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Gulf Trade Mission Creates 95 Jobs and €65m in Business Deals
At the end of an extremely successful Gulf Trade Mission, which included hundreds of meetings, Irish companies have announced the initial outcomes and business developments worth more than €65million as well as further investment, trade and jobs expected.

The Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates was led by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD and included over 100 executives from 87 Irish companies.

Throughout the week Irish companies from a wide range of sectors concluded deals, prospected with hundreds of potential buyers, developed relationships with key influencers and networked with local experts and buyers in what was the largest ever Irish trade mission to the Gulf.

The deals announced reinforce the huge potential for innovative Irish companies in the fast growing Gulf market which will ultimately mean jobs in Ireland.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, who accompanied the Taoiseach and Minister Bruton, commented: “The trade mission has been a major success for the participating companies. This success is a clear statement of the strong reputation for Irish products and services in these markets. The opportunities are there for innovative, top class, focussed companies, with the commitment to developing long term partnerships and business relationships. Enterprise Ireland will continue to work closely with our client companies so that they can win more business in this region, boosting the economy at home and creating jobs”.

Three Irish companies announced the creation of a total of 95 jobs in Ireland arising from deals concluded on the Trade Mission:

Portwest, an Irish company specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality work wear, has recently established a distribution centre and sales office in the UAE, servicing the Middle East and Africa. The company expect to create 50 new jobs at Portwest’s Irish headquarters in Westport.

Crowley Carbon, an international energy efficiency firm, signed a deal worth AED 100 million with facilities management company Emrill to deploy its Carbon Control Centre technology in 800 buildings under Emrill management. The company expects to open an office in Dubai in 2014, as well as employ a further 20 staff in Ireland as a result of the Emrill partnership.

Glenbeigh Records Management, based in Finglas, Dublin opened its new 70,000 sq ft purpose-built facility in Dubai and announced 25 new jobs in Dublin. The site, designed and built by its sister company Glenbeigh Construction, offers state-of-the-art storage solutions and advanced security systems guaranteed to protect corporate information assets.

There were a significant number of other deals also achieved on the Trade Mission, Enterprise Ireland would like to congratulate all of their clients who took part in this very successful Trade Mission.

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