That is the view of Mark Robson, regional director at the UKTI, who believes there is huge potential for businesses looking to do business across the North Channel.
Robson, regional director for UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Exports from Yorkshire and the Humber to Ireland have increased by 4.7% since 2010.
“The resurgent Celtic economy continues to grow at an annual rate of about 6% and is forecast to be the fastest growing in the European Union this year where average economic growth is 1.9%.”
The increase in companies doing business in Ireland has also led to Leeds Bradford Airport landing a new Cork service with Aer Lingus.
Leeds Chamber president Gerald Jennings welcomed the new route, stating it will provide a major boost to the region’s exporters.
He added: “The Irish Republic is the fourth largest export market for Yorkshire companies and we expect that this new route to Cork will provide increased opportunities for bilateral trade.”
Key sectors in Ireland for first-time and established exporters from Yorkshire and the Humber include food and drink, agriculture, fashion, energy, construction and life sciences.