AEP supports the internationalization of Portuguese companies
Internationalization is the main route for small and medium sized companies to grow, diversify markets and create new opportunities, and that is why AEP has been channeling its efforts in this direction, in accordance with the role it plays among the Portuguese business fabric.
Since 1990, when it first began to systematically organise internationalization events, AEP has already held over 500 events in foreign markets, either individually or in partnership with other entities.
AEP intervention rests on three basic concepts:
Credibility among official Portuguese entities with which AEP has always maintained a very close relationship (Ministry of Economy, AICEP, IAPMEI, Embassies, etc.).
Recognition among official entities and foreign associations with which AEP has worked previously, and which have shown themselves to be satisfied with this partnership.
Cultivating loyalty of the Portuguese companies, it serves, as well as that of the local companies in the foreign markets approached.
Type of Activities:
External promotion activities: trade missions (sectorial or multisector); collective participation in international fairs; market weeks; permanent showrooms with tailored support for participating companies.
Hosting of missions and strategic international partnerships.
Sector and market surveys.
Information and promotion services.
BOW – Portugal Business on the Way
European project for the support of small and medium sized companies, with 50% co-financed internationalization events, such as:
Organizing promotion events in external markets – Fairs, Trade Missions and Reverse Trade Missions
Information on international markets
Workshops, seminars and business forums on specific subjects
BOW magazine, a quarterly publication on internationalization
BOW Platform – www.portugalbusinessontheway.com - where you can find information on best practices, external markets, the Trade Monitor, surveys on internationalization, business matching opportunities and a section that provides information on international tenders, as well as insights into external markets, amongst others.
AEP Internationalization Support Desk provides services, working space and cutting edge technology to support your company, step-by-step, in the internationalization process, such as:
Specialised support services
Global Contractors Channel
This project is aimed at strengthening skill-building of small and medium sized companies to compete at an international level, through the promotion of cooperation among companies and sectors, and providing relationships with buyers at a global level, through the following channels:
Food Retail Channel
Major Works Channel
Surveys and international market intelligence on each required channel
Surveys on advanced logistics systems to encourage and optimise these functions in each purchasing channel
Self-diagnosis tools for internationalisation potential
And other sources of information.
Cross-border cooperation aimed at promoting exports and increasing the competitiveness of the Euro-region companies.
ECICII + Aimed at strengthening the internationalization skills of the Euro-region’s small and medium sized companies, by intensifying cross-border cooperation and taking advantage of synergies and experience in Galicia and northern Portugal and by investing in new models of multisector internationalization. ECICII+ is aimed at strategic sectors such as food-agriculture, contract channel and intensive knowledge services.
INTERNOVAMARKET-FOOD This project is aimed at endowing the Euro-region’s food agriculture companies with know-how, skills, techniques and basic instruments required for them to be able to grow rapidly through improvements in their internationalization processes, technological innovation and marketing skills. Its services are built around three major pillars:
INTER-EXPORT PLUS – Positioning of cross-border products for internationalization purposes
INNOVA PLUS – Accelerating technological innovation, to guarantee competitiveness
MARKET PLUS – Marketing strategies to boost business competitiveness.
This project is aimed at supporting the internationalization of small and medium sized companies through the provision of digital tools and identification of international market access opportunities and constraints, endowing them with tools that allow them to increase exports and improve the promotion of Portugal’s image in foreign markets.
It will provide:
A survey of online market consumption – Technology and Trends and a seminar for presenting results
Four Skill-building programmes on digital internationalization with foreign speakers in four different parts of Portugal.
E-books on Digital Internationalization Strategy.
Benchmarking index and self-diagnostics tools to determine the digital maturity of companies for internationalization purposes.
Digital Export International awards.
EEN – Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium sized companies and start-ups with growth potential. Created by the European Commission, the Network is currently comprised of 605 entities in over 65 countries, composed of around three thousand local specialists.