The eBSI Export Academy, in collaboration with Venture Point (Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board) and the Irish Exporters Association have launched the first edition of a new export training programme – Export Development Foundation Programme – designed for SME’s and individuals with little or no export knowledge in order to take them through the first steps toward initiating their own export activity.


Thomas Smith, from eBSI with a number of EDFP participants at the
Dubln Inaugural Seminar on 4 September 2004.



eBSI Specialist Advisor, Raymond Johnson (left) speaking at the seminar.
Above some of the EDFP participants discuss their experiences.

eBSI staff and EDFP participants enjoy lunch
together courtesy of Venture Point.

The Export Development Foundation Programme has four essential objectives:

  1. Advancement of competence within SME companies for export development.
  2. Networking of knowledge and expertise of SME’s participating in EDFP.
  3. Learning by best practice from experienced facilitators and Irish SME export success.
  4. Development of ‘Ready, Steady, Go, Export Presentation’ for export activity.

The programme commenced on 4 September 2004 and will run every four months. Next roll-out will be in January 2005.

The cost per participant under this sponsored programme is €420 (with the remainder being subsidised by the following County Enterprise Boards: Dublin City, South Dublin, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare).

If your organisation is based in any of these areas and you wish to participate in this practical export programme please contact:

Thomas Smith
electronic Business School International
(094) 9381444

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