Edinburgh Napier’s Professor Martin Tangney is part of a select team working with the Irish and Scottish Governments to establish a new network organisation.
The Irish Business Network Scotland (IBNS) will foster innovation and business relationships between Ireland and Scotland.
It is being set up at a time when trade between the countries has grown to unprecedented levels and Prof Tangney was one of a number of key influencers who came together to maximize the opportunity for international co-operation.
L-R: Prof Martin Tangney, Colm Moloney (Chairman IBNS), Fiona Hyslop (Cabinet Secretary), Donald Wilson ( Lord Provost of Edinburgh)
The organisation’s members are expected to come from the established Irish business community in Scotland, companies in Ireland looking to expand into Scotland, and Scottish businesses with an interest in Ireland.
IBNS Founding committee member, Prof Tangney, said: “The objective of this network is to encourage businesses and entrepreneurs in both Scotland and Ireland to explore mutual opportunities.
“We are striving to establish a proactive well supported network that shares ideas and information, creates opportunities for partnerships and collaborations, and taps into the experience of those people and companies that have made a success of broadening their horizons across the Irish Sea.
“Edinburgh Napier University is steeped in this collaborative ethos and the IBNS is a very natural fit with the strategic drive of the University.”
The IBNS was formally launched at a high profile event at Edinburgh Castle, which was attended by leading business and political figures. Edinburgh Napier University was represented by the Chairman of the Court, The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes.
Speakers at the launch included the Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.
Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scottish exports to Ireland are worth around £1.125 billion, while the turnover of Irish businesses here in Scotland is over £2.5 billion, supporting nearly 6,000 jobs.
“The Scottish Government is pleased to welcome the development of the Irish Business Network Scotland to provide a way for businesses wanting to expand to tap into companies with experience already located in Scotland.”
Paschal Donohoe added: “The establishment of the Irish Business Network is further evidence of the already close cooperation that exists between Ireland and Scotland at so many levels.”