Wednesday, April 09 11:06:26
Enterprise Ireland is today holding its inaugural Ones to Watch workshop and networking event in London for owners of innovative Irish companies doing business in the UK.
The event coincides with President Higgins' historic visit to the United Kingdom and is being hosted by the Embassy of Ireland, London. It is aimed at supporting Irish High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) companies to accelerate their sales growth and consolidate relationships in the UK market.
The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, who is representing the Irish Government throughout the State visit, will also address today's event.
Forty of these Irish companies are taking part, representing the next wave of young innovative Irish businesses supported by Enterprise Ireland and carving out new business relationships and opportunities in the UK. Also attending will be 60 of their key UK customers and partners including Facebook, Telefonica, Techstars, Vodafone, Marriott Group and The British Fashion Council, along with strategic UK experts across a range of disciplines and leading British investment institutions.
Speaking at today's event, the Tanaiste said: 'Ireland is the UK's fifth-largest export market, and the UK is Ireland's largest trading partner. Nowhere is this key relationship more evident than in Ireland's early-stage companies' focus on the UK market. The number of these companies targeting the UK has nearly doubled over the past four years, with the volume of their exports to the UK increasing by 55 percent in 2012. This event will provide a unique forum to strengthen and deepen business relationships between Ireland's newest technology and services companies and UK industry, and to identify new joint business opportunities'.