Glasgow City Chambers recently played host to the Causeway Business Exchange awards ceremony attended by Keith Brown MSP and Joe McHugh, TD.
In its second year, the awards recognise organisations and individuals that successfully trade on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Causeway, a membership organisation, was set up to create business growth opportunities for businesses in Scotland and Ireland, while championing trade relations between the two countries.
The not-for-profit organisation has committees operating in both Southern Ireland and Scotland with plans to launch in Northern Ireland at the end of the year.
Sponsored by Jacobs, the event was hosted by RT Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow and also attended by John Webster, Head of the Scottish Government Office in Ireland and Mark Hanniffy, Consul General of Ireland in Scotland.
The winners were:
1. Inspirational Business Leader,sponsored by RSM–Winner:Martin Tangney OBE, Celtic Renewables
2. Export Irish Business of the Year, sponsored by Fexco–Winner: Techrete
3. Export Scottish Business of the Year,sponsored by Enterprise Ireland–Winner:Neo Environmental
4. Sustainability & Social Impact,sponsored by CMS–Winner:Business Fives
5. Innovative Business of the Year,sponsored by Represent– Winner:Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG)
Commenting on the awards, Colm Moloney, Causeway Chairman said: “Causeway has seen first-hand the opportunities available for forward-thinking businesses to operate on both sides of the Irish Sea. We thank all supporters of Causeway, both the Scottish and Irish Governments, Glasgow City Council, and our sponsors who have made tonight such a success.”
Economy Secretary Keith Brown added: “I would like to congratulate Causeway on its work to develop closer Scottish-Irish business to business links. Since its launch at Edinburgh Castle in 2016 as the Irish Business Network in Scotland, Causeway has played an active role in encouraging businesses to explore the opportunities that exist in both our markets and I’m encouraged to see increased focus on engagement in Glasgow.
“In addition to the support of government agencies, and the closer links that are developing between Scottish and Irish Chambers of Commerce, I believe there is a vital role for business to business networks in ensuring that companies looking to export have a diverse breadth of support to choose from as they take steps towards internationalising.
“That is why I am delighted to announce that the Scottish Government will provide £25,000 core funding to Causeway in the coming year to help it expand its work to support Scottish companies looking to develop their business in the Irish market.”
Minister McHugh TD, added: “On behalf of the Irish Government I would like to congratulate Causeway on a very successful second year championing Irish-Scottish business links and developing trade and investment between Ireland and Scotland. Since its foundation in 2016, Causeway has been a key player in supporting the Irish business community here in Scotland. There are incredibly strong historic and modern links between Scotland and Ireland and Causeway is helping to build on those ties to deliver real economic benefits for both countries. The Government of Ireland is pleased and proud to support Causeway, and we wish the organisation many more years of success.”
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Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome Causeway to Glasgow for their anniversary awards and am certain it will be a milestone in relations between the city and the island of Ireland.
“Glasgow and Ireland have long-standing links. The city’s history, its culture, its people are deeply entwined with that of our Celtic cousins, our near neighbours.
“As our nations continue to strengthen their links and identify areas of shared interest, Glasgow will play its part in enhancing that relationship.
“In the face of the oncoming economic challenges which Brexit will put in our way, Causeway provides our businesses with the opportunity upon which we can build on a strong friendship and for our city and its Irish counterparts to work more closely in the years ahead.”