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Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse to speak at Scottish/Irish network event

With the EU referendum result still casting a cloud of uncertainty over the
business community in Scotland, the Irish Business Network Scotland (IBNS)
offers a beacon of hope, providing the opportunity to foster business
relationships between Scotland and Ireland.

The recently formed organisation underlines its credentials this week hosting
an event at Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday (Sept 27th) with the
keynote speaker, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul
Wheelhouse MSP.

The prestigious venue will be an ideal networking opportunity for business
people from across Ireland and throughout Scotland and underlines the
support IBNS has had from the Scottish and Irish governments.

The Network’s Chairman Colm Moloney a businessman originally from Cork
but now based in Edinburgh, explains the goal of the organisation:

“The relationship between Scotland and Ireland, including Northern
Ireland was born in the mists of time, but is more vibrant, vital and
valued today than it ever has been. IBNS want to create a network that
shares ideas and information, creates opportunities for partnerships
and collaborations while tapping into the experience of those people
and companies that have made a success of broadening their horizons
on both sides of the Irish Sea.”

Colm Moloney is thrilled to have someone of Mr. Wheelhouse’s stature to
address the Network members and their guests:

“We are a fledgling organisation, but since our launch in June we have
had some senior political figures supporting our work including the Irish
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture
Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP. To have someone of
the political standing of Paul Wheelhouse with us on Tuesday and the
continued support of the Irish Consul General Mark Hanniffy who will
also be at the event, just underlines how far we have come in a short
period of time.”

Ireland and Scotland have strong economic links with over £1bn of exports to
Ireland, making it Scotland’s sixth largest export market. These business ties
between the countries play a vital role in each nation’s economic growth. The
UK is the third biggest investor in Ireland, meanwhile Irish business in
Scotland supports almost 6,000 jobs and creates a turnover of over £2.5 bn.

The IBNS is keen to hear Belfast born Paul Wheelhouse’s thoughts, as
Scotland’s Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, on strengthening
business relationships and creating further opportunities between the nations.
With innovation being a key focus of the Minister, it will be interesting to hear
his views on how growth in sectors such as technology and research and
development can be achieved.

The network has also received backing from the business community, with the
event being sponsored by RSM, a global audit, tax and consulting firm and
representatives from Tourism Ireland, Allied Irish Bank and a host of other
organisations set to attend.

Patrick Norris, head of RSM’s Irish desk in the UK is enthusiastic about his
firm’s involvement with the Irish Business Network Scotland:

“As close partners – both in geography and approach to business –
Ireland presents key trading and investment opportunities for Scottish
businesses. RSM is proud to support the event and we look forward to
hearing from Paul Wheelhouse on collaboration and exploring
reciprocal business opportunities between the two great nations.”

In another show of support for this exciting initiative, Aer Lingus Regional has
provided a prize for the event. Attendees at the event will submit their
business cards, with one lucky winner claiming two return flights on any of the
Aer Lingus Scotland-Ireland routes.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The event will take place on Tuesday 27th September in the Satinwood Suite
of Glasgow City Chambers. The reception will start at 6pm, with speeches
commencing at 7pm.

For any further information please contact Prima Communications and Media
Ltd using the following contact details:

Jim Cassidy: 07775953990 jimcassidy@prima-media.co.uk
Hannah Runga: 07833230441 hannahrunga@prima-media.co.uk

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