Challenges currently facing regional industries in export markets a key topic at Shannon Chamber seminar





Indigenous industries in the Shannon Region worried about their export prospects following the recent Brexit vote will have an opportunity to get expert advice on how to react next Thursday, Sept. 22 at a Shannon Chamber seminar.

The fall-out from the Brexit vote will be addressed by Trevor Charsley of FX Risk Management Solutions, AFEX, a senior market adviser with over 25 years’ trading and sales experience, when he speaks at the seminar on the theme of ‘Funding Growth and Expansion, and Internationalising your Business’.

“A recent Irish Exporters Association survey of members found that ninety per cent of companies export to, or do business with, the UK. For many Irish-owned firms in the region already exporting to the UK or planning to do so, the Brexit issue is of major concern,” explained Helen Downes, Shannon Chamber CEO.

“Thursday’s seminar, which is free of charge, provides an ideal opportunity for local firms to get a very valuable insight into this complex issue and explore what they can do to help their businesses prosper,” she added.

Mr Charsley is a widely acknowledged expert commentator on Brexit and business matters who is often quoted in the leading British and North American media.

Mazars Ireland, the leading professional services firm is the anchor sponsor of the seminar, which is being organised in association with the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce.  Ronan Harbison, Commercial Director, German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce will speak about opportunities in the German market for Shannon Region firms.  Case studies of two Irish companies currently exporting to that country will also be presented.

A number of other topics critical to indigenous firms developing export markets will be covered by speakers from Mazars – Mairéad Divilly, International Outsourcing and Compliance Partner, Gerry Vahey, Tax Partner, and John Bowe, Managing Director at Mazars Corporate Finance. These include identifying new market opportunities, funding expansion, tax and compliance obligations in foreign jurisdictions. The proceedings will be chaired by Kevin Thompstone, the Thompstone Group.

The Shannon Chamber seminar should be of particular interest to business owners, managing directors and chief financial officers. It takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick on Thursday, Sept 22 from 8:30am – 11:50am. Places can be booked by logging onto the following link: