Doing Business in Ireland

13 September 2016

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Ever thought of Ireland as an export market? You should!

Find out more at our half-day workshop.

If you’re thinking about taking your business into exporting, Ireland is an ideal first step market for Scottish companies looking to do business abroad - find out why at this FREE workshop in Inverness on 13th September.

  • Date: 13th September 2016
  • Location: Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
  • Time: 09.30am -12.30pm followed by networking lunch and one to one meetings
  • Cost: The course is free of charge, Why Ireland?

Ireland is the UK's largest export market in food and drink, and second largest in clothing, fashion and footwear, with trade in other sectors continuing to grow. Exports from Scotland to Ireland support the Scottish economy to the tune of £920 million.

  • English speaking
  • Same time zone
  • Strong transport links & geographical proximity
  • Similar regulatory and legal framework
  • Ideal starter or test export market
  • Sophisticated consumer market
  • Open economy, used to imports
  • Good perception of the quality of British goods and services

Who’s it for?

If you’re new to exporting or looking to move into new markets, this event showcases a range of professional support and advice to help businesses maximise their potential in the Irish market.

How does it work?

This market awareness event offers valuable advice on how to make a successful entry to this lucrative market. A series of talks by experts in all areas of exporting to Ireland and the Irish business landscape is complemented by opportunities to book one-to-one appointments with advisers on the day, and information about the upcoming market visit to Ireland at the end of November.

What are the benefits?

  • Gain valuable insights into the Irish market from a range of specialists   
  • Learn more about support available to you from Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Find out about the upcoming market visit organised by Scottish Development International
  • One to one advisory meetings (by request) with key speakers 
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded companies

Exporting to Ireland is run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Development International.


09.30 Registration, networking and refreshments

10.00 Introductions - Martin Johnson, Regional Head of International Trade and Investment

10.05 Market insights

         John Webster, Head of the Scottish Government Office in Ireland

         John McGrane, CEO British Irish Chambers of Commerce

         Shirley McCay, Director UK Trade and Investment in Ireland

10.45 Q & A

11.00 Coffee break

11.15 Experience of the market - Angus MacFarlane, Director of Business Design for Pathfinder

11.30 Experience of the market and support available - Colm Moloney, Director of Rubicon Heritage and CEO of the Irish Business Network in Scotland

11.45 Business support available from HIE for international trade - Stewart Miller, Export adviser, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

12.00 Market research services – Paul Campbell, Scottish Enterprise

12.10 Market visit - Kristell Clunie, Scottish Development International

12.20 Q & A

12.30 Lunch and Networking

13.15 One to one meetings 

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