Showcase 2013 takes place at the RDS

Small businesses are set to flock to the RDS this month in a bid to impress international buyers, with a record number of micro-enterprises planning to make a big impact at the Showcase 2013 event.
Some 75 small businesses, more than double the amount that attended in 2010, will take centre stage at the Enterprise Zone at showcase, which takes place at the RDS from Sunday, January 20 to Wednesday, January 23.
Showcase is organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland every year, and is seen by industry experts as one of the most important trade events for Ireland’s craft sector. These businesses are being supported by their local county and city enterprise boards at the special area, which is dedicated to help them break into new Irish and export markets during 2013.
Exhibiting under the Enterprise Zone brand name along the balcony area of the RDS, the small businesses are hoping to impress thousands of retail buyers, who are expected to attend from over 17 countries.
The craft companies, many of whom are first-time exhibitors, cover sectors such as textiles, cosmetics, fashion, giftware, candles, ceramics, homeware, accessories and jewellery, representing 19 different counties.
In 2010, the County and City Enterprise Boards supported 35 small businesses at showcase through subsidised stands. This number rose to 50 in 2011, before reaching 57 last year.
Michael Hanley from the county and city enterprise boards said: “There has been an unprecedented level of demand for places at this year’s Enterprise Zone in showcase, reaching record numbers this year. With the support of the county and city enterprise boards, this new generation of craft and design companies can potentially break into new markets, secure valuable export orders and create additional jobs locally.”
For more details, visit www.showcaseireland.com.