Immigrant entrepreneurs good for Irish exports

Joanna Norton, founder and CEO of Click4ESOL; economist Jim Power; Asheesh Dewan, founder of the Jaipur restaurant chain and (originally from India); Maciej Koczur, founder of the social enterprise CallamediC (originally from Poland); Professor

Ireland’s immigrants and expats offer a viable means of expanding merchandise and service exports from the SME sector, which usually underperforms big business in international trade, a seminar heard today. This was a view put across by Professor Ivan Light, an international expert on migration and enterprise, who believes Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from migrant entrepreneurship. The seminar, co-hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, focused on the economic contribution made by migrant entrepreneurs; the level of entrepreneurship amongst Ireland’s migrant communities; and the job creation impact of enterprises founded by migrants. A professor of sociology at the University of California, Professor Light has researched and written extensively…

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New initiative launched to support budding food entrepreneurs

Food entrepreneurs and those who feel they could create and run a successful export-orientated food business will be interested in ‘Food Works’, a new comprehensive training and development programme launched today. Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc have combined resources to design an in-depth process aimed at finding and fostering global food entrepreneurs. Successful participants will be given a range of practical business supports required to develop an initial concept into a winning food product with international appeal. The available supports will include consumer market research, business plan development, technical advice, commercial viability testing in addition to access to incubation units, research and development (R&D) facilities and possible investors. Speaking…

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30 export jobs to be offered on new website

A new website, launched by InterTradeIreland today,, will be offering 30 export sales jobs later this year through it’s ACUMEN programme. A further 60 positions will also be on offer through its technology transfer progamme, FUSION. The jobs are located across the island and are open to recent and past graduates, north and south. The new website will offer access to the latest job details, videos from past graduates on their experience and place to share knowledge and information with other graduates. The social hub within the website will also give current graduates and alumni the opportunity to further engage with one another, raise discussions and share best practice…

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Exclusive: the new era for visas in Ireland

Chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) John Whelan has welcomed the vision for a new era for visa systems for Ireland, which was outlined at the second meeting of the Export Trade Council held last week. The main elements of this new era are: Visa waiver programme The Irish short-stay visa waiver programme started last July was scheduled to run until the end of October 2012, taking into account the period of the London Olympics. Due to the positive impact of this programme a proposal to extend it indefinitely will be submitted to Government by the end of February and is expected to be approved, according to Whelan.…

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25 Irish Companies to Take Part in Trade Mission to Turkey


Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD is leading an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Turkey from 8-11 April with the aim of increasing exchanges between the two countries. Twenty-five Irish software, engineering, and internationally traded services companies are going on the trade mission. The delegation will undertake a series of high-level meetings with government Ministries in Ankara together with some business meetings, engagements and networking events in Istanbul. According to Kevin Buckley, Enterprise Ireland manager for Turkey and Italy, the trade mission will serve as an important springboard for Irish companies wishing to expand their focus in the Turkish market and build on their regional…

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