89% of Irish exporters see new opportunities in the UK market, according to research carried out by Enterprise Ireland.

While the new EU UK trade and cooperation agreement has resulted in changes to how businesses operate in the UK, the market remains Ireland's single largest trading partner.

Out of the 427 Irish exporters surveyed, 83% say their plan is to grow exports to the UK, while 15% say they will sustain exports to the UK.

The survey was conducted ahead of the launch of Enterprise Ireland’s 'Evolve UK' initiative, a programme designed to deliver insights to Irish companies on the evolving UK market through reports, insight bulletins and virtual events.

Another initiative launching today is the 'Evolve Strategic Planning Grant' - a €5,000 grant, from Enterprise Ireland designed to help companies adapt their approach to the market to secure and grow their sales.

Both initiatives were launched this morning by Minister for State for Trade Promotion, Robert Troy.

"The importance of the relationship between our two markets cannot be understated and over the coming months and years, the Irish and UK Governments will look to strengthen this relationship further," said Mr Troy.