Boost for Irish-Scottish trade as Causeway launches in Ireland

By Sean Pollock

Trade between Ireland and Scotland is set to grow following the Dublin launch of Causeway, formerly known as The Irish Business Network Scotland.

Entrepreneurs and civil servants from both countries met at the British Embassy in the Irish capital for the launch.

Causeway will help Scottish and Irish firms access networking opportunities and information in both markets. It has received funding from the Scottish and Irish governments to encourage trade.

Colm Moloney, Causeway’s chairman, said: “Irrespective of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, we are rapidly creating for our members the infrastructure to do business between Ireland and Scotland.”

John Webster, the Scottish Government Representative to Ireland, said: “This is an important development in Scottish and Irish business relations. There is a lot of work still to do.

“Scotland needs more companies to export and internationalise. Causeway can play a vital role in realising that potential,” he added.

Paul Doherty, from Gavin & Doherty Geo-solutions, said: “When I look at my order book for the next year, I can trace each order back to a conversation held at a networking event. Causeway will be a catalyst for growth.”

Ireland is an important trade partner for Scotland. Globally, it is the seventh largest importer of Scottish products and services.

Over 100 Irish businesses operate in Scotland, employing 6,000 people with a turnover of £2billion.

Causeway will hold an event on the renewables sector next month and a second on marketing skills in December. For more information, see: http://www.irishbusinessnetwork.scot/