Trade missions

5 Korean exporters meeting business partners in the Czech Republic and Poland

Completion: 2017 - 11
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: Following several successful missions to the Czech Republic, the Suwon City government decided to bring another group of 5 exporters, this time to Poland and the Czech Republic. EasyLink was again tasked with overall organization of the trade mission in both countries.
Results: EasyLink screened and approached over 230 companies in Poland and nearly 190 in the Czech Republic. The Korean products introduced in both markets included eco-friendly disinfectants, kitchen waste disposal systems, an innovative IR switch, video analysis system and work protection smart earplug. We managed to arranged 20 one-to-one meetings in each country. We also took care of all logistics (transfers from/to the airport, to the meeting venue), chose appropriate restaurants for group dinners and helped to coordinate communication with interpreters in both countries. All 5 Korean exporters were extremely happy about the outcomes of their meetings and expressed credit to and appreciation of EasyLink's services. The Suwon City government already advised their intention to organize 2 upcoming trade missions to the CEE in 2018.
   

Lisburn City Council Trade Mission to Poland

Completion: 2017 - 11
Target markets: PL
Objective: EasyLink was again commissioned by the Lisburn City Council to support and organize meetings for 4 Northern Irish companies interested in finding end-customers, distributors or sourcing partners in Poland. Covered market sectors included mushroom growing, firewood and wooden garden furniture, fireplaces and stoves and conveyor belts for the crushing and screening sector.
Results: The scope of work included in-market services from customized partner selection to setting up individual meetings as well as organizing all related assistance, travels arrangements, briefing and translation where needed. The Lisburn companies gained interest from 22 companies and EasyLink Poland organized meetings with 19 of them to suit the time-frame, travel distance and availability of the host companies.
   

Multi-sector Trade Mission from the UK visits Hungary and Slovakia

Completion: 2017 - 10
Target markets: SK,HU
Objective: Participants consisted of a leading UK waste processor, fitness equipment distributor, ground investigation specialist, provider of eLearning solution and a supplier of a novel solution for consumer-tracking. All 5 companies chose to visit Hungary and 3 opted to visit Slovakia as well.
Results: EasyLink contacted a combined number of 240 companies in the 2 countries, out of which 47 companies expressed interest in meeting the client and meetings were organized with 36 counterparts during a week-long visit in October 2017. All itineraries contained tailored market insights, profiles of all positive partners with detailed information on the company’s activities, size, carried brands, contact person to follow-up with, and any notes and feedback provided by the contact person(s). An overview of pending and negative replies as well as details on travel and interpreter arrangements was also provided in each report.
   

Seven Northern Irish companies explore Poland and the Czech Republic

Completion: 2017 - 06
Target markets: PL&CZ
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize meetings for and support a multi-sector trade mission of 7 companies from the UK. Participants included: premium menswear brand, producer of frozen and chilled meat products supplying retail chains, producer of crushing and screening equipment, designer and builder of recycling lines, waste processor, industrial cleaning services provider and luxury self-tanning brand. 3 companies chose to visit both the Czech Republic and Poland whereas 2 companies opted for Poland and 2 for the Czech Republic.
Results: EasyLink approached each project individually and compiled highly tailored meeting itineraries for all participants. Altogether, 220 companies were screened and contacted and 44 meetings were arranged with highly qualified prospective partners for a week-long visit in June 2017. EasyLink also provided in-market assistance, including group and individual transfer arrangements, translation and accompaniment to meetings and after-meeting support.
   

5 Korean exporters meeting business partners in the Czech Republic

Completion: 2017 - 05
Target markets: CZ
Objective: Following three successful trade missions to the Czech Republic in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the City of Suwon brought another group of South Korean exporters to meet prospective partners in the Czech Republic.
Results: EasyLink again researched the market, this time in the following sectors: LED lights, electronic shelf labels, PPA granulate, digital locks and vacuum probe stations. We approached the total of 170 companies across sectors and arranged 18 meetings in the conference room of Prague Holiday Inn Hotel. We also assisted with all logistics arrangements, interpreting services and group dinners in Prague. Since the client was very happy with our achievements, EasyLink was again selected as the service provider of November 2017 trade mission of companies from Suwon to the Czech Republic and Poland.
   

Multi-sector trade mission of Mauritian exporters to Hungary

Completion: 2017 - 05
Target markets: HU
Objective: Following a successful buyers-sellers meeting organized by EasyLink in 2016 in Prague, Enterprise Mauritius, the government trade development agency again commissioned EasyLink to organize a similar event in Budapest. BSM Budapest took place on 8 and 9 May 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Mauritius export production and export capabilities were represented by 3 clothing companies, 4 rum producers and 2 food exporters
Results: EasyLink carried out extensive research based on telephone interviews as well as website screening to pre-select key personnel (owners, managing directors and buyers) for targeted email and phone campaigns. The first Buyers-Sellers Meeting in Budapest was a successful event where 9 Mauritian companies had an opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the most important operators in the Hungarian market. A total of 92 meetings were arranged for the 9 participating companies (10 on average), and 76 meetings were actually held during the two-day event – an average of 8.5 meetings per company, high above the minimum target of 5 meetings per company set by EM for this project. Additionally, a high-level meeting itinerary was arranged for Enterprise Mauritius representatives, involving ministries of the Hungarian central government, a chamber of commerce and a trade association, sector-specific organizations and media. The overall mission program also included a networking lunch with the participation of key Hungarian buyers and a foreword of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mauritius in Hungary.
   

Trade mission of 8 companies from Virginia (US) to Poland and the Czech Republic

Completion: 2017 - 05
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: Following six previous successful trade mission, the Virginia Economic Development Program (VEDP) again entrusted EasyLink with organization of a trade mission of 8 Virginian companies to Poland and the Czech Republic. EasyLink's teams in both countries conducted an extensive market research, approached over 300 companies, arranged some 80 meetings and provided all the necessary in-market support (car rentals, logistics, interpreting services, accommodation, group dinners etc.).
Results: "Filip and his team were very attentive to everyone's needs during the mission. They met participants each morning to set them off on their way for the day, confirming meetings, transportation and troubleshooting when necessary. Filip's team even provided translation services for the key meetings with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of the Interior, and others. The final itineraries were very detailed, including information on travel between meetings, complete company profiles, relevant market information, as well as trade shows in case these became talking points during any of the meetings. Additionally, the final reports included a listing of all the companies contacted and their initial responses, as there were cases where the Czech companies were interested but not available to meet that week. Therefore, the clients can follow up on their own at a later date to engage in conversation. Top notch service!"
   

Two-sectoral (f&b and textile) B2B trade mission of Mauritian exporters to Czech Republic

Completion: 2017 - 04
Target markets: CZ
Objective: Following a successful buyers-sellers meeting organized by EasyLink in 2016 in Prague, Enterprise Mauritius, the government trade development agency again commissioned EasyLink to organize another edition of that event in Prague. BSM Prague 2017 took place on 24th and 25th of April, 2017, in Hilton Hotel Prague. Mauritius export production and export capabilities were represented by 3 clothing companies and 7 exporters of various food or beverages (rum, fruits, etc.)
Results: The backbone of targeting of potential buyers was done through a massive telephone campaign. Due to existing public and EasyLink's own databases, EL was able to use a targeted approach to prospective partners. During the campaign, four EasyLink consultants managed to speak with over 600 companies and directly informed them about the event. Among other promotional channels, the BSM event was advertised through campaigns run by the World of Trade / World of HoReCa (Svět OBCHODU, Svět HORECA) magazines. EasyLink used also own resources to create event-dedicated website at www.madeinmauritius.cz Based on these targeted email, telemarketing, sectoral, and medial campagins, a total of 105 B2B meetings were arranged for the Mauritian exporters. Some high-profile Czech companies were amongst the potential buyers, such as the largest Czech fruits distributors ČEROZ or Hortim.
   

Trade mission of companies from Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

Completion: 2016 - 10
Target markets: HU,CZ,SK
Objective: As a long-term partner EasyLink was again commissioned to organize a multi-sector trade mission of 8 Northern Irish companies to three CEE countries. The companies came from very diverse backgrounds - e.g. decorative cables, diesel generators, kitchen textile and decoration, detergents, whiskey and liquors, solar applications and renewables, thermo-chemical removal of contaminants from process equipment.
Results: EasyLink managed to cater for diverse needs of particular participants as most of them visited perhaps only one or two of the three markets, while others covered all three countries and had diverse requirements for special in-market support. We arranged the total of 57 highly focused face-to-face meetings in all three countries and our consultants were present on site in each market to overlook smooth course of the entire mission.
   

Trade mission of Dutch environmental technology suppliers to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, October 2016

Completion: 2016 - 10
Target markets: LT,LV,EE
Objective: Following a successful trade mission of environmental technology suppliers to Hungary and Slovakia in 2015, EasyLink was commissioned to arrange meetings and organize a business trip to all three Baltic countries for two Dutch companies.
Results: EasyLink provided initial lists of prospective partners for the clients' review and prioritization. EasyLink in-market counsultants listed over 170 companies, approached over 70 prospects and arranged 30 meetings with interested parties. EasyLink also looked up the best travel options and recommended flight, hotel and rental car arrangements for both clients to make the visit of the three Baltic states as smooth as possible.
   

Mauritius in Prague: Multi-sector trade mission of Mauritian companies to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2016 - 05
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink was approached by Enterprise Mauritius, the government agency promoting trade development and export of Mauritian companies, to organize a buyers-sellers meeting in Prague for 15 Mauritian companies wishing to enter the Czech market. Organization of the event included selection of the meeting venue, organizing a networking lunch for 50+ persons, pre-event marketing campaign (direct mail campaign and dedicated website), set up of the meeting room (exhibition stands, racks), arranging hostesses and interpreters, arranging interviews with sector specific magazines and organizing one-to-one business meetings.
Results: Based on targeted campaigns that comprised of six waves of email blasts to four different database sources and a direct phone call campaign with hundreds of performed calls to selected potential buyers from target segments, a total of 134 meetings were arranged with 53 companies. Given these numbers, relevancy of meetings and very positive responses from the Mauritian delegates, representatives of Enterprise Mauritius and the Czech buyers, EasyLink rates the BSM Prague event as very successful. One of the Mauritian companies expected a deal worth EUR 40.000 to be closed immediately following the BSM Prague event.
   

Trade Mission of Korean LED lighting and electronic product manufacturers to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2016 - 04
Target markets: CZ&AT
Objective: Following the successful missions in 2014 and 2015, the City of Suwon approached EasyLink again to prepare a meeting programme for 5 Korean exporters in Prague and Vienna. The products introduced and promoted included double-sided screen display, LED lights, audio system, AC direct LED driver, etc.
Results: EasyLink shortlisted and approached 229 companies in the Czech Republic and arranged 28 meetings. EasyLink was also responsible for all logistics and interpretation arrangements as well as choice of the meeting venue and restaurants.
   

Lisburn City Council leads 4 companies to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2016 - 03
Target markets: CZ
Objective: As a stable partner of the Lisburn City Council, EasyLink provided support to three companies from Northern Ireland wishing to explore their business opportunities in the Czech market.
Results: The mission participants came from quite diverse industrial backgrounds ranging from conveyor belts, intelligent detection systems to halloween/party costumes and accessories, and haute couture fashion. EasyLink conducted an extensive research and compiled lists of companies to be approached. Each participant received a detailed report with their specific meeting programme and valuable market insight. EasyLink also managed to obtain tickets to the major Prague fashion Show for one of the clients who met with leading Czech fashion designers. We also catered for all logistic issues and accompanied the clients to meetings wherever necessary or requested.
   

Trade mission of companies from Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2016 - 02
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink was again commissioned with preparation and organization of an advanced trade mission of three Northern Irish companies to the Czech Republic. This time the participants included producers of professional detergents, waste managament technology and agricultural and construction machinery.
Results: EasyLink prepared detailed reports for each of the participant containing important data on production, import, competitive landscape, opportunities and potential partners. The clients then had a chance to review the reports and select the best fits to be approached by EasyLink. We organized face-to-face meetings at the prospects' premises and provided the clients with all necessary support (including accompaniment, interpretation, arrangement of car rental and accommodation). All three NI companies were pleased with EasyLink's services and evaluated the mission as highly productive.
   

Trade mission of Northern Ireland companies to the Czech Republic and Poland

Completion: 2015 - 10
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: A group of 7 companies from Northern Ireland joined a trade mission to the Czech Republic and/or Poland with the aim of identifying suitable partners (distributors/end-customers) in each market. The products represented ranged from street furniture, poultry meat, alcoholic beverages, testing equipment for the photonics and electronics sector, kitchen textile and kitchenware, voting booths and ballot boxes etc.
Results: For this 5-day mission in October 2015, EasyLink’s consultants prepared 7 separate itineraries for the Czech Republic and 5 for Poland; the mission participants held altogether 59 meetings. We provided all associated on-site support (accompaniment, interpretation, consultancy), and other related services (venue booking, accommodation, travel arrangements).
   

19 Hong Kong companies on a trade mission to Bratislava, Slovakia

Completion: 2015 - 10
Target markets: SK
Objective: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council's Executive Director Margaret Fong brought a delegation of 19 Hong Kong exporters and traders looking for business partners in Slovakia. As part of the delegation's visit, the programme included a matchmaking session and networking luncheon at a central venue in Bratislava, the capital city.
Results: EasyLink conducted research to identify relevant prospective partners for each of the 19 companies across a diverse range of sectors - from electronic components, through food and houseware products to printing services. An intense matchmaking session with pre-arranged one-to-one meetings provided our clients with a jump start to exploring business opportunities in Central Europe. In total, we organized close to 100 meetings.
   

U.S. multisector trade mission explores 5 CEE countries

Completion: 2015 - 09
Target markets: CZ,PL,HU,LI,EE
Objective: In September 2015, EasyLink organized a trade mission for 4 companies from the U.S. – all four companies visited the Czech Republic and Poland, one company continued to Hungary and another client also explored Estonia and Lithuania. The clients were involved in large electrical engineering projects, defence technologies, furniture and hardwood products.
Results: EasyLink organized a total of 80 meetings for the 4 companies and took care of all in-market travel arrangements, interpreter arrangements and even set up accounts with taxi companies to facilities travelling around Prague and Warsaw. Several our consultants also accompanied the client to the meetings to act as interpreters and to provide guidance and further market insight.
   

5 Korean exporters meeting business partners in the Czech Republic

Completion: 2015 - 06
Target markets: CZ
Objective: Following the successful trade mission of 2014, the International Business Development Division of the City of Suwon commissioned EasyLink to prepare a programme of business meetings for 5 Korean exporters (products introduced included air purifiers, IT equipment, LED lighting, breathalyzers and odour monitoring devices).
Results: EasyLink approached 238 potential partners and organized 24 face-to-face meetings. EasyLink was also responsible for all logistics and interpretation arrangements as well as choice of the meeting venue and restaurants.
   

Trade Mission of Latvian food producers to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2015 - 06
Target markets: CZ
Objective: A group of 4 Latvian food producers joined under the Latvian Food Cluster initiative to explore export opportunities in the Czech Republic. EasyLink was tasked with identification of potential distributors, arrangement of meetings with interested leads and organization of the market visit.
Results: EasyLink conducted market research for each of the trade mission participants and identified suitable distribution partners. We translated and prepared PDF profiles and company literature to be disseminated to interested parties. EasyLink approached over 130 companies, introduced the relevant food producers and subsequently collected the companies’ feedback. We organized 25 face-to-face meetings, made the necessary logistic arrangements and provided interpretation where necessary. “…The companies are very satisfied with the meetings and I hope that I will be able to give you good news about distribution contracts signed in the near future…” (representative of the Latvian Food Cluster delegation).
   

Northern Ireland multi-sector trade mission to the Czech Republic: June 2015

Completion: 2015 - 06
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink regularly organizes trade missions for companies from Northern Ireland. This time the participants’ products included whiskey, diesel gensets, pet food, cloud-based software and filing stationery solutions.
Results: We conducted customized market research and partner selection, and delivered comprehensive market reports to each of the mission participants containing market overview, data on size of the market, competition and potential partners. We had the potential partners reviewed and prioritized by the participants and set up face-to-face meetings, provided all related assistance including venue selection and booking, made travel arrangements and organized a briefing and group networking events. All mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff to provide in-market support. EasyLink received a very positive feedback from all mission participants.
   

Trade mission of Dutch environmental technology suppliers to Slovakia and Hungary, April 2015

Completion: 2015 - 04
Target markets: SK&HU
Objective: The scope of work included all in-market services from customized market research and partner selection to setting up individual meetings as well as organizing all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travels arrangements, briefing and group networking events.
Results: Of the total of 5 participating companies, 3 held meetings in both Slovakia and Hungary. The remaining two companies each targeted only one country.EasyLink organized highly individualized and challenging itineraries with leading parties in the market and altogether organized 37 meetings.
   

EasyLink assists 5 Northern Irish companies in exploring the Hungarian market

Completion: 2015 - 03
Target markets: HU
Objective: EasyLink was entrusted with a multi-sector trade mission of 5 Northern Irish companies (IT, street furniture, measuring equipment, industrial flooring and fuel polishing systém), to Hungary organized in March 2015.
Results: EasyLink put together highly individualized programmes, shortlisting companies matching each participant's line of business and criteria. Each participant received a tailored report containing information on all contacted companies and a meeting itinerary with interested parties including their detailed profiles. EasyLink also provided in-market support, including a thorough pre-visit briefing and assistance with travel and interpreter arrangements. Meetings were held throughout Hungary with OEM’s, buyers, potential suppliers, intermediaries and partners. In total, 22 meetings were planned by EasyLink in advance of the visit, with all meetings taking place.
   

Companies from Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania searching partners in the Czech Republic and Poland

Completion: 2014 - 11
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: EasyLink partnered with the Council of Great Lakes Governors and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to prepare a meeting programme for 4 companies from different sectors and for representatives of WEDC (with representatives of bodies and associations in the water management, construction and public private partnership sectors).
Results: EasyLink provided extensive market reports for each of the four visiting companies. The report included a detailed market overview concerning the relevant sector, overview of competition, profiles of potential partners and information about sector-specific trade fairs, events and relevant publications and magazines. In the course of the project EasyLink approached a total of 141 potential partners in the Czech Republic and a similar number in Poland. EasyLink organized 24 targeted face-to-face meetings in the Czech Republic and 25 meetings in Poland. EasyLink’s teams in Prague and Warsaw provided all the associated services including meeting the companies at the airports, briefing them about their meeting programmes in each country, taking care of all the logistics, accompanying them to meetings and providing interpretation services wherever necessary
   

Lisburn City Council leads a trade mission from Northern Ireland to Slovakia

Completion: 2014 - 11
Target markets: SK
Objective: EasyLink’s task was to arrange targeted meetings for 6 companies from Northern Ireland seeking new business opportunities in Slovakia. The mission participants were from various sectors ranging from shading technology, plastic floor tiles, PU moulded parts, consultancy services and software systems.
Results: The project deliverables spanned from mission member recruitment, launch seminar, and one-to-one export consultancy to fully customized individual market research and targeting, and preparation of meeting itineraries with pre-selected relevant local partners. The actual visit included a country briefing, 4-8 meetings for each mission participant, on-site support (accompaniment, interpretation, consultancy), and other related services (venue booking, accommodation, travel arrangements). Based on the feedback of the mission participants, this was another successfully organized trade mission.
   

Multi-sector trade mission of companies from Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2014 - 11
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink again organized a trade mission of 5 companies from Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic in November 2014.
Results: EasyLink launched the project with mission member recruitment, launch seminar and export consultancy in Northern Ireland. Prior to the visit each of the 5 participants received a detailed market overview detailing information about the size of the market, competition, potential partners/end-customers, import and export analysis etc. EasyLink approached 178 prospects and arranged 30 face-to-face targeted meetings. For each of the five participants we carried out customized market research and partner selection and set up one-to-one meetings in both countries. We also organized all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing and group networking events. All mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff to provide in-market support
   

Trade mission of companies from Northern Ireland to Romania and Bulgaria

Completion: 2014 - 11
Target markets: RO&BG
Objective: EasyLink again organizes a trade mission of five companies from Northern Ireland to Romania and Bulgaria in November 2014.
Results: We set up 24 face-to-face meetings in Bulgaria and 21 in Romania. For each of the five participants we carried customized market research and partner selection and set up one-to-one meetings in both countries. We also organized all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing and group networking events. All mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff to provide in-market support.
   

Multi-sector trade mission of 11 companies from Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic and Poland

Completion: 2014 - 06
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: EasyLink regularly organizes trade missions for companies from Northern Ireland, this time it was to the Czech Republic and Poland. The manufacturing background of the participants ranged from animal nutrition, shading technologies to waste water heat recovery systems or decorative, fabric braided flex for the lighting industry. Some of the companies visited both markets, while others opted to focus on just one at this stage.
Results: The EasyLink consulting team contacted over 240 companies in the Czech Republic and 350 companies in Poland and introduced the companies from Northern Ireland. Easylink disseminated all relevant information and followed up with the prospects to evaluate their level of interest in meeting the Northern Irish companies. We arranged 32 focused face-to-face meetings in CZ and 57 meetings in PL. We also arranged all the logistics, interpretation and in-market assistance as required.
   

Trade mission of Korean electronics manufacturers to Prague

Completion: 2014 - 04
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink organized a trade mission of 5 Korean companies to Prague. Products introduced by the Korean manufacturers during the mission included LED lighting systems, digital signage systems, access control readers, NFC readers & payment readers, battery recycling systems and hand held type liquid explosive & metal detectors.
Results: EasyLink approached 160 potential Czech partners and organized 29 face-to-face meetings. EasyLink was also responsible for all logistics and interpretation arrangements as well as choice of the meeting venue and restaurants. In the next stage, the Korean delegation invited 5 buyers from among the Czech prospects to visit the City of Suwon and meet Korean exporters during a business meeting visit in October 2014. The Czech buyers were accompanied by the EasyLink consultant.
   

Lisburn City Council again leads a trade mission from Northern Ireland, this time to Slovakia

Completion: 2013 - 11
Target markets: SK
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to prepare and organize a trade mission of 6 Northern Ireland companies (IT, metal hardware, power, food etc.).
Results: The project deliverables spanned from mission member recruitment, launch seminar, and one-to-one export consultancy to fully customized individual market research and targeting, and preparation of meeting itineraries with pre-selected relevant local partners. The actual visit included a country briefing, 4-8 meetings for each mission member, on-site support (accompaniment, interpretation, consultancy), and other related services (venue booking, accommodation, travel arrangements).
   

Trade mission of Dutch environmental technology suppliers to Croatia and the Czech Republic, September 2013

Completion: 2013 - 10
Target markets: CZ&HR
Objective: The scope of work included all in-market services from customized market research and partner selection to setting up individual meetings as well as organizing all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travels arrangements, briefing and group networking events.
Results: Of the total of 5 participating companies 3 held meetings in both the Czech Republic and Croatia. The remaining two companies targeted only Croatia during this trade mission.
   

Northern Ireland multi-sector trade mission to Poland, June 2013

Completion: 2013 - 06
Target markets: PL
Objective: Once again, EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission to the CEE region - this time to Poland - led by Invest Northern Ireland.
Results: The scope of work included all in-market services, from customized market research and partner selection to setting up individual meetings, as well as organizing all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing, group networking and other events.
   

April 2013: Invest Northern Ireland entrusts EasyLink with another trade mission to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2013 - 04
Target markets: CZ
Objective: This time, EasyLink was to organize a trade mission of 10 Northern Ireland companies from various sectors (food & beverages, electrical, plastic, recycling, automotive etc.) to Prague – 3 companies also chose to explore the Polish market. Prior to the mission our consultants verified the potential of the market, selected and approached prospective partners and arranged for travel assistance and interpreting services wherever required. During the course of the visit, EasyLink provided in-market assistance and organized networking events.
Results: EasyLink targeted individual meetings for each of the 10 delegation members screening more than 400 companies in total. On behalf of each participant, EasyLink consultants approached typically 25-45 prospective partners and enticed over 7 interested companies on average. Final deliveries included 4-9 meetings for each mission member; detailed reports including meeting itineraries, brief market analyses, and thorough profiles of prospective partners; and in-market assistance including interpreting services and travel arrangements.
   

Trade mission of Lithuanian food companies to the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Completion: 2013 - 04
Target markets: CZ&SK
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a group of companies organized by the Lithuanian Association of Food Manufacturers.
Results: For each of the seven participants we carried customized market research and partner selection and set up one-to-one meetings in both countries. We also organized all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing and group networking events. All mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff to provide in-market support.
   

Multi-sector trade mission to Ukraine and Russia for companies from Pennsylvania, March 2013

Completion: 2013 - 03
Target markets: UA&RU
Objective: EasyLink’s task was to organize face-to-face meetings for Pennsylvanian companies participating in a multi-sector trade development mission to Russia. The target sectors ranged from consumer goods, automotive, IT to education and food.
Results: EasyLink organized over 40 targeted business meetings as well as a series of accompanying events such as country briefing, workshop, business seminar, dinner reception, company site visits and sightseeing tours.
   

Comprehensive market entry support for NI companies

Completion: 2013 - 02
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink was again entrusted with organizing a trade mission for 5 companies from Northern Ireland. The market visit was preceded by a thorough market research concluded by detailed and extensive market report for each of the participating companies. The target sectors included shading technology, agriculture, IT, construction and wood processing industries.
Results: This time our tasks went far beyond the traditional partner search. Apart from conducting customized market research and partner selection to set up face-to-face meetings, providing all related assistance including venue selection and booking, making travel arrangements and organizing a briefing and group networking events, our tasks included a launch in Belfast, extended market reports for each participant, masterclass on export development and business environment in the Czech Republic, follow-up evaluation with each participant and development of an action plan, support in actioning the action plan over several months following the market visit. We approached 154 prospects and set up 37 one-to-one appointments. As a result of the event 2 companies have already appointed their distribution partner in the Czech Republic and received the first orders. EasyLink received a very positive feedback from all mission participants. “….This is undoubtedly a streamline approach to exploring new markets in a very professional format...”
   

Virginia trade mission of 5 companies visiting Prague and Warsaw

Completion: 2012 - 11
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: Yet again, EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission for U.S. companies that wanted to explore partnership possibilities in the Central European Region. 6 companies led by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership visited the Czech Republic and Poland in November 2012.
Results: EasyLink conducted tailor-made partner search for each of the 6 participants in both of the countries and set up face-to-face meetings and with relevant managers. During the course of the 6-day-long mission, the U.S. companies were able to meet a total of 68 prospective partners and were provided interpreting services and travel assistance. EasyLink consultants also provided valuable market insight gleamed from interviews with prospective partners and conducted follow-up calls to assess the success of the mission and further expectations of the Czech and Polish counterparts. Feedback was largely positive.
   

EasyLink takes charge of a third trade mission in 2012 commissioned by Invest NI, this time to RO and BG

Completion: 2012 - 11
Target markets: RO&BG
Objective: Invest Northern Ireland chose to employ our services to explore the latter of Central and Easter Europe and entrusted 10 companies from various sectors (aviation, electronics, food, construction, waste processing, etc.) into our hands to scope out export opportunities for their products in Romania and/or Bulgaria and to help them start up their export initiatives in the form of meeting prospective partners, whether they were to be distributors or end-customers, during an in-market visit in November 2012. While 6 participants engaged our services in both Romania and Bulgaria, 3 chose to focus their efforts only in Romania and 1 in Bulgaria.
Results: EasyLink consultants in Romania and Bulgaria compiled highly individualized reports for each of the mission participants and set up on-to-one meetings with prospective partners for November 2012. EasyLink also organized all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements and briefing, all of which was part of the final report. For each company taking part in the in-market visit an average 6.5 meetings were organized in Romania and 7 in Bulgaria. All the participants commended EasyLink for the professional service and market support and assessed the foreseen combined export sales potential for the following year was to reach several EUR million.
   

June 2012: Invest Northern Ireland entrusts EasyLink with a trade mission to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2012 - 06
Target markets: CZ
Objective: This time, EasyLink was to organize a trade mission of 10 North Ireland companies from various sectors (software, packaging, agriculture, consumer goods, electrical, etc.) to Prague – 2 companies also chose to explore the Polish market. Prior to the mission our consultants verified the potential of the market, selected and approached prospective partners and arranged for travel assistance and interpreting services wherever required. During the course of the visit, EasyLink provided in-market assistance and organized networking events.
Results: EasyLink targeted individual meetings for each of the 10 delegation members screening more than 400 companies in total. On behalf of each participant, EasyLink consultants approached typically 25-45 prospective partners and enticed over 7 interested companies on average. Final deliveries included 4-9 meetings for each mission member; detailed reports including meeting itineraries, brief market analyses, and thorough profiles of prospective partners; and in-market assistance including interpreting services and travel arrangements.
   

April 2012: Multi-sector trade mission of companies from Northern Ireland to Poland

Completion: 2012 - 04
Target markets: PL
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to carry market research, target prospective partners and set up itineraries. Upon arrival of mission participants to Poland, EasyLink held a group briefing to introduce the country and market, plus met one-on-one with each company. In-market assistance was provided during the whole mission week.
Results: As part of mission recruitment EasyLink held in-take meetings with participants in Belfast in February 2012. The base cities for the mission included Warsaw and Krakow. The entire trade mission group consisted of 12 companies based in Northern Ireland, of which 8 utilized our consulting services for identification of prospective business partners and preparation of meeting itineraries.
   

Prague: Multi-sector trade mission for companies from Korea

Completion: 2011 - 09
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize a trade mission for 9 companies active in various sectors. The participants sought to establish contacts with Czech businesses.
Results: EasyLink's team arranged a total of 43 face-to-face meetings. We were also in charge of all logistics and interpretation arrangements (9 people were required to interpret from Czech to Korean and vice versa).
   

Trade mission of companies from Northern Netherlands to the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Completion: 2011 - 06
Target markets: CZ&SK
Objective: EasyLink is commissioned to organize face-to-face meetings for four companies participating in a four-day business development mission to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in June 2011.
Results: The scope of our work included customized market research and partner selection, setting up individual meetings as well as making travel and accommodation arrangements. Upon request mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink's staff who provided in-market support and interpretation. Altogether EasyLink’s team prepared 8 itineraries. The trade mission participants attended 37 meetings in the two countries.
   

Multi-sector trade mission from Pennsylvania to Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

Completion: 2011 - 05
Target markets: CZ&PL&SK
Objective: Easylink was asked to organize a trade mission for three U.S. companies that wanted to explore partnership possibilities in the Central European Region. One company visited the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. One travelled to the Czech Republic and Poland. And one to the Czech Republic only.
Results: The consultants developed highly individualized itineraries with face-to-face meetings and company visits. In total, 27 meetings took place. Apart from identifying prospective partners and scheduling meetings, Easylink staff also provided interpreting services and travel assistance. In the words of one of the clients: "Looking at the quality of the support that we received through DCED, you should know that the attention to detail, logistical assistance and business partner evaluation was uncommonly good –in both Poland and the Czech Republic. While this was called a multi-company trade mission, there was an individual focus on each company."
   

5-day Trade Mission to Russia in October 2010

Completion: 2010 - 10
Target markets: RU
Objective: EasyLink’s task was to organize face-to-face meetings for Welsh companies participating in a multi-sector trade development mission to Russia.
Results: We scheduled targeted meetings with the most qualified prospects with confirmed interest in face-to-face negotiation and made travel, in-market accompaniment and interpretation services arrangements.
   

Trade mission to Slovakia for engineering companies from Korea

Completion: 2010 - 10
Target markets: SK&CZ
Objective: EasyLink organizes a trade mission for 13 companies seeking to establish business contacts in Slovakia.
Results: We arranged a total of 48 face-to-face meetings. We were also in charge of all logistics and interpretation arrangements.
   

Welsh Trade Mission to Czech Republic in June 2010

Completion: 2010 - 06
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink was requested to organize face-to-face meetings for three companies participating in a Welsh trade development mission to the Czech Republic on 28 June to 1 July.
Results: We organized a total of 22 highly targeted meetings and made travel and in-market accompaniment and interpretation services arrangements. EasyLink was highly praised by all companies: “It is the best thing the company has done in terms of developing new business. The whole trip was superbly organised and the results speak for themselves. I met with 4 companies which had been very accurately selected and targeted, and spot on as prospective partners. Two companies proved to be exceptional.” “I was delighted with the meetings, and the organisation of the trip. Thank you for the service. Having returned from the trip, I can confirm that the advice / itinerary which you provided was excellent, and worth every penny.” “The quality and level of contacts met could not have been higher. Several of the companies met offer good prospects for business, in particular Skanska, which is the fourth largest construction company in the world. The meeting with this company was very positive, and the company is well connected and a very significant potential end user.”
   

Multi-sector trade mission to Warsaw for companies from Pennsylvania, May-June 2010

Completion: 2010 - 06
Target markets: PL
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize a trade mission led by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Poland.
Results: EasyLink carried out customized market research and partner selection to arrange face-to-face meetings for the mission participants. We were also in charge of venue selection and booking and organising a country and mission briefing. Where requested, the mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff who provided in-market support and interpretation.
   

Trade mission of IT and electronics businesses from Korea to Slovakia and Romania

Completion: 2009 - 10
Target markets: SK&RO
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize a trade mission for 15 IT and electronics companies from the Busan Valley in Korea to Bucharest and Bratislava. The participants sought to establish business contacts with Romanian and Slovak distributors.
Results: EasyLink’s consultants in Slovakia and Romania set up over 100 face-to-face meetings with local partners. We also made logistics and interpretation arrangements (15 people were required to interpret from Czech/Slovak to Korean and vice versa).
   

Organizing a business matching meetings session for companies from Hong Kong

Completion: 2009 - 09
Target markets: CZ
Objective: Our consulting team in Prague was requested to organize a matchmaking session for 13 producers of consumer electronics, electrical appliances, household items, gifts, fashion and fashion accessories, watches, bags and shoes wishing to identify prospective buyers in the Czech Republic. The matchmaking session was held in conference rooms of Andel’s hotel on 25 September 2009 as a part of a trade mission led by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to Warsaw and Prague.
Results: As part of the buyers’ recruitment process EasyLink’s team approached over 80 companies active in the sale of fashion accessories, 95 in the area of home products and houseware, 75 from the footwear sector and 66 from the electronics segment. We put a special emphasis on finding relevant and suitable well-respected companies with genuine interest in building long-standing relationships with their counterparts from Hong Kong. Altogether 28 Czech buyers pre-registered for the event and 57 meetings were scheduled. Each of the companies (Czech and from HK) held several meetings! EasyLink also provided interpreting services and arranged for drinks and refreshments for the morning and afternoon parts of the event as well as a networking luncheon. The overall results of the matching meetings were quite positive! The Czech buyers commented on the good organization of the event and expressed satisfaction with the quality of their counterparts from Hong Kong. One of the Czech buyers immediately placed an order for jewellery and costume jewellery, while a large Czech importer and wholesaler of watch parts brought drawings of watch parts with exact measurements and also placed an order (worth over several thousand U.S. dollars) during one of his meetings.
   

Multi-sector trade mission to Prague and Warsaw for companies from Pennsylvania, May 2009

Completion: 2009 - 05
Target markets: CZ&PL
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission to the Czech Republic and Poland for a group of 8 companies led by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 2 companies also visited additional countries (Slovakia and Hungary).
Results: The scope of our work included customized market research and partner selection, setting up individual meetings as well as organizing all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing and group networking events. Where requested, the mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff who provided in-market support and interpretation. Altogether, EasyLink prepared 15 itineraries, and mission participants attended 60 meetings in 4 countries. EasyLink received very positive feedback from the mission participants: "... While I have had some great experiences with trade missions in the past; Canada (twice) Chile, China, South Africa and Mozambique etc.; I have to say that this was the most well organized, most thoroughly vetted and best run mission to date."
   

Region of South Moravia puts EasyLink in charge of organizing a business mission to Estonia and Latvia

Completion: 2008 - 11
Target markets: EE&LV
Objective: In order to promote and boost export volume and reputation of the region in the Baltic countries, the Region of South Moravia assigned EasyLink with conducting a profound market research aimed at identification of potential partners for 6 South Moravian companies from various industries, presenting them partnership opportunities offered by the participating companies and arranging meetings with entities with confirmed interest further discussion. Apart from business "matchmaking", EasyLink was in charge of all the organizational and logistics arrangements including transport, lodging or interpretation services for mission participants who included regional government officials and business representatives.
Results: For each participating company a customized market research was conducted by EasyLink’s local consultants who identified and approached over 270 potential partners and arranged 50 meetings with relevant managers. EasyLink also arranged media coverage through a round table with local Chamber of commerce representatives and journalists.
   

Multi-sector trade mission to Prague and Bratislava for companies from South Tirol, November 2008

Completion: 2008 - 11
Target markets: CZ&SK
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a group of companies from South Tirol.
Results: We conducted customized market research and partner selection to set up 47 face-to-face meetings, provided all related assistance including venue selection and booking, made travel arrangements and organized a briefing and group networking events. All mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff to provide in-market support.
   

Region of South Moravia puts EasyLink in charge of organizing a business mission to Slovenia

Completion: 2008 - 06
Target markets: SI
Objective: In order to promote and boost export volume and reputation of the region, the Region of South Moravia led a multi-sector mission for 6 companies to Slovenia. EasyLink was requested to identify potential partners, introduce the mission participants to them and arrange one-to-one meetings. In addition, EasyLink was asked to arrange all organizational and logistics aspects including transport, lodging and interpretation.
Results: For each mission participant an individual market research was conducted by EasyLink’s consultants who approached over 150 potential partners and arranged 25 meetings with their decision makers. EasyLink also arranged for media coverage, organizing a round table with local Chamber of commerce representatives and journalists.
   

Virginia multi-sector trade mission to Prague and Budapest, June 2008

Completion: 2008 - 06
Target markets: CZ&HU
Objective: Once again, EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission to the CEE region - this time to the Czech Republic and Hungary - led by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Results: The scope of work included all in-market services, from customized market research and partner selection to setting up individual meetings, as well as organizing all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing, group networking and other events. For the 4 mission participants EasyLink scheduled a total of 40 meetings in both countries leading to immediate business opportunities. One of the participants even signed a distributorship agreement with a local company less than two months (!) after the mission. All the mission participants praised EasyLink team for great service and invaluable market support.
   

Multi-sector trade mission to Prague and Bratislava for companies from South Tirol, April 2008

Completion: 2008 - 04
Target markets: CZ&SK
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to prepare a trade mission to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a group of companies organized by EOS.
Results: For each of the four participants we carried customized market research and partner selection and set up one-to-one meetings in both countries. We also organized all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing and group networking events. All mission participants were accompanied to their meetings by EasyLink’s staff to provide in-market support.
   

EasyLink organizes a trade mission to Romania led by the Region of South Moravia

Completion: 2007 - 11
Target markets: RO
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize a trade mission for 7 South Moravian companies across various sectors to Romania in November 2007.
Results: EasyLink’s team in Romania interviewed over 130 potential partners and set up 40 meetings with relevant managers. EasyLink also made all logistics and media coverga arrangements.
   

Region of South Moravia again relied on EasyLink to organize its trade mission - this time to the Netherlands

Completion: 2007 - 10
Target markets: NL
Objective: EasyLink won a public tender to fully organize a business mission for South Moravian companies, starting with recruitment and leading up to post-event evaluation of business results generated by its participants.
Results: EasyLink put together a group of 6 qualified and interesting participants. We then conducted tailor-made research for each one of them, using our own in-market consultants in the Netherlands. Prior to the mission, EasyLink held a workshop to brief all participants about the Dutch business environment and to provide them hints on doing business with the Dutch. Then, we held a 2-day visit to the Netherlands filled up with individual meetings for each participant. The event also included a dinner with top representatives of the Czech Embassy and the Utrecht province. In total, EasyLink communicated with 205 Dutch companies, and arranged 29 relevant meetings. All 6 participants valued the mission very positively, and 3 expected sales in near future. All six companies would happily consider joining another trade mission, especially if organized by EasyLink Business Services.
   

Malta Enterprise hired EasyLink to organize a 5-day trade mission to Warsaw (Poland) and Moscow (Russia)

Completion: 2007 - 09
Target markets: PL&RU
Objective: The client recruited a group of Maltese businesses interested in establishing partnerships with Polish and Russian customers, distributors and in some cases potential suppliers. The visit was planned for the last week of September 2007, and each company was expecting to have at least 6 meetings in each destination.
Results: EasyLink conducted tailored market research for each of the participants, typically contacting 25-40 prospective partners in each country and evaluating prospects of potential partnership through several levels of contacts with their managers. As a result, 6-7 meetings were arranged for each mission member in each city, and travel, interpretation and other required arrangements were made to allow for a smooth and productive market visit. Feedback was largely positive.
   

Virginia multi-sector trade mission to Prague, June 2007

Completion: 2007 - 06
Target markets: CZ
Objective: As in previous years, EasyLink was contracted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to co-organize its trade mission to the Czech Republic and Poland in June 2007. The scope of work included all in-market services, from customized market research and partner selection to setting up individual meetings, as well as organizing all related assistance, including venue selection and booking, travel arrangements, briefing and group networking events.
Results: The 5 participating companies held a total of 30 highly relevant meetings in Prague and in other cities of the Czech Republic, and the whole visit was assessed as very successful and productive by the majority of the participants.
   

Lisburn City Council leads a trade mission from Northern Ireland to Prague, Czech Republic

Completion: 2007 - 05
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink partnered with a Northern Ireland’s consultancy to provide a one-stop solution to the Lisburn City Council wishing to support local companies interested in starting business in the Czech Republic.
Results: The project deliverables spanned from mission member recruitment, launch seminar, and one-to-one export consultancy to fully customized individual market research and targeting, and preparation of meeting itineraries with pre-selected relevant local partners. The actual visit included a country briefing, 4-8 meetings for each mission member, on-site support (accompaniment, interpretation, consultancy), and other related services (venue booking, accommodation, travel arrangements).
   

VIP business delegation from Bielefeld, Germany meeting top businessmen in Prague

Completion: 2007 - 03
Target markets: CZ
Objective: A group of leading business people from Germany (state of Northrhine-Westfalia) intends to come to Prague to meet with top local managers and discuss potential cooperation.
Results: EasyLink arranged targeted individual meetings for each of the 5 delegation members, including top-level managers at Prague's largest hospital Motol, Prague's leading facility management company, largest agricultural university, a key medium-sized brewery and a major manufacturing company of tanks and silos. The meetings resulted in specific agreements on partnership and cooperation.
   

Multi-sector trade mission to Prague and Bratislava for companies from Spain

Completion: 2006 - 04
Target markets: CZ&SK
Objective: EasyLink’s task was to arrange targeted appointments for 4 companies – 3 real estate businesses and an exporter of dried nuts.
Results: For this 4-day mission in April 2006, EasyLink’s consultants prepared 3 separate itineraries for each country (two real estate companies attended the same meetings in both markets); the mission participants held altogether 34 meetings.
   

Trade mission of watch suppliers from Hong Kong to the Czech Republic, October 2005

Completion: 2005 - 10
Target markets: CZ
Objective: This time EasyLink was requested by Hong Kong Trade Development Council to organize a trade mission for 14 producers of watches & clocks.
Results: We arranged the following events: country briefing, business dinner/reception, site visits, sightseeing and most importantly, a business matchmaking session during which the mission participants held a total of 46 meetings with prospective buyers (identified, approached and evaluated by EasyLink).
   

Organizing a trade mission to Varna, Bulgaria

Completion: 2005 - 10
Target markets: BG
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize a trade mission led by the Region of South Moravia.
Results: For the 3-day event altogether 39 meetings were scheduled for 8 participating companies active in construction, R&D and testing and sale of office supplies, environmental technologies and engineering. EasyLink also organized a country briefing, business luncheon and press conference.
   

Trade mission to Poland

Completion: 2005 - 10
Target markets: PL
Objective: We were commissioned to organize a trade mission to Warsaw and Krakow for 11 companies from Iceland involved in the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals, information and communication technologies, infrastructure (cable & pipe-laying contractor), travel and tourism, airlines and food processing technologies.
Results: EasyLink organized a total of 65 targeted business meetings as well as a series of accompanying events such as country briefing, workshop, business seminar, dinner reception, company site visits and sightseeing tours.
   

Trade mission of companies from Hong Kong to Prague, September 2005

Completion: 2005 - 09
Target markets: CZ
Objective: Hong Kong Trade Development Council commissioned EasyLink with turnkey organization of a buying trade mission for 18 suppliers of electronics, houseware, toys and gifts.
Results: The events EasyLink organized included country briefing, business dinner/reception, site visits, sightseeing and a business & matchmaking session. The mission participants held 82 meetings with prospective buyers from across the Czech Republic.
   

Organizing a textile industry trade mission to the Czech Republic

Completion: 2003 - 11
Target markets: CZ
Objective: EasyLink was commissioned to organize a textile industry trade mission to the Czech Republic in November 2003.
Results: EasyLink’s consultants identified and approached potential local partners and/or customers for individual trade mission participants. Relevant decision makers within the closely pre-selected Czech companies were presented the event and proposed a meeting with one or more Turkish companies (based on Turkish firm’s request and Czech firm’s profile and interests), and invited to a personal meeting. EasyLink then supervised the meetings in the Marriott Hotel in Prague. EasyLink provided each Turkish participant with personalized schedule of meetings and detailed company profiles in printed form.
   


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