Event to discuss post-Brexit opportunities in Clare and Mid-West

Event to discuss post-Brexit opportunities in Clare and Mid-West

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With the Brexit deadline on October 31st fast approaching, Guaranteed Irish is reminding business members across various sectors nationwide of the need to prepare for the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

The business membership organisation is working closely with business members in Clare in preparation for a post Brexit economy with an upcoming “Brexit- An Opportunity for the Midwest?” event at the Clayton Hotel, Limerick on October 23rd.

Guaranteed Irish currently has 17 business members in Clare and the surrounding area, including Tierney’s Office Automation, CupPrint and Torpey Hurleys. Together, the Guaranteed Irish network in the Mid-West supports over 840 jobs with an annual combined turnover of over €40 million to the local economy.

In October, Guaranteed Irish will mark the fast-approaching Brexit deadline with a breakfast briefing taking place on Friday October 23rd at the Clayton Hotel, Limerick from 8am – 10:30am.

The event will be attended by industry leading guests including:

Senator Maria Byrne, Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills

David Conway, CEO, Limerick 2030

Dr Mary Shire, Director of Strategic Alliances, University of Limerick

Colm O’Brien, Managing Director, Carambola

Mary Considine, acting CEO, Shannon Group PLC

Miriam Magner Flynn, MD Career Decisions

Guaranteed Irish is one of Ireland’s most enduring, recognisable and authentic symbols. Guaranteed Irish has a network of 600+ members nationwide across various sectors, supporting over 71,390 jobs with an annual combined turnover of €11.2 billion to the Irish economy. The business membership organisation is currently experiencing an increase in inquiries from businesses throughout Ireland. The Guaranteed Irish symbol helps Irish consumers identify products and services that are a better choice for jobs and local communities in Ireland. Businesses that have been awarded the Guaranteed Irish mark have fulfilled the following criteria:

People & Jobs: Businesses that provide quality, sustainable jobs for people living in Ireland.

Place/ Provenance: Businesses that genuinely operate and add value in Ireland.

Enterprise & Community: Businesses that meaningfully engage with the local communities in which they are based.

‘By being Guaranteed Irish, it’s a differentiator for businesses in Ireland, a platform to gain a competitive advantage. The Guaranteed Irish mark speaks volumes about a company’s values. Guaranteed Irish represents all that is good about Ireland and we need to protect those businesses who aspire to that,’ Brid O’Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish

Senator Maria Byrne says: “The Government is continuing its intensive preparations for the possibility of a no deal Brexit. Given the lack of clarity regarding the timing and format that the UK’s exit will take, Budget 2020 will be prepared on the assumption of a disorderly Brexit and will provide measures to ensure that businesses in Ireland are prepared to the greatest extent possible for a No Deal Brexit”

“Many local businesses’ imports come via the UK. In a no-deal Brexit, local customers could face significant price increases to cover potentially non-reclaimable UK VAT at 20 per cent, import duties, customs, additional certification requirements and logistical delays. In light of this, businesses in the Mid-West can prepare for Brexit by working closely with Guaranteed Irish in a bid to safeguard jobs in their local communities and prepare necessary plans to meet the challenge of Brexit”.

To confirm your interest in attending the Preparing for Brexit workshop in Limerick on October 23rd, contact the Guaranteed Irish team directly at info@guaranteedirish.ie at the earliest convenience.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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