Driving Growth through Global Headwinds theme for 19th Export Industry Awards

12 Export Industry Award Categories launched in conjunction with KPMG and Trinity Business School

Dublin, Sunday, 24th March 2019 – The Irish Exporters Association, in partnership with platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, today launched the 19th Export Industry Awards and Alumni Programme.

Two new categories the Financial Services Partner of the Year and Private Irish Business of the Year have been added to the list of categories all of which are now open at www.irishexporters.ie/export-industry-awards and will be announced after a rigorous judging process at a Gala Reception and Awards Night on the 8th of November at the Convention Centre, Dublin in the company of over 500 export industry professionals.

Under the 2019 theme, ‘Driving Growth through Global Headwinds,’ this year’s Export Industry Awards Alumni Programme, designed in conjunction with platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, will be open to past category winners and former shortlisted companies in the 2019 Awards. Two events, Dublin and Limerick with case studies from past winners and experts across this year’s theme will precede the Trinity Masterclass and Awards night.

2019 Programme of events:

24 March Applications Open

Companies can now apply for the 19th Export Industry Awards at https://irishexporters.ie/export-industry-awards

  5 April Awards Outreach Seminar, KPMG Dublin

This Seminar will educate and inform exporters on international business development strategies and barriers to overcome in the current geo-political environment. Event open to all.

  6 June Awards Outreach Seminar, Limerick

This Seminar will educate and inform exporters on international business development strategies and barriers to overcome in the current geo-political environment. Event open to all.

15 September Closing Date for Applications
29 September Shortlisted Companies Announced
10 October Export Industry Awards Alumni Masterclass, Trinity Business School, Dublin
 8 November Export Industry Awards, Convention Centre, Dublin

Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association commented: “Ireland’s export industry has been a story of resilience, innovation and success with Irish products and services renowned for their high quality across the globe. For the past 18 years, the Export Industry Awards have been the leading awards ceremony recognising the outstanding achievements of businesses exporting from Ireland. Despite the headwinds in the global trading environment caused by Brexit, the slowing Chinese economy and increased protectionism, according to CSO data, Ireland’s goods exports exceeded €140 billion in 2018, an annual increase of 14.8% – a new record and clear sign that Ireland Inc. and the Irish export industry continue to adapt and punch far above its weight!

We are delighted to once again partner with our platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin for both, the Export Industry Awards and its esteemed Alumni Programme. Under the topical theme of ‘Driving Growth through Global Headwinds’, this years’ Alumni Programme promises to equip participants with the skills and resources to successfully exploit the challenges of trading internationally.”

Marie Armstrong, Partner, KPMG in Ireland commented: “We are delighted to sponsor the Export Industry Awards in 2019.  We have seen the huge benefits the competition can provide to all participants in the competition as it allows them to reflect and gain insights through the judging process on their journey to date. With the strong challenges businesses are facing in an uncertain global trade environment it is so important that we come together to recognise those companies based in Ireland that continue to drive their own export journey or support Irish exporters.  We are looking forward to partnering with the IEA and the other sponsors in making the 2019 award programme a fantastic success for everyone involved.”

Michael Flynn, Director of Executive Education, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin said: “Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin have joined forces again this year with the Irish Exporters Association and other sponsors in recognition of how important it is to celebrate the successes of Irish based businesses in driving export growth in the face of global economic uncertainty. The Export Industry Awards and Alumni Programme not only showcase export success stories but also provide an important opportunity for businesses to examine best practice in export and export support as well as share in the experiences of business leaders from across Irish industry. We look forward to working with everyone involved in 2019.”  

About the Export Industry Awards

Now in its 19th year, the Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards is the premier event for recognising the achievements of Irish Exporters. The event is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors, including platinum sponsors KPMG, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, as well as Bord Bia, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, GS1 Ireland and media partner The Sunday Times. Exporting businesses are fundamental to Ireland’s global success despite increasingly uncertain international trade. The Export Industry Awards celebrate those Irish businesses that drive growth despite global headwinds. Over 500 export industry professionals will attend the black tie gala event on 8th November at the National Convention Centre.


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For sponsorship enquiries or to register your interest in the Export Industry Awards or Alumni Programme contact:
Blandine Poret, Events Manager, Irish Exporters Association
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E: blandineporet@irishexporters.ie