Remember Remember the 8th November! On the evening of Friday 8th November 2019, our industry will descend on Dublin’s Convention Centre for the 2019 Export Industry Awards. This black-tie gala dinner will reward the very best of our industry and is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the year.

What are the Export Industry Awards?

Held annually, the Export Industry Awards honour the businesses that have delivered the highest standards of service and innovation in one of twelve industry categories. Award standards are high; entrants must make detailed written submissions to an experienced panel of judges, and must win at least one of the twelve categories for the chance to be crowned 2019 Exporter of the Year. With sponsors like Facebook, The Sunday Times and KPMG, these awards are fast becoming one of the most-watched awards in the industry. 

What are the categories this year?

Full details on each category can be found here, but in summary, there are twelve awards, open to businesses of all sizes. Some categories, such as the Food & Drink Exporter of the Year and the Life Sciences Exporter of the Year, are industry-specific, while others, such as the High Potential Exporter and the Expert Innovation of the Year awards, focus on broader advancements that have the potential to improve our whole industry. 

Who organises the Export Industry Awards?

These annual awards are organised by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), an industry body that works hard to represent its members, promote the highest standards of service and support & promote our industry generally. 8th November will certainly be a big night for the IEA, but they do far more than organise award ceremonies. The IEA offer members a year-round series of outstanding webinars, and closely monitor government publications so that we’re kept abreast of bigger issues (such as the USA’s plans to add tariffs to $4bn worth of additional EU Goods). You can find out more about the IEA here.

The IEA’s Certificate in International Trade

The IEA’s Certificate in International Trade is the only course of its kind in Ireland. Focused on both regulations and operations, the certificate covers 6 modules over a 3 month training period, and aims to give those of us new to International Trade the knowledge and skills we need to excel. The certificate has only recently been set up, but it’s met with huge demand. In response, the IEA are organising at least another 2 intakes this year, one in September and one in October. Find out more here.