Inside Out EU Interreg-funded project

Alongside partners from seven EU regions, the Department participated in an Interreg-funded project called Inside Out EU. The project ended on 31 March 2020.


The purpose of this project was to foster the internationalisation of SMEs through collaboration inside and outside the regions. Too few small businesses in Europe export beyond the EU. Increasing the internationalisation of SMEs and helping them access third markets is crucial for Europe's competitiveness. Inside Out EU project logo

Virtuous triangle

In this context, Inside Out EU attempts to address the problems SMEs face when going international and will help them overcome these challenges reinforcing the so called virtuous triangle: "collaboration-innovation-internationalisation". 

Local stakeholders

The Department worked alongside a number of local stakeholders to deliver this project, which included:

  • Invest NI
  • Intertrade Ireland
  • Local Councils
  • Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce

Further information

Further information on the project can be found on the Inside Out EU project website.

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