By @SimonCocking

Minister Flanagan and Minister Bruton announce Enterprise Ireland international programme and St Patrick's Day Programme 2015

Enterprise Ireland international 2015 programme launched

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD,  launched the 2015 programme of events targeting trade and investment for Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland’s programme of trade missions and international activity for 2015, will see a total of 121 international trade missions and events to support Irish companies selling abroad, up from 118 in 2014. 2014 exports by Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland significantly exceeded previous records and supported 8,500 extra jobs in Ireland.

The announcement took place at the headquarters of ding*, the world’s largest top-up provider and an innovative Irish company which has benefited from trade missions and Enterprise Ireland support in the past.

Delivering an intensive programme of ministerial-led trade missions is a key commitment in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. The number of ministerial-led Enterprise Ireland trade missions has more than doubled since 2011.

Announcing the Enterprise Ireland programme, Minister Bruton said:

“At the heart of the Action Plan for Jobs is our drive to increase Ireland’s exports and create more jobs in exporting companies here. Over the past 4 years, exporting companies have increased their employment by nearly 40,000, with massive knock-on impact across the country. The challeng is to broaden and deepen that impact, and that is why we are increasing our programme of supports for our exporting companies.

“In 2014, exports by Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland saw a major increase over  previous records, supporting an extra 8,500 extra jobs in Ireland. By putting together a programme of international activities for 2015 that is more ambitious and more intensive again, I am convinced that we can support more exports and more jobs in Irish companies right around the country this year. This jobs growth is what will ultimately enable us to grow tax revenues and ultimately deliver income tax cuts and improved services, improving people’s lives”.

Brendan Flood, Head of International Sales and Partnering at Enterprise Ireland

“Exports create and sustain jobs in Ireland. 2014 was a record year for new job creation by Enterprise Ireland companies. Our focus in 2015 is firmly on building on this success by helping clients grow their export sales. Central to Enterprise Ireland’s strategy are Ministerial-led trade missions and international events which are invaluable in opening doors and making high-level introductions for our clients, enabling them exploit the opportunities that exist in global markets.

The locations selected are based on our research and market intelligence pointing to the locations and sectors with the greatest opportunity to grow exports. Our 2015 International Events Programme is designed to meet the needs of companies at different stages of development, from looking at new market opportunities, to scaling their progress in their key markets. At the core of this programme is creating opportunities to meet key decision makers in international companies”

Enterprise Ireland International Programme
Full programme available here. The International Events Programme 2015 lists all activities that Enterprise Ireland has organised to assist clients to develop and build their international business. It is the largest programme ever launched by Enterprise Ireland. There are a total of 121 events for this year. In 2014 there were 118

The purpose of publishing this programme is to allow Irish companies to identify which events are most suitable to assist them to achieve sales in their key markets ; to look at opportunities in new markets and finally to learn about new ways of doing business

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