Minister Bruton Meets Trade Buyers At Showcase International Expo

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, has met with trade buyers from international brands at Showcase, Ireland's International Creative Expo at the RDS in Dublin.

Minister Bruton also met with established Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople from across Ireland, alongside emerging Irish entrepreneurs supported by his Department through their Local Enterprise Office (LEO) who are participating in the Enterprise Zone at the show.

"Since their establishment in April 2014, the LEOs have been a great addition to the suite of supports for start-ups and small businesses in Ireland. Helping micro and small craft and design companies take part in major trade events like Showcase, is just one of the supports available to the sector through the Local Enterprise Offices," Minister Bruton said.

"From my meetings with buyers here at Showcase, it is clear that there is a strong appetite internationally for the work of Irish designers and makers, especially following the year-long Irish Design 2015 initiative. Our design and craft sector is innovative and creative and its contribution to jobs, exports, and tourism is very significant. This annual trade show plays a crucial role in helping Irish companies develop their business and expand their client base, particularly in the export market, which is a central tenet of our Action Plan for Jobs. Since the first Action Plan was launched more than 135,000 extra people are at work, hitting our target 21 months ahead of schedule. With strong implementation of our solid plan, we can see a continuation of the progress we have seen and keep the recovery going."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 March 2024
First And Deputy First Minister To Celebrate St Patrick's Day In US
The First and Deputy First Minister will travel to the United States this week for a series of St Patrick's Day engagements in Washington DC. The visit will focus on showcasing the local economy and develop key relationships and networks across the U.S. Ministers will attend the NI Bureau Breakfast, Ireland Funds Gala, a meeting with the U.S.
12 March 2024
Economy Minister To Promote NI In New York And Washington
Economy Minister, Conor Murphy, will highlight the benefits of Northern Ireland's business and economic opportunities during an official visit to New York and Washington DC.
12 March 2024
Communities Minister Must Prioritise Anti-Poverty Measures
The Alliance Party has criticised Communities Minister, Gordon Lyons, for "not prioritising anti-poverty measures". MLA Kellie Armstrong said the Minister's inaction was "disappointing" in light of a new report showing that one in five children in NI are living in relative poverty.
16 May 2008
'Large Irish Presence' At Cannes
The focal point for the Irish film industry at the Cannes Film Festival, the Irish Pavilion, has opened again for business this week, with over 200 of the leading lights of the Irish film industry flying out to the festival to promote and sell new Irish cinema.
13 November 2015
Irish Companies Gain Free Access To Enterprise Europe Network
A new partnership has been agreed between the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and thirty one Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland. The agreement will give Irish companies free access to Europe's largest database with up to 10,000 new business and technology opportunities in the EU and many other major global markets.