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‘Driving Growth through Global Headwinds’: Briefing Marks Opening of Export Industry Awards Applications

April 25th, 2019

(L-R) Dr. Giulio Buciuni, Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Trinity Business School, pictured here with Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association, Stephen Nolan of 2018 High Potential Exporter of the Year Nutritics and Harry Hughes of 2018 IEA Exporter of the Year, Portwest.

As platinum sponsors of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) Export Industry Awards, Trinity Business School recently attended the first in a series of breakfast information briefings on the 2019 Awards and its Alumni Programme; which promises to equip participants with the skills and resources to successfully exploit the challenges of trading internationally.

Designed in conjunction with KPMG and Trinity Business School, the Alumni Programme includes information seminars, workshops and a masterclass organised by the School that will involve past category winners and former shortlisted Export Industry Award winners. The Masterclass will take place in Trinity Business School on Thursday 10th October 2019 - just under a month before the Export Industry Awards Gala on the 8th of November in the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Inspired by this year’s Alumni Masterclass theme, ‘Driving Growth through Global Headwinds’, the briefing event gave participants the chance to hear from an array of speakers including Trinity Business School’s MSc in Entrepreneurship Director Dr. Giulio Buciuni, fellow platinum sponsors KPMG, the 2018 IEA Exporter of the Year, Portwest, and the 2018 High Potential Exporter of Year, Nutritics.

Harry Hughes, Chief Executive of safety wear company Portwest and former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year, spoke about the inspiration that has seen the company grow from a local SME to a global player operating in 120 countries with over 3,000 employees worldwide.

Stephen Nolan, COO of Nutritics, also educated participants on how his company became a fast-growing leader in food and nutrition information technology; providing software to companies such as Nestle, Starbucks and a host of Premier League football clubs.

Participants then experienced expert briefings on ‘Managing Global Challenges in Business’ from KPMG Partner Liam Lynch and Dr. Giulio Buciuni. Mr. Lynch advised businesses on international business development strategies and the importance of having a clear central mission and sticking with it, whilst Dr. Buciuni gave his view on globalization and how the global geo-political environment can bring opportunities for entrepreneurs and their ventures.

The four speakers then took questions from the floor before Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the IEA, presented the 12 categories from the Awards with two new additions, ‘Financial Services’ and ‘Private Irish Business’.

Dr. Buciuni commented: “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.”

Applications for the Export Industry Awards are now open and companies can submit their applications through the online portal. Companies can compete across 12 export industry related categories to be announced, after a rigorous judging process, at a Gala Reception and Awards Night in the company of over 500 export industry professionals.