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08 December 2017 – Edinburgh

Christmas Drinks – Causeway Social Event

Join your fellow Causeway members for a festive get together at Malones on the Mall.

Let’s acknowledge a great 18 months for Causeway, our rebranded business exchange. We have continued to strengthen business links between Scotland and Ireland by hosting 20 events with over 800 delegates. We have forged great business relationships on both sides of the water, and there have been many deals closed.

To quote Paul Doherty, Managing Director of GDG, a corporate member who joined us at our recent Dublin launch at the British Embassy; “There is only an upside to being a member of Causeway”.

So join us for a social evening as we toast goodbye to a successful 2017. And don’t forget to wrap up!! Venue, although covered and with heaters, is outdoors.

Reserve your tickets – here


18 January 2018 – Edinburgh

How to Market, Engage & Influence Across the Irish Sea Post Brexit

Join Causeway for what promises to be a thought provoking event for professionals operating in a disruptive marketplace. Hosted at the conveniently located Represent premises, we will hear from marketeers and communicators who are engaged in marketing to audiences on both sides of the water. What will the impact of Brexit be?  Do we need to future proof business and adapt our communications strategies and messages?

Welcome: Judith O’Leary MD of Represent PR & Digital Agency, & Causeway Committee Member

Speakers: Brigid Whoriskey, Envision Business Solutions

Tom Byrne, Pathfinder, British Irish Chamber Board


6pm Arrival – Drinks & Canapés

6.30pm- 7pm Introduction & Speakers

7pm Questions / Debate

7.30pm – 8pm Networking

Represent’s offices are situated just minutes from Waverley Station with plenty of on street parking.

The event is open to all members of Causeway, or by invitation from Represent or our speakers.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Reserve your tickets – here


Past Events

04 October 2017 – Edinburgh

Brexit the Scottish Perspective

Mike Russell, MSP Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, will provide an insight into the negotiations on Brexit. There will be an opportunity for questions, discussions and networking, for what will be a thought provoking breakfast seminar.

Irish Consulate, Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh
Breakfast Event (8.00am – 9.30am)

Reserve your tickets – here


05 October 2017 – Edinburgh

Where do you think you are tax resident? Does it matter?

This important topic will consider:

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  • What are the changes to UK taxation in recent years and following the general election?
  • How does that fit in with the Global attack on tax avoidance?
  • Where are you resident and why?
  • What does being a Scottish taxpayer mean and who is liable?
  • Where are internationally mobile employees taxed and why?
  • What changes have happened to the UK, NI and ROI personal tax scene?


Event Speakers

David Payne

David is a tax partner in Glasgow dealing with corporate and personal taxes and employer solutions. David is responsible for the tax affairs of a family with a £1000m property portfolio, a client who is a private equity fund and a property fund of over £500m.

Jim Burberry

Jim is RSM’s head of VAT and indirect taxes practice in Scotland. Jim works with his fellow partners and colleagues in other tax disciplines to deliver composite, practical and commercial tax solutions. He is part of RSM’s food and drink, real estate and construction and not-for-profit sector teams.

Suzanne O’Neill

Suzanne O’Neill is an FCCA and a Chartered Tax Advisor.  She has over 25 years’ experience working in practice advising family businesses within the SME sector.

Suzanne advises family companies and individuals within the Private Client services division of the firm.  She manages the  Midlands office in Birr, Co. Offaly, offering a wide range of professional services to clients throughout the midlands, including Audit, Compliance and Tax Consulting services.


A light breakfast will be provided along with time for networking.

Hosted and Sponsored by our Corporate Members – RSM

Reserve your tickets – here


10 October 2017 – Glasgow

Building the British Irish Business Relationship

H.E. Adrian O’Neill has recently been appointed as Ambassador of Ireland to
the UK and would be delighted to meet members of the IBNS
20 minute presentation followed by Q&A
Location – 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5SG
Breakfast Event (8.00am – 10.00am)

Reserve your tickets – here

12 October 2017 – Dublin

Scottish and Irish Financial Synergies

The Irish Business Network Scotland, PwC, and the Scottish Irish Finance Initiative invite you to join leaders of the finance industry as we discuss the benefits and opportunities of a common focus between Scottish and Irish financial services industries.

Change creates opportunities – while last year’s vote in the UK to leave the European Union has led to significant challenges for banks, insurers and the fund industry, Ireland, and Scotland have the skills, synergies, expertise and experience that together can offer solutions to companies caught up in the uncertainty.

Topics & speakers include:
Andy O’Callaghan, PwC European Asset and Wealth Management Leader

Dr. Frances Ruane, Chairman of the SIFI Advisory Board, member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the Scottish Government and the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe.

David Clarke CFA, Policy Director & Dr. Daniel Broby, ‎Academic Director, Scottish Irish Finance Initiative, and Director, Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation. Strathclyde Business School will deliver a policy paper on a shared offering for the asset management industry.

The event will close with 2 panel discussions covering the areas of asset management and Fintech.  

Event details:
Date:                Thursday, 12 October

4.00pm Registration and networking tea & coffee
4.30pm Event kick off
6.00pm Event concludes
Location:         PwC, One Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Reserve your tickets – click here

08 June 2017

IBNS First Anniversary and Awards Dinner – City Chambers, Edinburgh

Join us, the committee and members of the Irish Business Network Scotland, for a celebration of our first year supporting and enhancing business links between Ireland and Scotland. After a successful launch in Edinburgh Castle on 8th June 2016, it was a natural choice to return to the Capital for our anniversary dinner and awards ceremony.


27 April 2017

The Scotland Ireland Financial Sector – “Exploring New Links”

The Irish Business Network Scotland, in partnership with Consulate General of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Scottish Irish Finance Initiative, invites you to an event to explore and develop links between the financial industries in Scotland and Ireland.

Scotland is a world leader in asset management, insurance and banking, with upwards of $1tn of assets under management, while Ireland has built itself into one of the world’s leading fund hubs and a centre for servicing investment banks and hedge funds.

This event, hosted by Consul General of Ireland Mark Hanniffy, will provide a forum to identify and explore synergies and opportunities for cooperation between firms from Scotland and Ireland active in the sector. There will be short presentations from David Clarke, Director of the Scottish Irish Finance Initiative, and Daniel Broby, Director for the Centre of Financial Regulation and Innovation at the University of Strathclyde. These will be followed by a reception and an opportunity for networking.

15 March 2017

Cracking the Scottish Market: An Irish Contractors experience in Scotland (click to register)

Join us for an evening to learn about an Irish contractors experiences setting up in Scotland.

Jim Kelly from Coffey Construction will be speaking at the Irish Business Network Scotland event on March 15th in conjunction with Hudson and is kindly being hosted at their offices in Glasgow. The evening is not to be missed for professionals wishing to get a better insight into an Irish organisation that has entered the Scottish marketplace and worked with most of Scotland’s councils as well as various high profile projects.

24 March 2017

Brexit and Ireland: a Business and Economic Perspective (click to register)

Keynote address by Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain

This event forms part of the Irish Business Network Scotland/Consulate General of Ireland Business Breakfast Series. Ambassador Mulhall’s keynote address will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A and open discussion

06 April 2017

Ports, Harbours and Marine Engineering Seminar

The Irish Business Network Scotland together with Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions are hosting two events in Edinburgh on Thursday April 6th.

These are:
• An afternoon seminar on “Ports, Harbours and Marine Engineering” at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street.

• An “Evening Celebration” at The Refinery, St. Andrew Square, marking the 1st anniversary of our Edinburgh office.

The afternoon seminar has the following line up of speakers:
• Paul Doherty MD GDGEO Paul Doherty, GDG, ‘Geotechnical Engineering in the Marine Environment – Risk versus Reward’
• John O’ Sullivan, SSE, ‘Extreme Engineering in an Offshore World – Beatrice project’
• Ryan Dillon, Farrans, ‘The Seaforth Passage Widening Scheme’
• Damian Callan, McLaughlin & Harvey, “Foundation Challenges in Marine Renewable Projects”
• Tom Young, Arch Henderson, ‘Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project – The Story So Far’
• Manus Quigg, Brodies Solicitors, Contractual Issues on D&B Marine Projects

Places are limited and are filling up quickly, so if you would like to join us, please secure your place by registering attendance on the following eventbrite links:

Seminar invitation:

Evening Gathering invitation:

03 March 2017

Off- Site Construction – lessons from Japan

This breakfast networking event hosted jointly by IBNS, Anderson Strathern, and Construction Scotland will look at the opportunities of off-site construction in Scotland and will share the lessons learnt from this trip. It will offer an opportunity to hear brief presentations from all three speakers on their opinions of modular building as well as a chance to ask questions and network with others working in this sector.

December 2016

Social Event in Glasgow, 8th December, Radisson Blu Hotel

Social Event in Edinburgh, 15th December, Malones Bar

November 2016

Irish Ministerial Trade Mission on Energy followed by evening drinks reception, 8th November, Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh

Tuesday 27th September 2016, 6-8pm – City Chambers, Glasgow

IBNS will be hosting its next event, and second in Glasgow, in the City Chambers with key note speakers and networking opportunities.

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

Ros Taylor, Corporate Leadership Coach

We return once again to Glasgow to bring the first full networking event to our West Coast members.  A City with strong historic Irish connections, it will prove to be an informative and productive business event.  We look forward to welcoming our members, together with our guests for the evening.

It is our pleasure to thank RSM, our corporate sponsor and IBNS member, for supporting this event.


Friday 17th June 2016, 2.15pm- RSM Offices, Glasgow

The IBNS is delighted to announce its next event. We will welcome to this special event, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, who will discuss the importance of trade links between Ireland and Scotland, as well as a general discussion around the EU referendum and its impact on businesses on both sides of the Irish Sea.



Wednesday 8th June 2016, 7.30pm – Edinburgh Castle

IBNS will launch at Edinburgh Castle on 8th June 2016 with keynote speakers and networking opportunities. The event has been sponsored by Allied Irish Bank, one of our key corporate supporters and represented on the committee of the IBNS.

Speaking on the night:

Dr Mark Hanniffy, Consul General of Ireland for Scotland

Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Pascal Donohoe, Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport

We look forward to seeing all invited guests on the night for what will be a fantastic opportunity to meet with like-minded business people from Scotland and the whole of Ireland.


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