“As a family business that has been around for 70 years now and tackled a lot of challenges successfully, we see setting up exports as a new challenge. In 2014, I found out about the Starters’ International Business arrangements through the Metaalunie. Xportwise, in their capacity as SIB consultants, helped me set up an export plan.

Holding joint discussions about what was and wasn’t possible let us create an export plan that we gradually worked out in more detail. The additional expertise of Xportwise was very welcome, because you get quickly down to work on the products and the sales process as an entrepreneur. Xportwise helped us prepare the plans properly: what things do I have to pay attention to, how do I settle this, and what about the business culture in the export country in question? We are now able to build upon that success by ourselves. We have recently started the first deliveries and customer visits.”

“In 2016 Xportwise coached us during a SIB (Starters in International Business) coaching program.

Linda is a competent coach. She will let you talk and really listens. Then she will ask questions about what you just told her. These are often difficult and confronting questions, and you often think ‘How am I supposed to know that?’. Of course this is not very pleasant in the moment, but it does give you a better understanding of the bottlenecks. She makes you think about the various aspects that you missed, just when you thought you had everything in order. Linda is very skilled in identifying these issues.”

“Xportwise: accessible and thorough professionals who listen carefully and give clear and practical advice in no time about the challenges and priorities for our import-export startup. Xportwise manages to obtain a lot of information in just a short time and can arrange it professionally and practically. Not only are the challenges and priorities clear now, but also where the opportunities and solutions lie.

It is clear to us now what exactly we have to do for exports from the USA – and how we can handle it.”

Informative, pleasant, worth repeating

“Educational, new possibilities –
holding up a mirror for us”

“They discussed some useful themes”

“Interesting, innovative – the trainers know what they’re talking about”

“Guideline for exporting more efficiently; food for thought”

“A lot of information that can be used for day-to-day activities”

“A good opportunity for targeted thinking about the international business”

“I took the workshop called ‘Focus: the key to success’ at Xportwise. Linda van den Broek and Monique Harmsen suggest clear ways for mapping out the short-term and long-term export goals.”

“It ‘forces’ you to investigate the vision, mission and goals of your own company. In addition, you’re not only given the tools to determine properly substantiated goals, but also to monitor the goals and tweak them during the process if necessary.”

“There was attention for topics that matter to our company and situation, so the tips can be used in practice immediately. For me, as an export manager, this was an ideal workshop to help me take that particular additional step, and I’m already looking forward to the other workshops.”

“The export course ‘Export plan on a single A4’ is to-the-point and practical. The unique combination with post-course coaching will enable you to really take the next step.”