Over the last 18 months, Causeway (formerly Irish Business Network Scotland) has run many events in Scotland. It all started in Edinburgh Castle on 8th June 2016, where we announced an ambitious vision of what the organisation would deliver on behalf of Irish and Scottish business and business people.
We have certainly succeeded in creating an organisation, that has even surpassed our expectations, in terms of profile, reach, event coverage, and membership numbers. It is now recognised by government and industry as a key cog in the wheel of commerce between both countries.
Astonishingly, and whether this was good or bad timing for Causeway, two weeks after our launch in Edinburgh, Brexit was born!
The decision by the British voters to exit from the Single European Market, albeit a massive surprise to all, further emphasised the need for an informal business exchange, like Causeway, to help retain, and further drive, the strong collaboration between Ireland and Scotland – both culturally and economically.
Key to our vision for the success of Causeway, is to ensure we make as much of an impact in the island of Ireland, as we have done in Scotland. Our aim as an organisation is to provide a robust platform for businesses in both countries to collaborate and share opportunities and knowledge.
So, it was with great anticipation that we launched Causeway into Ireland last month, alongside our close partners Scottish Government’s Innovation Hub, based in Dublin. This was an obvious joint event, with the Innovation Hub looking after the interests, and driving new business, from Scotland into the Irish economy. With a large member base of Irish business people based in Scotland alongside our Scottish members, providing a further route into the Irish economy for Scottish business, is a key activity and a natural progression for Causeway.
Our aim is to be truly bi-directional in our focus, and with this step into Ireland, we are fulfilling our main objective as an organisation – supporting both Irish and Scottish business as they setup and thrive within either country.
Just a few weeks later, we took part in the St Andrews Day celebrations in Dublin under the Causeway banner – again, alongside the Scottish Innovation Hub, who hosted a reception for Scottish businesses at the British Embassy with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop. This was followed by a huge celebration of everything Scottish, in the Royal Dublin Society, with 140+ mainly Scots, with a number of supporting Irish businesses.
Another positive aspect to this event, was having the opportunity to highlight the opportunities that Causeway can bring for Scots based in Ireland. A chance to collectively share experiences and business opportunities, just like the organisation has been successfully doing for Irish business based in Scotland for the last 18 months.
Our next step will be a leap up North, to focus on the Northern Irish business community early next year. With a trip from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Belfast taking less time (and money) than driving to Carlisle, again our shared culture and business interests will hold the same opportunity for Causeway and its members as we move into 2018.
To become a member of Causeway and to start collaborating and sharing opportunities,
please sign up here – Membership Form
Causeway was established in January 2016, as a not for profit organisation, by a group of like-minded business people from Ireland and Scotland, who believe that enhancing communication and building relationships between individuals and organisations from both countries will add significant value to their business.
Causeway has three primary objectives:
- To facilitate better communication, connectivity, and collaboration between the business communities of Ireland and Scotland.
- To provide a forum to assist entrepreneurs and companies operating or seeking to operate in Ireland or Scotland.
- To form a two-way platform for engagement between business and government.
Visit our soon to be relaunched website at www.causewayexchange.net