Irish Exporters Association Host Members Event in the Midlands
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) held its most recent new members breakfast in Athlone, Co. Westmeath this morning (27th March to help establish a network of exporters amongst its members locally and to find out first-hand their experience of exporting along with the challenges they currently face. The event was hosted by James McGee, Managing Director of Athlone Extrusions who is a council member of the IEA.
Speaking at the event Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the IEA, commented: “The current figures for exports are very encouraging with exports of goods and services reaching €207.8bn in 2014. The dramatic weakening of the Euro is certainly good for exports to the US and in particular to the UK – a market where Irish SMEs can react relatively quickly to. But the sharp decline of the Euro is also a manifestation of the uncertainty of the European economy – a market where 40% of our exports go to, and we need to ensure we do nothing to undo the hard won gains in competitiveness of the last few years. This is an important event for us where we can meet our members locally to discuss issues they may have in relation to exporting – such as supply chain management, access to finance and skills requirements,- and then take action to help them find a solution “.
James McGee, Managing Director, Athlone Extrusions who hosted the event , stated” ‘A major advantage of being a member of the IEA is having the ability to speak with other export companies and share experiences and concerns regarding the day to day problems that can arise with exporting i.e. credit risk, logistics etc. There is also the advantage of being a member of an important organisation like the IEA when it comes to lobbying the Government on issues concerning the export industry’
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Gillian Ryan, Communications & Events Manager
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