Networking Event at the German-Irish Chamber in Dublin

Begin:
14.09.2017 | 02:00 PM
End:
- 06:00 PM
Location:
Dublin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Market entry trip to Ireland from 11 to 15 September 2017

From 11 to 15 September 2017 the German-Irish Chamber hosted four companies from the German federal state of Thuringia in cooperation with the State Development Corporation of Thuringia. This trip was organised to introduce the German participants to the possibilities of export and expansion abroad and to give the participants a first introduction into the Irish market.

The trip began on Monday, 11 September 2017 with a welcome briefing by Mr Sven Woller, Head of Marketing at the German-Irish Chamber, who gave an overview over the trip and tapped into his years of experience living and working in Ireland to tell the participants about business culture in Ireland. Afterward Mr Ralf Lissek, CEO of the German-Irish Chamber gave an introduction into the topic of Brexit and what it means for Ireland and Germany, followed by a presentation on Irish history and culture by John Brick, a tour guide from Dublin.

On Monday afternoon the participants began an English-language training, executed by CES – Centre of English Studies, which took place for two and a half days in total. The training consisted of practical and theoretical lessons on various relevant topics in relation to Irish business culture, as well as the current economic situation and holding business meetings in English. The focus here was on preparing the German participants for business meetings with Irish companies.

Apart from the training sessions, the German-Irish Chamber had organised a number of additional activities for the German participants that would introduce them to Irish history and culture. Thus, the Germans went to see Dublin Castle and participated in a guided tour through Dublin’s history on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday afternoon the participants received a very entertaining tour through the Irish Whiskey Museum, including a whiskey tasting. For the Thursday morning the German-Irish Chamber had planned a slightly different sightseeing tour with Viking Splash Tours that was well received by all participants.

The highlight of the trip was to be the networking event on Thursday afternoon, in the course of which the participants had the opportunity to meet Irish businesses and to make a first contact. The Irish participants were invited in accordance with what the German companies were looking for in the Irish market and a number of very fruitful meetings took place. Following the meetings, the German and Irish participants were invited to the restaurant Luigi Malones where they had the opportunity to get to know their meeting partners better as part of an informal networking dinner.

To wrap up the trip, the German-Irish Chamber had organised two site visits for the Friday morning that were to give an insight into a typically Irish company, as well as an internationally operating business. Therefore, the German participants first visited the Dublin Port Company, which operates the port of Dublin, and afterwards the Botany Weaving Mill, that manufactures carpets and covers for airplanes. After lunch with the German-Irish Chamber, the German participants were already on their way to the airport and back to Germany.

If you are interested in events such as this or other market entry projects, please contact Mr Sven Woller from the German-Irish Chamber (phone: +353 1 6424 300, e-mail: sven.woller@german-irish.de) for more information.