Export Industry Awards
The Export Industry Awards have been recognising the tremendous achievements of companies working in the industry for 19 years and has been growing in strength and recognition each year. It is important that we highlight the exporting companies who have excelled in their sector despite some difficult trading conditions and to highlight exporters who have been fundamental to Ireland’s success. Over 500 export industry professionals attend this black tie event every year. The award categories cover the emerging exporters to established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods, services, software and onward to the multinational companies.
This year we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary and will particularly focus on the key positive steps businesses have taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains.
Companies entered across 12 categories with a new category introduce this year ‘Best B2C Company of the Year’ . The overall Exporter of the Year 2020 will be selected from the winners of the individual categories.
About the Alumni Programme:
Designed in conjunction with KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, the Alumni Programme is past category winners and former shortlisted Export Industry Award winners. The alumni programme includes information seminars, workshops and a masterclass which will focus on Sustainable Trade.
Key dates for 2020:
- 2nd April: Launch Webinar (Online)
- 14th May: Information Seminar | Cork
- 13th September: Applications closed
- 27th September: Shortlisted announced in the Sunday Times
- 8th October: Masterclass for Alumni, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin
- 15th October: Shortlisted video interviews
- 13th November: Winners will be announced at the Export Industry Awards in Convention Centre Dublin
Why is it important to apply?
Harry Hughes CEO of Portwest explains here why it is important to apply and the benefits.
Export Industry Awards Launch event
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Export Industry Awards Alumni Masterclass 2020
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“HSBC Ireland was delighted to be the inaugural recipient of the Financial Services Partner of the Year Award for 2019. We have received significant recognition, both internally and externally, as a result of winning this award. The completion of the application form and interview process was a good investment of time and I am sure, like many other companies, allowed time to reflect on their respective strategies which is not often the case. This culminated in a fantastic awards ceremony held in the Convention Centre attended by many industry leaders and enjoyed by clients and employees alike. It was truly a night to celebrate successful Irish exporters from many diverse industries and great to share the stage with the other category winners”
Andrew Bowen, Director | Mid-Market Enterprises | CMB Ireland, HSBC Ireland
2019 Financial Services Partner of the Year
SF Engineering has been a member of the Irish Exporters Association for many years. During November last SF attended the prestigious Export Awards Ceremony in Dublin. The event reflected the professionalism and organization of the IEA. Each year the SF team looks forward to attending this event as it boasts a fantastic networking opportunity, a chance to celebrate the success of export with other companies and most of all it’s a very enjoyable evening. The event also gives a great opportunity for SF to learn about the success of many other Irish based companies. The IEA works hard to ensure that the award process is engaging and also worthwhile for all that partake. In 2019 SF was awarded Medium Sized Exporter of the Year – this was a great achievement and an honor for the SF team.”
Seamus Farrell, Managing Director, SF Engineering
2019 Medium Size Exporter of the Year
“Portwest were honoured to win Overall Exporter of the Year 2018 & Private Business of the Year 2019. To be recognised alongside other successful Irish Exporters has been a positive experience for the entire team at Portwest. Getting to meet and share experiences with other companies at the awards night was insightful and beneficial and we would highly recommend for other Irish exporting companies to consider taking part. The award increases our credibility with export customers and is a good benchmark for potential employees.”
Cathal J. Hughes, Director, Portwest
2018 Overall Exporter of the Year
“Winning the High Potential Exporter of the Year award was a significant milestone for our business. It provided strong external validation of our journey to date alongside recognising the team that has worked so hard to get us to this point. I would strongly recommend any eligible company to enter the award.”
Stephen Nolan, Chief Operating Officer, Nutritics
2018 High Potential Exporter of the year
“Wisetek’s experience of the IEA awards based on our involvement in 2018 is wholly positive. It was great to be acknowledged as the Services Exporter of the Year. The application process was straightforward and we found that the judges were keen to properly understand the business strategy and operations of the companies nominated. Winning a credible award it a good thing and we regard it as a great endorsement of the quality of our people, technology and service.”
Sean Sheehan, CEO, Wisetek.
2018 Services Exporter of the Year
“Just a quick note to thank you and the rest of the team at the Irish Exporters Association for the recent Master Class at Trinity College Dublin, it was both very informative and very engaging. Each year you seem to surpass expectation with your choice of subjects and presenters. Also have to say that they break out sessions are great fun and a great way to network with people from other companies and fields, again thanks a million and look forward to the next one!”
Mark Tracey, Export Sales Manager, Ace Express Freight