Irish companies who took part in this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the Czech Republic and Poland have secured new contracts with a potential value of €17m.

The companies agreed ''significant'' business alliances across a range of sectors during the trade mission, which was led by the Minister for Small Business, John Perry.

Dublin based companies 3V Transaction Services, BookAssist and RealTime Technologies and Waterford-based PPI Adhesive Products signed new business deals in the Czech Republic.

Mullingar-based TEG, Portwest from Co Mayo, Dublin-based Cylon and Playprint also signed deals in Poland, while A&D Wejechert and Partners Architects announced the opening of a new office in Warsaw.

Minister Perry described the trade mission as very important in terms of deepening Ireland’s trade and economic ties in Central and Eastern Europe.

''This was a highly successful mission both in terms of business secured and in terms of the introductions and connections made. It is tremendously encouraging to see Irish companies winning new business in Central and Eastern Europe,'' commented Minister Perry.

He said that enterprise Ireland’s offices in the Czech Republic and Poland act as a hub for supporting Irish companies in growing their trade relationships and export sales in Central and Eastern Europe.