ConsultingIreland have built up relationship with the major International Funding Institutions since its inception.
ConsultingIreland continues to liaise with a number of Irish Directors within the major IFI in e.g. Washington (World Bank), Luxembourg (EIB) and London (EBRD)
On the practical side ConsultingIreland has been invited by these IFIs to demonstrate the practical approach to winning international projects. An example of this include presentation at the World Bank Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) meetings in Zagreb, Budapest to a number of Governmental Agencies and Public Bodies to help them adopt ‘best practice’ and inform their national and regional private companies on how to win internationally.
ConsultingIreland is a regular presenter at international conferences with ADB, EBRD, EIB, EC, UN and often this includes organisation of B2B events with companies from the various countries and regions.
ConsultingIreland has also signed co-operation agreements with Alsace, Catalonia and South Norway, to promote business between it large and MSME private companies. CI held a major IFI Conference in Dublin City West with associated B2B meetings between Irish French, Spanish and Norwegian attendees. In attendance were speakers from the likes of EC, EBRD, World Bank and Asian Development Bank and also included presentation by Irish Government Ministers and Government Support Agencies
ConsultingIreland also in contact with other regional Government Agencies such as Andalusia, Madeira, Porto and Valencia
CI also engages with a number of Northern Ireland Councils and some of their member MSMEs.
CI has been engaged with both Irish and Foreign Chambers. In Ireland CI has worked together with the Dublin Chamber and USAID (US Government funds) to promote and organise B2B events with a number of Balkan companies in the Irish Capital. ConsultingIreland has also presented to the Dundalk, Cork, Shannon and Galway Chambers.
In relation to the Foreign Chambers, CI has worked closely with both the Paris City and Venice Regional Chambers on the EC-funded PPACT (Public Procurement and Cross Border Trade) project promoting Cross Border opportunities for SME companies related to Smart Cities. Results and finding were presented to EC Brussels for future engagement and support to EC27 SMEs.
CI also presented to members of the various Belgian Chambers in Brussels.
Department Foreign Affairs, Department of Agriculture, AADP programme. ConsultingIreland reviewed their existing programme and made suggestions on greater company engagement and suggestion of new areas of Government Funded support in Tech and Climate Change/Renewables.
CI has targeted much of their efforts on the MSME sector. The co-operation and engagement with the various BSO’s, Government Agencies etc. is to find opportunities for these smaller entities who traditionally find it difficult to win business in international markets.
CI support these smaller entities in various ways including finding partners, consortia and developing the appropriate documentation to facilitate their involvement in these new markets. CI has helped smaller companies across the various sectors to expand into new business areas and expand globally maybe for the first time. An example of companies helped to win some of this work has included, small indigenous Web Development companies, Language Translation companies, small educational entities and national Consumer Organisations. This help is very practical, hand-holding and leading them through the myriad of associated red-tape and procedures.
One of the most recent examples of this was ConsultingIreland’s participation on an EC-Funded COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises). Interfacing with consortium partners in EC 28 countries including principles from UK, France, Ireland, Belgium, Romania and Italy that represented and provided support to their numerous MSME’s.
CI assisted a major multination engaged across various key sectors such as Agri, Transport and ICT to develop and establish a Central Global Business Unit to bid on international projects for the entire group. This included development of strategy, tracking systems, references as well as identification of projects and partners
ConsultingIreland has had significant interaction with Blue Chip ICT multinational in developing appropriate strategies and assisting their national resellers and Governments to access international IFI funds.
ConsultingIreland has been invited to be part of a newly formed group developing Trade programmes on Procurement with a leading UK University. This involves helping the educational body sell their expertise and R&D facilities to commercial businesses and UK private companies. CI will use this engagement to better understand the consequences of BREXIT and the opportunities that might result with the newly focused UK trade programmes, some offered by their Foreign Embassies and Development Agencies ConsultingIreland role in this new entity will be to provide the practical element in the offering to UK companies
CI has separately worked with Regional Colleges throughout the island of Ireland and bid with a number of European Universities on IFI projects.
ConsultingIreland has worked directly with a number of Governments. We have been engaged to organise Investment and Trade events to promote co-operation between countries and their commercial organisations.
For example (CI) has an active and on-going co-operation with the Hungarian Government and its various Government Agencies and Business Support Organisations (BSO). CI has signed a co-operation agreement with EXIM the Hungarian Export and Import Agency that promotes co-operation between MSME from both countries. The signing ceremony was attended by the Hungarian Minister of Trade and the Hungarian Ambassador to Dublin.
The practical result was a B2B event in the offices of Enterprise Ireland, Dublin between Hungarian and Irish companies - including 13 companies from Hungary attendance at a CI event in Dublin. CI has undertaken a number of visits to Budapest, mentoring companies developing international strategies and bidding on international IFI-funded work. That has now been expanded to include private sector opportunities
CI have close relationships with a number of Embassies. More recently this has included 2 major conferences on Investment and Trade programmes and included the attendance of Ugandan SME who travelled to Dublin to attend Business meeting with CI-invited private at organised B2B events. The programme was funded by the Ugandan Embassy and was held in the offices of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. ConsultingIreland was tasked with organising the agenda, speakers and logistics for the event.
ConsultingIreland also worked closely with Embassies from e.g., Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Hungary, Croatia, France, UK, Lesotho, Romania, Poland, India, Taiwan, Canada, promoting opportunities between various companies and across the main key sector.
Prior to the COVID pandemic, ConsultingIreland was asked to travel to Munich, Germany to present to a group of EEN members from across Europe. CI presented practical advice to the European Group on how to help their companies engage and win international projects
ConsultingIreland has subsequently been invited to deliver a similar programme to other EEN groups in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
Cluster programme trained 40 Irish companies to bid internationally, developing strategy, references, submitting tenders and identification of opportunities. This was a 12-day course completed over a nine-month period
ConsultingIreland have also engaged with InvestNI including cross-border co-operation and on sector specific initiative such as the Aviation sector.
ConsultingIreland undertook a project, on behalf of a Safety and Workwear Supplier, to find manufacturing partners in Asia (Dublin / Taipei / Tainan / Shenzhen - Taiwan / China) to supply their major customers in the Public and Private Sectors with Safety Wear / Clothing / PPE etc. We travelled to Taiwan with the support of the Taipei Representative Office in Dublin along with TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and CIECA (Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association) 2 major Trade bodies in Taiwan. As a result, long term connections have been made and considerable business has been and continues to be transacted. We also facilitated partnerships with Logistics / Freight Companies resulting in seamless transport of goods from Manufacturer. This relationship continues to expand, and given the success of the project, manufacturers / partners in Asia have become part of the ConsultingIreland network.
We continue to work very closely with our Partner Manufacturers / Suppliers / Freight / Logistics.
ConsultingIreland has identified international partners for this ICT company with an annual turnover in excess of €1bn, that has resulted in winning additional projects on a global basis.
The ICT company has a long track record in winning international projects in the developed and emerging markets. ConsultingIreland was able to bring additional benefits to this major ICT organisation. Some of this assistance and practical help has included finding partners (junior and prime partners), drafting project specification, consortium building, finding experts, pricing strategy/formulation. CI was also instrumental in finding appropriate local partners and the provision of logistical support to the company.
ConsultingIreland has observed the synergies that could be exploited between private companies and the various NGO’s – particularly in the emerging markets. CI has facilitated dialogue between the parties and invited the NGOs to highlight their international references that can be made available in a consortium approach to international projects. CI is working on identifying opportunities that requires the skillset of each entity
As an example, ConsultingIreland also investigated projects and reviewed co-operation levels with a European-based Health Organisation and similar Health Associations on global bidding opportunities.
ConsultingIreland is continually helping Individual Experts to find paid assignments directly for the IFIs (mainly on overseas assignments), and numerous other international bidding companies. Some of this work has included Review of Funding R&D possibilities including a Pharma Group with a number of production plants in the Central and Southern Ireland.