26/01/2016

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."

(MH/CD)

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