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“Navigating Global Headwinds” - Irish Exporters Association announces Export Industry Award Winners

Michael Flynn, Director of Executive Education at Trinity Business School, addresses a packed National Convention Centre for the Export Industry Awards 2019

Trinity Business School was delighted to celebrate its second year as platinum sponsors of the IEA Export Industry Awards at an Awards Ceremony held at the National Convention Centre in Dublin earlier this month. In partnership with fellow platinum sponsors Facebook and KPMG, the Export Industry Awards have been recognising the tremendous achievements of companies working in the industry for over 18 years.

After applications opened in May, a series of events took place in recent months including Information Seminars and Breakfast Briefings across Ireland, as well as a lifelong learning Alumni Masterclass held at Trinity Business School in October. Designed in conjunction with KPMG, the programme of events aims to inform and educate the export community and allow past Export Industry Award winners to benefit from the knowledge of project partners.

This year’s Alumni Programme welcomed past category winners and former shortlisted Export Industry Award winners for Information Seminars, Workshops and a masterclass organised by MSc in Entrepreneurship Director Dr Giulio Buciuni, who was also on this year’s judging panel.

The theme for the 2019 Awards was “Navigating Global Headwinds”, with companies competing across 12 export industry related categories covering the emerging exporters to established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods, services, software and onward to the multinational companies. This year two new categories were added to the list: Financial Services Partner of the Year and Private Irish Business of the Year. The overall Exporter of the Year is selected from the winners of the individual categories.

After a rigorous judging process, the winners were announced at a black-tie Gala Reception and Awards Night focused on celebrating the exporting companies who have been fundamental to Ireland’s success and have excelled in their sector despite some difficult trading conditions.

Professor Michael Flynn (pictured), Director of Executive Education, spoke on behalf of Trinity Business School at the IEA’s annual flagship event, which included 500 export industry professionals as well as local and international dignitaries. He said "Trinity Business School constantly works to empower Irish business growth and leadership which is why we are delighted to support the Export Industry Awards. An export focused approach is essential for companies operating in Ireland’s open and globally competitive economy. The international success of nominees benefits all of us and we look forward to celebrating with them this year.”

At one of the most competitive years in the Awards’ history, Louth-based East Coast Bakehouse was crowned the overall 2019 Exporter of the Year after winning the Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year earlier in the evening.

Based in Drogheda, the Irish biscuit producer has developed innovative products and is one of the fastest growing food manufacturers in Ireland, exporting to more than a dozen countries. The SME was also recognised for its remarkable Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives including the ‘Baker’s Dozen Fund’, which donates 1/13th of their profits to local charities.

For a full list of category winners, click here.