 at the Council offices. Full competition terms and conditions are available on the competition entry form online.

To enter the competition just visit www.overseasresults.com/maeacompetition.