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Get Export Ready

  • July 17, 2015

    The National Export Campaign has joined forces with Enterprise Ireland to run a series of events designed as a masterclass for potential new exporters or early stage exporters to learn how to internationalise their business. The Limerick event on 25 June attracted over 100 delegates to the Radisson Blu Hotel and featured speakers from Kirby sharing their export story along with some practical advice for companies starting their own export journey.

    Business mentor John Lennon hosted the Limerick event drawing on the experiences from Kylie McKenzie and Michael Hennessy of Kirby, in particular, barriers and opportunities of preparing for and finding new customers overseas.  Kirby is a privately owned company who provide high-value engineering and construction services to the most renowned multinational corporations in Ireland, the UK, Continental European and Nordic markets.

    Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association commented, We see a lot of opportunities for Limerick based companies to internationalise, and given the close proximity to Shannon airport we see this for both manufacturing and services businesses. A number of our members in the medical devices, ICT, engineering and pharma industries are part of the strong export community that exists in the region.  This is an excellent part of the country to learn the dos and don’ts of beginning that export journey and to learn from some of the best.”

    Kylie McKenzie, Marketing Manager of Kirby commented, “Hearing real-life stories from companies who have already expanded internationally is extremely valuable.  Kirby are very pleased to share our export experiences to help other Irish businesses grow and expand.”

    The event offered an opportunity to learn about the range of supports available from the Irish Exporters Association, Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Bord Bia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to interact with key sponsors and partners of this initiative: ABP, AIB, DHL, Euler Hermes, PWC, who all provide leading edge guidance, and in many cases, specific products to support exporters.

    Launched in March 2015, the aim of the National Export Campaign and National Export Hub is to increase the number of Irish businesses exporting for the first time, assist Irish businesses to enter new export markets and support Irish exporters to grow their exports in existing markets. Exporting (with Investment) is one of the two key drivers of the Irish Economy.  In 2014 Irish Exports were €207bn, 104% of GDP.

    Kirby shared their export story at the Get Export Ready event in Limerick.