Eight Cork companies have been recognised as InterTradeIreland Business Ambassadors for the region at a special event in Dublin last week.
Over 80 TDs and Senators were in attendance at the event, including Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton,
Exigent Networks from Little Island, Plate Tek from Charleville, Ballinadee Engineering from Bandon, Glenilen Farm from Drimoleague and Radisens Diagnostics from Bishopstown were recognised as business ambassadors from the county. Also nominated as ambassadors for Cork were Glantreo and the SCFI Group.
IT Company Exigent Networks is one of Ireland’s leading providers of information and communications technology. It has built a successful business focussing on innovative network solutions for the corporate, multi-national and government sectors.
Paul Casey, Director of Exigent Networks said: “In our first year after participating in InterTradeIreland’s Acumen Programme we can see an estimated ten per cent increase in turnover that can be directly attributed to our participation as well as invaluable contacts that will allow us to grow in the future. Our nomination as an InterTradeIreland Business Ambassador for Cork is recognition for the hard work small businesses across the country are doing every day in helping to contribute to Ireland’s economic recovery.”
Charleville based company Plate Tek provides heat exchanger, vessel maintenance, repair and certification services to customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, beverage and microelectronics industries. The company was recognised as a Business Ambassador for their commitment to innovation. Through InterTradeIreland’s Innova programme, Plate Tek was partnered with Fermanagh based McElwaine Technical Services to identify pre-failure defects in heat exchanger units used in largescale industrial settings.
Minister Bruton said: “Government does not create jobs, people and businesses do; and the role of government is to create an environment in which those businesses can prosper. I am determined to do everything I can to reduce costs, improve access to finance and encourage innovation so that good businesses can expand and create the jobs that our economy and society so badly need. If there is one thing Ireland – north and south – does not lack it is enterprising, creative, hardworking people, and I look forward to working with them to discuss what government and small business together can do to get people back to work”.
Over 65 companies from across Ireland attended the event with government representatives, including Ministers of State, TDs and Senators. Local representatives in attendance on the day included Minister of State David Stanton TD, Tom Barry TD, Dan Sherlock TD, Aine Collins TD, Jerry Buttimer TD, John Daly TD and Noel Harrington TD, David Staunton TD and Senator John Gilroy.
The group of InterTradeIreland Business Ambassadors were also invited to meet President Mary McAleese at an exclusive reception at Áras an Uachtaráin to make their achievements, where she described the companies as “champions of the future and leaders of change”.