First Trade Missions to UK and Europe to Accelerate Business to Ireland

First Trade Missions news
Leo Varadkar - Tánaiste

Two trade missions taking place this week are the beginning of the return to normal business life. The lifting of restrictions on courses, conferences and meetings by the Government, from today, is also a sign that business will return to normal quite soon. 

The Tánaiste –Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment– Leo Varadkar today began a three-day mission, visiting London, Paris and Berlin. His visit will be to accelerate the export-led recovery of Irish businesses in the UK and Eurozone, Ireland’s closest markets.

The UK, France and Germany combined represent 39% of total Enterprise Ireland client exports in 2020. More than 2,300 Enterprise Ireland client companies are exporting to these three markets. 

This is the first in-person trade mission undertaken by Enterprise Ireland following the EU-UK Trade Agreement and following the onset of Covid-19. Over the last 12 months, 95 companies have set up a new presence on the ground in the UK, French and German markets. They represent a broad range of sectors including digital technology, life sciences, construction, fintech, energy and transport. 

Ambassador to Host Key Tourism Clients

Catherine Martin –Minister for Tourism, Arts, Sports and Media– and chief executive of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons will be on the road to London later in the week. The minister will be meeting the Tourism Ireland team and key clients in London. Ambassador Adrian O’Neill will be hosting a Tourism Ireland dinner in the Irish Embassy to promote tourism to Ireland. It is the first tourism mission since early 2020.



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