• National Export Campaign and National Export Hub launched to encourage more exporting

    – Collaboration with private industry and government –

    NEC HUB Launch -Group pic with Minister

    L-R: Mike Buggy, Acting Country Manager, Euler Hermes; Bernard McCarthy, Managing Director, DHL; Michael Murphy, Head of Market, Bord Bia; Ronan Murphy, Senior Partner, PwC; Minister Charlie Flanagan, TD, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade; Mark Goodman, International Commercial Director, ABP Food Group ; Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland; Ken Burke, Head of Business Banking, AIB; Hugh Kelly, President, Irish Exporters Association and Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association.


    Dublin, 11 March 2015: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the export industry in Ireland, is partnering with ABP, AIB, DHL, Euler Hermes, PWC, and collaborating with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia, to launch a new initiative for exporters. The National Export Campaign (NEC) and National Export Hub (NEH) will increase the number of Irish businesses exporting for the first time, assist Irish businesses to enter new export markets and support Irish exporters to grow their exports in existing markets. Minister Charlie Flanagan, TD, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade launched the initiative at 2pm today at the offices of PwC.

    Exporting (with Investment) is one of the two key drivers of the Irish Economy.  In 2013 Irish Exports were €181bn, 104% of GDP.

    The National Export Campaign (NEC):
    Together the Partners will run 8 breakfast seminars around the country in 2015. The seminars will provide practical knowledge from experienced exporters and an opportunity for attending SMEs to meet individually with experts from the attending Partners. Working collectively the NEC seeks to have a minimum of 100 guests at each breakfast from 75 businesses. The NEC aims to:

    • Build SME export competence nationally;
    • Increase awareness amongst SMEs around the benefits and challenges of exporting; and
    • Bring a range of key private and public sector supports together under one campaign.

    The National Export Hub (NEH):
    A dedicated Hub Manager based at the Irish Exporters Association will assess the export readiness of businesses attending the NEC breakfasts and work with 20 of these to help identify export opportunities and assist them on their export journey. The NEH will also help companies to identify and connect with the appropriate supports acting as a signpost to the various government and private sector assistance available. Patrick Joy founder of Suretank Group and EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2013 will Chair the NEH steering committee and support the Hub Manager. The NEH has 3 objectives in its first year:

    1. To assist 20 companies to grow by increasing their exports whether by exporting for the first time, increasing exports to existing markets or by opening a new export market;
    2. To assist 80 companies through introductions and referrals to the sponsors, commercial service providers, government and government agencies, and through signposting the various schemes and supports available; and
    3. To increase the infrastructure of support available to all potential Irish Exporters.

    The NEH will aim to:

    • Develop and significantly enhance the practical help and support available to all Irish based exporters;
    • Increase access amongst SMEs to experienced exporters and to expert support;
    • Increase the resources available to SME’s in order to assist them to start exporting or to grow their; exports effectively;
    • Act as a signpost for all available export supports;
    • Increase the number of Irish based businesses who are exporting; and
    • Provide practical support to exporters on each step of their export journey.

    Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association commented: “Exporting is a critical sector in the Irish economy with headline figures dominated by the multinationals. The existing vibrant and growing SME export base, supported by the work of the IEA, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia has scope to grow significantly. Companies that increase their exports add to the Irish economy through direct and indirect job creation, influence the supply chain positively and drive increased spending both locally and nationally.”

    Speaking in advance of the launch, Minister Charlie Flanagan, TD, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade commented: “My Department both at headquarters and through our network of embassies works hard to support Irish exporters by improving access to markets, supporting Irish businesses seeking to grow overseas and through Ministerial-led trade missions.”

    “Over this St Patrick’s Day period, Ministerial programmes will take place in 45 destinations across 27 different countries as the Government prepares to maximise the potential of our national holiday.  We know from feedback that Irish businesses find such events invaluable in building new contacts and deepening relationships with existing clients. St. Patrick’s Day provides a golden opportunity to deepen business networks and to reinforce other ongoing sales and investment activities, as well as creating new business opportunities.”

    “However, while St. Patrick’s Day will come and go, our interest in supporting Irish exporters will remain. Our doors are open throughout the year.  My Department is very happy to collaborate with the Irish Exporters Association on the National Export Campaign and National Export Hub, which will help further increase Irish exports. This growth is key to Ireland’s continued economic recovery.”

    “Expansion through international markets is key for Irish businesses right around the country to flourish, create jobs and drive our economy’s growth.  While the opportunities can be significant, internationalising a business needs detailed advance planning and market research.  Areas such as access to finance, having the right people and understanding the local tax and regulatory environment are all important considerations.  PwC is delighted to partner with the Irish Exporters Association to launch the National Export Campaign and the National Export Hub, designed to support Irish businesses who are contemplating the export markets for the first time or who are seeking to further develop these markets.  This is a superb initiative which will give first hand expert help to these important companies which are central to Ireland’s future prosperity.”

    Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland said: “Enterprise Ireland welcomes the launch of the IEA Export Campaign recognising the importance of exporting to the long-term growth of jobs, businesses and the Irish economy”.

    The National Export Campaign and National Export Hub will be at the Smart Business Show 22nd & 23rd April 2015, in Cork in April, Portlaoise in May and Limerick in June.

    For more information contact:
    Brian Colgan, Head of IEA Export Hub, Irish Exporters Association
    T: 01 662 2064 / M: 087 9621927
    E: briancolgan@irishexporters.ie

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