Update from the 2019 British Irish Chamber of Commerce Spring Dinner
We have been working more actively in the Irish market for over 3 years and decided to join the British Irish Chamber of Commerce this year – going to our first dinner event last Wednesday the 27th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin. Alongside John Cronin the President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, there were two key speakers – Jane Howard – CEO of Ulster Bank and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade – Simon Coveney (pictured – left to right).
Two days before the intended day of Brexit, the event was very much centred around the continuing partnership between the UK and Ireland in an uncertain future. What was certain was the emphasis on the need for us to remain closely linked in trade and build on relationships respectively, whatever happens. This call for unity felt refreshing in a disruptive political time. The message was loud and clear – good things happen when people work together and let’s continue this – irrespective of the outcome of Brexit, was the message we heard. John Cronin explained, “Regardless of what happens next, the UK will remain an important market for Irish firms and vice versa” …. “the UK has always been our most important trading partner, and we will ensure that we will continue to have a close relationship post Brexit” (see link below for full quotes).
The event was a great success and well worth the visit, everyone we spoke to including those hosting the event were extremely friendly and willing to engage in open and honest conversations about the topics of the evening. It is always useful speaking to people outside of the industry and keep up to date with what is happening in their world.
One particular moment that sticks in our minds is when the results from the indicative votes were projected onto the walls, reminding us that we were all together in this pocket of history – and while many of us can relate to feeling tired with the whole political process… we must remind ourselves to nurture our relationships, particularly across borders, seas, countries, oceans, continents and even worlds… if you believe in life on Mars that is!