• PRESS RELEASE: IEA Export Industry Awards breakfast briefing focuses on “Driving Growth through Global Headwinds”

    Dublin, 5th April 2019: The Irish Exporters Association, in partnership with 2019 Export Industry Awards platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, today held the first Breakfast Information Briefing for exporting businesses and service providers. This is the first of a series of briefings on the 2019 Export Industry Awards and exclusive Alumni Masterclass.

    Inspired by this year’s Export Industry Awards Alumni Masterclass theme, “Driving Growth through Global Headwinds,” the event informed and educated participants with case studies from the 2018 IEA Exporter of the Year, Portwest, and the 2018 High Potential Exporter of Year, Nutritics. Participants also received expert briefings on Managing Global Challenges in Business from KPMG Ireland and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin.

    Topics also addressed included: international business development strategies and how to overcome cultural and business barriers in the global geo-political environment.

    Applications for the Export Industry Awards are now open and companies can submit their applications through our online portal at http://www.irishexporters.ie/export-industry-awards/. Companies can compete across 12 export industry related categories to 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

    2019 Programme of events:

    24 March Applications Open Companies can now apply for the 19th Export Industry Awards at http://www.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 support the Export Industry Awards and their recognition of innovation, quality and the development of new markets. Exports are fundamental to Ireland’s economic health, help raise the very high standards of our goods and services and sustain tens of thousands of jobs. We wish all of the participants in this year’s awards every success.”

    Dr. Giulio Buciuni, PhD Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Director of Master in Entrepreneurship, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin said: “Trinity Business School constantly works to empower Irish business growth and leadership which is why we are delighted to support the Export Industry Awards. An export focused approach is essential for companies operating in Ireland’s open and globally competitive economy. The international success of nominees benefits all of us and we look forward to celebrating with them this year.”

    Speakers & Panellists:

    • Harry Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, Portwest
    • Stephen Nolan, Chief Operating Officer, Nutritics
    • Liam Lynch, Partner, KPMG Private Client Services
    • Marie Armstrong, Tax Partner, KPMG
    • Michael John Flynn, Director of Executive Education, Business & Administrative Studies, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

    Moderator: Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association

    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.


    For media queries contact:
    Pascal Koenig, Communications and Public Affairs Manager

    E-mail: pascalkoenig@irishexporters.ie

    Tel:  01 642 4171 / 086 142 3310

    For sponsorship enquiries or to register your interest in the Export Industry Awards or Alumni Programme contact:
    Blandine Poret, Events Manager, Irish Exporters Association
    T: 01 642 4178
    E: blandineporet@irishexporters.ie

    About the Irish Exporters Association:

    The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) assists its members to grow their exports to world markets. We drive and support the growth and development of all exporting businesses based in Ireland. Going forward we have realigned and redeveloped our strategy to support our members to grow their exports to world markets and in 2018, the IEA will perform 3 main functions:

    • Represent the needs of members in the development of policy, lobbying, intervention at government level and in the media. Brexit and the Diversification of Export Markets, Cost Competitiveness, the War for Talent and Entrepreneurship are at the core.
    • Trade Services include practical training, support and consultancy right across the supply chain including customs awareness and audits, export and import compliance, consular, business travel support, route to market and general assistance with trade related queries.
    • Knowledge Networks will support members to: explore new markets, route to market scenario planning, understand customs and supply chain challenges and provide thought leadership through a series of events and webinars. Networking and connectivity remain an important part of membership benefits.

    The IEA represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland as well as the providers of key services to the sector. It is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.