At the Web Bureau we are continually looking at ways to enhance innovation, increase growth and develop new enterprise throughout Ireland. We are actively seeking new ways to establish and expand our own cross-border market. Therefore we were delighted to be recognised as ‘Business Ambassadors’ by InterTradeIreland earlier this year.
Last week, we were invited down to Dublin to be awarded with our ‘Business Ambassador’ status for enterprise and innovation across Ireland. The event was held in the Mansion House in Dublin and was hosted by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.
Every county in Ireland was represented by Business Ambassadors, who were nominated as companies that had successfully embraced innovation; developed new cross-border markets or secured venture capital with InterTradeIreland’s support. Representing the full spectrum of industries, these companies (including the Web Bureau) have generated approximately €20 million in additional business value to the Irish economy to date.
Since 2003, InterTradeIreland has helped more than 25,000 companies with cross-border information and services, supporting over 6,000 SMEs through its trade and innovation programmes. The result has been over €885 million worth of trade and business development and the creation of 3,000 jobs through its programmes. For every €1 invested in InterTradeIreland, it provides a twelve-fold return in business development value..
Speaking following the event, Margaret Hearty, Acting CEO, InterTradeIreland said ‘We have supported businesses from a diverse range of sectors right across Ireland and we are extremely proud of their achievements. These firms represent many of Ireland’s most resilient and ambitious SMEs that are a testament of what can be achieved through enterprise and innovation. It is important that we recognise their success which we hope in turn will inspire other businesses to seek the support needed to develop and take their business to the next level.’
Our Technical Director, Colin Graham took the trip down and was lucky enough to meet President Michael D. Higgins at a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin!