The end of March marks another successful St. Patrick’s Week for the Enterprise Ireland A/NZ team. The team hosted 14 events across seven cities this month, celebrating Irish innovation and business in Australia and New Zealand.
This year was marked by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Simon Coveney T.D. leading a trade and investment mission to Australia. This Trade & Investment mission was aimed at deepening the close cultural, political, and trade ties between Australia and Ireland. The Minister was joined by Secretary General Dr. Orlaigh Quinn, Enterprise Ireland Head of Regions & Local Enterprise Carol Gibbons, and IDA Ireland Head of Regions, Property, and Enterprise Denis Curran.
The Australian St Patrick’s day events began with the Melbourne Advisory Panel. We welcomed Stephen Nolan from Nutritics and Conor Lyden from TRUSTAP. Both companies gave engaging presentations and thank you again to our panel members for their invaluable advice and continued support for Irish companies looking to grow and scale in Australia.
After a successful panel event, we hosted the Melbourne St Patrick’s Day Business Lunch. This lunch was attended by over 115 Enterprise Ireland clients, friends, and colleagues. During the lunch, we had several insightful speeches, including the Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Simon Coveney. The continued success and close ties between the Irish and Australian markets were further highlighted in an insightful panel discussion between Emma Fitzsimons from Princess Pictures, Craig Katz of Daon, and Jim Breen from PulseLearning Global and IamHERE, moderated by Helen Waldron from Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Our Sydney Trade and Investment Luncheon took place at the Calyx in the Royal Botanical Gardens. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase and celebrate Irish companies’ continued strength and success in the State of New South Wales.
Following on from the success of the Melbourne Panel, an insightful panel discussion was also held in Sydney between Chris Littlewood, Country Manager for Combilift Australia, Kelly-Ann McHugh, Apac Director for MCO (MyComplianceOffice), and Skander Malcolm CEO and Managing Director of OFX, moderated by Helen Waldron from Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Our St Patrick’s Itinerary of events came to an end on St Patrick’s day itself with two successful Panel events.
In the morning, we welcomed Stephen Nolan from Nutritics and Conor Lyden from TRUSTAP. Both companies delivered engaging presentations to Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Simon Coveney, Secretary General Dr. Orlaigh Quinn, Enterprise Ireland Head of Regions & Local Enterprise Carol Gibbons, IDA Ireland Head of Regions, Property, and Enterprise Denis Curran, H.E. Tim Mawe Ambassador of Ireland to Australia, Consulate General of Ireland to New South Wales Rosie Keane and our wider business network.
In the afternoon, we welcomed three Irish companies – Ingenium, Strata, and HT Materials Science – who presented their services/technologies for the construction sector to our panel of trusted advisors and received valuable feedback on the local market fit in Australia and advice on market entry strategy for the region. It was great to have Consul General of Ireland to NSW Rosie Keane and Enterprise Ireland’s Head of Regions and Local Enterprise Carol Gibbons in attendance.
On behalf of the Enterprise Ireland A/NZ team, we would like to thank the traveling delegation and everyone who helped make the trade and investment mission a success. We are looking forward to another year of growing and scaling Irish companies in the Australian and New Zealand markets.