I-Cham CE launched in Dublin to assist Irish Business in Central and Eastern Europe

A new initiative called I-Cham CE has been launched to provide practical on-the-ground support under an integrated chamber umbrella to Irish SMEs targeting exports in central Europe.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, I-Cham CE will be based at the Irish Exporters Association’s (IEA) offices on Merrion Square in Dublin.

The organisation aims to provide support to Irish SMEs who are entering or exploring the markets of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Minister for Small Business John Perry TD said the platform created by I-Cham would increase in importance, as the point of European manufacturing continues to move to the centre of Europe and as the countries there move rapidly to the EU average in terms of consumption and investment. 

The intended scope of the organisation will complement the work of Enterprise Ireland’s offices in Warsaw and Prague, which cover the EU countries within i-Cham CE’s geographic footprint. 

Kenny Morgan, the ICC's chairman and Mike Hogan, Enterprise Ireland's Director for Poland and the Baltic states, were in Dublin for the launch of I-Cham CE. 

Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association said at the event: “The Irish Exporters Association is delighted to be the Dublin Hub of i-Cham CE, which will provide support to Irish SMEs and indigenous exporting firms looking to compete in the CE Region and assist Irish companies to develop in a competitive global market. This initiative will not only give confidence to Irish exporters at each stage of their exporting journey but will educate and inform companies around best practice in the region. The launch of i-Cham CE will build on the success of €2,185m in exports in 2013 from Ireland to 11 countries in Central Europe”.

You can read the full story on Business & Leadership, and visit the I-Cham CE website.

Flavours of Ireland 2014: Full Photo Set

We were delighted to welcome many of the Chamber's Members to the Sheraton Hotel Warsaw, on Thursday 13th February for our annual celebration of Ireland's food and drink exports. It was an evening of great fun, music and food.

There are a few selected photos from the night viewable over on our Gallery page. However, a full set of the nights photo's is now available via Google Photos.

The board would like to wish a sincere thank you to all those whose sponsorship, and organisation, made the evening such a success.

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CONFIRMED: Carrantuohill to play Flavours of Ireland 2014

The organiser's of 'Flavours of Ireland' 2014, taking place in February, are delighted to announce that Carrantuohill will be playing live Irish music at the event.

The Polish troubadours of Irish music are sure to add to the atmosphere at the annual gala, held in Warsaw, to celebrate Irish food and drink exports. The band have been playing Celtic music for more than 25 years, to wide acclaim; the late Seamus Heaney himself stated that the concert the group gave during a meeting with readers in Krakow, allowed him to “move to the Green Island with no necessity of travelling…”.

To get more information on the 'Flavours of Ireland' and download the invite, go to the event page.

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IGCC Soccer Tournament won by German Team

The Second Annual IGCC (International Group of Chambers of Commerce) soccer tournament was won this year by a 'Germany 2'! A team representing the German Chamber of Commerce in Poland. The team won after a nerve-racking encounter with the Irish Chamber's side - with cheering fans treated to great goals and near-misses. 

We look forward to resolving the matter at the Euro 2014 IGCC tournament. 

The Irish team won the inaugural inter-chamber competition in 2013. 

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Two Week Course in Dublin for Irish Knowledge Competition Winner

The Second Annual Irish Knowledge Competition, organised by International House Toruń has been won by Marta Szlaszyńska. The competition, which is sponsored in part by the Irish Chamber of Commerce Poland, was launched last year to link with Irish fans arriving for Euro 2012.

You can see a video documenting the competition here: http://www.torun.tv/movie/show?id=2191

Marta will recieve a two weeks laguage and culture course in Dublin this summer in recognition of her achievement. 

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