Guaranteed Irish calls on government to ‘get behind the symbol’

27/3/18 ***NO REPRO FEE*** Pictured are Brid O’Connell CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Paddy Kelly, Managing Director, Tegral Building Products, Yasmin Hyde, Managing Director, Ballymaloe Foods, Siobhan Kehoe, Business Development Manager, Rathbornes 1488, Michael Byrne, Matheson and Kevin Sheridan, Managing Director, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers as Guaranteed Irish calls on Government to get behind the Guaranteed Irish symbol and recognise significant contribution made by 300+ members to the Irish economy. Call made at ‘Meet Guaranteed Irish’ event which showcased ‘best in class’ Irish based businesses who say being Irish has added a competitive advantage to their operations – at home and abroad. Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing homegrown and international businesses operating in Ireland, is today calling on the Government to get behind the Guaranteed Irish symbol and recognise the significant contribution the 300+ member businesses make to the Irish economy, as well as Ireland’s international reputation both at home and abroad.Guaranteed Irish’ event which took place in Dublin today to mark the culmination of the very successful inaugural Guaranteed Irish Month, which ran for the month of March. Representatives from a range of multinational and indigenous member companies including Tegral Building Products, Matheson and Ballymaloe Foods were at the event today to share their unique experiences of export markets and how being Irish has added a competitive advantage to their business – at home and abroad. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Guaranteed Irish calls on government to get behind the Guaranteed Irish symbol and recognise significant contribution made by 300+ members to the Irish economy

– 300+ Guaranteed Irish members now employ 50,000 in Ireland and generate annual turnover of €11bn

– Call made at ‘Meet Guaranteed Irish’ event today which showcased ‘best-in-class’ Irish based businesses which say being Irish has added a competitive advantage to their operations – at home and abroad

Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing homegrown and international businesses operating in Ireland, is today calling on government to get behind the Guaranteed Irish symbol and recognise the significant contribution the 300+ member businesses make to the Irish economy, as well as Ireland’s international reputation both at home and abroad.

Guaranteed Irish is also asking government for a financial contribution to the organisation and to work together to unify businesses in Ireland as global leaders. The Government is also being asked to show support to Guaranteed Irish members by supporting these businesses in public procurement processes with a 10% weighting advantage.

Figures released by Guaranteed Irish show that the 300+ member companies now directly employ 49,873 people in Ireland and generate a turnover of €11bn here. Globally, these companies generate a turnover of €25.84bn. 46% of the members currently export, primarily to the UK, US and mainland Europe.

All member companies, through the use of the Guaranteed Irish symbol, collectively showcase Ireland’s incredible reputation at a local and international level in delivering ‘best-in-class’ products and services. Only member companies, which are required to meet a range of criteria before attaining membership, are given permission to display the Guaranteed Irish symbol as a badge of provenance and trust. Guaranteed Irish has been promoting Irish businesses for 44 years.

The call for the Government to get behind the Guaranteed Irish symbol was made at a ‘Meet Guaranteed Irish’ event which took place in Dublin today to mark the culmination of the very successful inaugural Guaranteed Irish Month, which ran for the month of March.

Representatives from a range of multinational and indigenous member companies including Tegral Building Products, Matheson and Ballymaloe Foods were at the event today to share their unique experiences of export markets and how being Irish has added a competitive advantage to their business – at home and abroad.

A host of activities were held over the past four weeks to celebrate Guaranteed Irish Month, including the unveiling of a new Guaranteed Irish Global Register which is calling on business leaders at home and the Irish diaspora abroad, to register with Guaranteed Irish to assist member companies who are considering exporting to new markets.

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, says: 

“The Guaranteed Irish symbol is recognised all over the world as a sign of quality, provenance and trust. It signals to a buyer that this product or service is absolutely best in class. Every day, the Guaranteed Irish symbol showcases Ireland as a great location to work and do business.

As our confidence as an economy grows and our outlook becomes more global, further international expansion will be a key focus for our members in 2018. To tie in with this, we are today calling on government to put their full support behind the Guaranteed Irish symbol and to recognise the collective value of the Guaranteed Irish organisation. Our members make a significant contribution to both the local and national economies every day of the week and they display their Guaranteed Irish symbol as a badge of pride.

We look forward to working in a closer capacity with government in the coming months to leverage this activity, at home and abroad, to ensure Ireland is continued to be recognised as best-in-class when it comes to delivering products, services, talent and innovation.”