Irish Exporters Association team up with Ulster Bank for Regional Business Roadshow

The Importance of the Midlands to the Irish Export Industry

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The Importance of the Midlands to the Irish Export Industry

Simon McKeever, Pat Horgan, Regina Kelly, Simon Barry

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), and Ulster Bank, recently held the third in a series of six regional business seminars in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, titled 'The Importance of the Midlands to the Irish Export Industry'.

Over 60 exporters and service providers attended this event from all over the Midlands to hear from our Export Industry Panel and Industry Speakers. A lively panel discussion led by Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association took place on industry opportunities and challenges relevant to the region.

Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association; Pat Horgan, Head of SME Banking, South, Midlands & West at Ulster Bank; Simon Barry, Chief Economist Republic of Ireland, Ulster Bank

Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association commented, “The Irish Exporters Association is delighted to team up with Ulster Bank on our regional seminar series. This series will focus on a key international market and provide a platform for driving the IEA’s regional growth and development strategy. It is imperative that we support export-oriented businesses in Ireland, a major source of economic development and job creation. The Midlands is an extremely important export location for the country, given its thriving cluster of Life Sciences, Manufacturers and International Business Services. With its location in the heart of the country, it has the distinct advantage of being nationally connected with rail and road networks and internationally connected with proximity to the ports and three International Airports, at Dublin, Shannon & Knock.”

Speaking after the event, which is part of the Ulster Bank Business Roadshow series, Pat Horgan, Ulster Bank’s Head of SME Banking in the South Midlands and West said, “We are delighted to have had the chance to host this event in Athlone, in conjunction with the Irish Exporters Association. We know from talking to our customers that there are exciting and innovative businesses in the Midlands and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to hear more about what matters to them. We’re here to talk to customers about how we can provide meaningful help so they can turn their ideas into a reality. Ulster Bank aims to be number one for customer service, trust and advocacy and the Business Roadshow series is an important part of helping us achieve that goal.”