Dublin 2016

In 2016 Enterprise Nation scales up its Go Global campaign to run five missions and deliver year-round content on how to enter new markets. The first mission is to Dublin on 10 and 11 March. Places are now open for a mission that will particularly appeal to companies in the food, fashion, footwear and homeware sectors.

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Ireland imports more from the UK than any other country. It is the UK’s largest export market in food and drink, and second largest market in clothing, fashion and footwear. Ireland is an ideal first step to exporting for UK companies. Will it be yours?

Join us for a two day/one night mission to meet tech titans who will show how to leverage social media platforms to go global, meet with pre-selected Irish companies looking for the products and services you offer, hear from successful Irish entrepreneurs and meet buyers in the food, fashion and homewares sectors.

Updates to the programme will be announced to mission go-ers and via @e_nation on Twitter with the #GoGlobal hashtag.

Go Global Dublin: The programme

Thursday 10 March 2016  

10.40am Depart from London Gatwick airport 

12.00pm Arrive at Dublin airport

1.00pm Visit to Facebook 

You will hear from Facebook on how to promote your products and services in Ireland and meet business owners who have successfully achieved this within the Irish market. 

3.00pm Visit to Twitter 

You will hear from official Twitter 'tweeters' on how to optimise your account when trading in multiple markets, what changes you should make and what should be kept consistent for domestic and international markets. 

4.30pm Visit to LinkedIn 

Meet the LinkedIn team who will talk about how to use your LinkedIn profile to your advantage when starting out as an exporter. Topics covered include the best ways to get the most out of your LinkedIn account when thinking about exporting, approaching people local to the market you are entering and how to source professional expertise you need to export, right from your LinkedIn account. 

6.30pm - 8.30pm Reception and trade matchmaking event with members of Small Business Can. 

An evening designed to introduce you to the most relevant contacts in Dublin in order to export your products and/or services to Ireland. Your business will be profiled by Enterprise Nation with the help of Small Business Can to get the right audience and most importantly the decision makers to the reception including exporting experts, marketeers, financial advisers, lawyers and more. 

All missionaries will be invited to join an exclusive webinar, 'Networking 101', before departing on the mission, to make the most of this opportunity.

Friday 11 March

9.00am Welcome 

Shirley McCay, director of trade and investment, British Embassy, Ireland

9.30am What it's like doing business in Ireland

With leading Irish entrepreneur Lulu O'Sullivan of Giftsdirect.com  

10.00am Doing business in Ireland: KPMG 

You will meet the KPMG team in Dublin who will share their research on the best models to enter the Irish market and ensure a profitable and sustainable business.

11.00am Meet the buyer: Sodexo

Sodexo feeds millions of people every day through providing catering services to a wide range of companies and organisations across the globe including schools, offices, government hospitals and more. The company also caters for events such as Royal Ascot and the Rugby World Cup. 

Aoife Wycherley, food procurement at Sodexo, will be talking about the systems and processes for selling through a distributor to the Irish market.

There will then be an opportunity for food and beverage businesses travelling on the mission to pitch their products to Sodexo.

12.00pm An Irish success story: John Stapleton

John Stapleton, founder of The New Covent Garden Soup Company, will present on his entrepreneurial journey of starting, growing and selling The New Covent Garden Soup Company and his current investment in Little Dish. 

1.00pm Meet the buyer: Dunnes 

The company has been part of the fabric of Irish life for over 70 years. The business' long-established 'Better Value' promise made them Ireland's largest and leading retailer. A family run, privately owned Irish company, Dunnes stores offer a mix of contemporary fashion, stylish homewares and quality-assured food. You will meet with buyers from the Dunnes stores. 

There will then be an opportunity for food and beverage, fashion & homewares businesses travelling on the mission to pitch their products to the Dunnes store buyers. 

2.00pm - 4.00pm Diageo: A history of Guinness 

A visit to Diageo where you will learn about the history of the Guinness brand and how the company continues to innovate, followed by a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. 

4.30pm: Depart for Dublin airport   

6.50pm: Return to London Gatwick airport

8.10pm: Arrive at London Gatwick airport

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