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Wicklow & Kildare SMEs Scale Export Potential with HMC Global

HMC’s Export Development Programme designed and delivered on behalf the Local Enterprise Offices, Wicklow and Kildare, was designed to give practical support to small businesses to get focused on their export plans and scale their export potential.

Since the programme commenced last September, 14 companies from Wicklow and Kildare have benefited from access to experienced mentors and practical support for developing their export plans. Six interactive group workshops also provided an online forum where ambitious local entrepreneurs could share their exporting experiences and challenges, learn from each other, get new perspectives, discover potential for collaborations and get focused on growth opportunities in international markets.

Local companies participating in the programme saw significant benefits for their businesses.

Peter Baxter, of Rathnew-based Create School, describes the value of the programme to him: “This course was a valuable asset to my business and one of the best  investments of my own time and resources, as the returns far outweighed the time invested in the course” (

According to another participant, Roisin O’ Farrell, “ When we began the programme, I said that “We don’t know what we don’t know”. The programme gave us the knowledge of what was involved in exporting and a framework to implement what we learned.( )

Barry O’Neill of Kilcoole-based O Brother Brewing Ltd, recommends the Export Development Programme to other small businesses,  describing it as, “one of the most well run, challenging, and directly actionable programs I have had the pleasure of  working on. A must for any SME starting out, or building, their export journey” ( )

Former engineer and founder of Mic’s Chilli, Michael Wejchert, also see the  benefits in “a wonderful programme that has really expanded my skills and opportunities for the future.” ( )

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