A year on since its inception, the Tradebridge programme is continuing to provide great opportunities for Wexford companies to develop links with the other side of the Atlantic. Set up by Wexford Enterprise Centre, Wexford County Council and Enterprise Ireland, the aim was to develop trade between companies in Wexford and Savannah, Georgia. One year on, those behind the scheme say that lots of business has taken place between the regions and it has now also expanded to take in the whole of the South East.
'We are delighted to announce that Tradebridge has over-achieved its ambitious pilot phase targets,' said CEO of Wexford Enterprise Centre Brendan Ennis. 'Following on from the successful pilot, Tradebridge now has ambitious plans to launch as a Regional Development Program for the South East. We're busy securing the right mix of regional partners who between them will have the capability to bring Tradebridge to the next level. We aim to launch a competitive call for applications from companies based in the South East later in the year.'
Recently, Tradebridge teamed up with the 'Savannah Gateway Regional Showcase' in Savannah's World Trade Centre and the focus was on Wexford and South East. Among the organisations to take part were Kersia, Kent Stainless, Eishtec, Profitsflow, Raceix, Wexford Opera Festival and Transfermate. All participants are targeting growth in the US having developed opportunities from the trip.
CEO of Wexford based firm Kersia Michael Gately said: 'Kersia had very high expectations for our recent trade mission to Savannah and even those expectations were surpassed. The connections we made in Savannah would be next to impossible to make without participating in Tradebridge and we anticipate incremental opportunities to increase our existing business in Savannah and Coastal Georgia.'
To register your interest in the Regional Tradebridge Program email firstname.lastname@example.org.