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Trade Minister Visits Dublin To Promote UK-Ireland Business Relationship

Lord Livingston travels to Dublin today (12 February 2014) on one of his first overseas visits as Trade and Investment Minister

Published on 12 February 2014

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Lord Livingston travels to Dublin today (12 February 2014) on one of his first overseas visits as Trade and Investment Minister to promote what UK has to offer to one of our largest trading partners.

During his visit Lord Livingston will meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and speak at the annual IBEC CEO Conference at The Convention Centre, Dublin. The conference will be used as a platform for original thinking and debate on how best to drive Ireland’s future prosperity and success.

Ireland is one of the UK’s largest trading partners and the UK is Ireland’s largest export destination.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston said:

"Ireland is a very special friend. We already have an impressive record of collaboration, built on shared experience and values, supported by personal, political and economic ties and a future full of opportunity, for ever closer partnership and cooperation.

"Many UK companies operate very successfully in Ireland and we warmly welcome Irish companies to invest and expand in the UK as well."

Amongst the investors that Lord Livingston will meet while in Dublin is SouthWestern, a leading Irish company offering innovative and high skilled business process outsourcing services. From its new UK base in Milton Keynes, and with exciting early contract wins already under its belt, SouthWestern will build upon its market successes to date, and will employ up to 200 people within the next 3 years in this new operations centre. UKTIfirst worked with SouthWestern when the company established a sales office in early 2012 as part of its entry into the British market.

Jim Costello, CEO of SouthWestern said:

"Both the UK and Ireland are amongst the most open and globalised economies in the world and I’m delighted to announce SouthWestern’s further expansion in the UK. UKTI helped us take our first steps into the market and, as we further develop SouthWestern as an international company with its heartbeat in Cork, our goal is to pursue the opportunities that come with trading with the UK and accelerate our company’s growth both in Ireland and the UK. Everybody wins!"

Earlier this week, Ireland and the UK began their first ever joint trade mission, at the Singapore Airshow, as part of a programme of cooperation to strengthen relations over the next decade led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The joint mission is being led by Ireland’s Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, UK Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster with support from UK Trade and Investment,Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

The Singapore Airshow is Asia’s largest airshow, and one of the most important in the world, given that the Asia Pacific region is the world’s biggest air travel market. For both Ireland and the UK the aerospace sector is a key part of their long term economic plan.


For more information about this press release including Editor's Notes and contact details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/trade-minister-visits-dublin-to-promote-uk-ireland-business-relationship



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Posted 2014-02-12 11:28:00