‘Investigate the market. It seems daunting at first’ – firms’ advice on exporting to Nordics

There are currently over 50 Irish companies working on data centres projects across the Nordics and exports to the region reached a record high of €1.24 billion last year

James Ivers, chief executive, XOcean: ‘What we see in the Nordics is really strong growth in our core market, which is off-shore wind.’ Picture: Ken Finegan

Irish innovation, particularly in the areas of technology, high-tech construction and agribusiness is in high demand across the Nordic region, according to Enterprise Ireland.

This has contributed to the state agency’s client exports to the region reaching a record high of €1.24 billion last year, up 31 per cent on 2020, it said on a recent trade mission to Denmark.

One such exporter is Leonard Engineering, a Monaghan-based structural steel manufacturer.

“We are very hungry for business, back in the recession, it really was very tough for us, there was practically no work in Ireland,” Jason Leonard, director of the company, told the Business Post.