“Guaranteed Irish Month” launched, showcasing Irish business worldwide
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ciaran Cannon and Guaranteed Irish CEO Bríd O'Connell were at the Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin today to launch Guaranteed Irish Month, celebrating the global reach of Irish business, and the strength of home-grown business on these shores.
7 February 2018 | 0
An event at the Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin this week saw the relaunch of the Guaranteed Irish brand. For decades, the not-for-profit organisation with the iconic G-I logo has been a champion for Irish business at home and around the world. The group has more than 300 members, which generated revenue of €11bn annually in Ireland and almost €26bn around the world. These figures were published today as part of the event.
Meanwhile, these companies employ almost 50,000 people in Ireland alone, with almost half of them exporting to the UK, the USA, Europe and beyond. Companies are required to meet a range of criteria before attaining membership (and permission to display the instantly recognisable logo).
These figures were published at a special event in the historic surroundings of the Irish Stock Exchange in Temple Bar, where Ciaran Cannon, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade acknowledged the work of Guaranteed Irish in creating an “internationally recognisable symbol of Irish provenance and trust”.
March 2018 has been designated the inaugural Guaranteed Irish Month to celebrate all members of Guaranteed Irish and showcase Ireland’s exceptional international reputation as a great place to work and do business.
A range of activities are planned for the month-long initiative including a Meet Guaranteed Irish event in Dublin, which will offer members the opportunity to exhibit their businesses and network with other members. Guests, including political representatives, will be invited to learn first-hand the contribution Guaranteed Irish members make to the economy.
“The Government and I acknowledge and appreciate the work of Guaranteed Irish in creating an internationally recognisable symbol of Irish provenance and trust,” said the Minister. “I am pleased to see Guaranteed Irish’s success in attracting new members. With this in mind, and with Ireland’s economic recovery now firmly established, we must work together and focus our efforts on building the resilience of the economy and ensuring the fruits are broadly shared across the population.”
Brid O Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, says the organisation helps to showcase Ireland as best-in-class for business around the world. “As our confidence as an economy grows and our outlook becomes more global, international expansion will be a key focus for our members in 2018,” O’Connell says. “We plan on Guaranteed Irish Month becoming an annual event which will put the spotlight on businesses in Ireland which create sustainable jobs and add significant value to their local communities.
“Our 300 members display their Guaranteed Irish symbol as a badge of pride and we are delighted to work with them. We are also looking forward to working with the Government in the coming months to ensure Ireland is recognised as best-in-class at home and abroad when it comes to delivering products, services, talent and innovation.”