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Newsletter Summer 2020

Dear Members,

The last few months have been nothing less than extraordinary. Little did we imagine as we enjoyed our 'Lunch & Learn' event back at the end of February that it would be our last physical event for so long. Although our in-person activities were curtailed during the lock-down we continued to support the Franco-Irish business community by providing information on covid-related ressources to assist companies and professionals and by championing our many business and pioneer members that offered advice, ressources and services, completely gratuitously in the spirit of entraide that reigned during this difficult time. We also put in place a mentorship program generously supported by our more established members to give guidance and advice to smaller, younger or more vulnerable companies in need. More details on this below.

We are currently working on a full and exciting agenda of events for the last quarter of the year and sincerely hope that we will all be able to meet again physically as soon as September. In the meantime, please join and enjoy our #backtobusiness webinar series for which we have lined up some exceptional speakers and experts in their respective fields - the feedback from our first webinar with Kingsley Aikins has been absolutely excellent and we cannot wait to listen to Michael O'Sullivan's views on globalisation and the France/Ireland relationship this coming Friday. Don't forget to register below.

A special mention for the France Ireland Business Awards 2020 for which applications are now open. Please see the article below for full details and note a new category for SME's and Entrepreneurs!

Finally, do keep an eye on our website over the summer period as we are working on many improvements and added functionality that we believe all our members will appreciate.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer! 

Your NetworkIrlande Team

Recent Events

The Power of Networking in a Post-Corona World


During this webinar Kingsley Aikins highlights just why networking is so important in the current environment and shares some great advice on how to network effectively. You can listen back to the webinar here. Kingsley has also kindly provided us with a copy of his 50 top networking tips which you can access here.


Terrific insights from NetworkIrlande member Conor Murphy during our inaugural Lunch & Learn. All attendees came away with some great tips to put into action in our social media campaigns. We hope to get back to further Lunch & Learn events in the fourth quarter.


Upcoming Events

France & Ireland:

Together in a world turned upside-down

Friday, July 10th 2020 @ 12.30pm CET

Register HERE!

France and Ireland have arguably more in common now than at any time since the era of Napoleon. How might our two countries fair in a new world where globalisation is coming to an end? How will Europe come to terms with the onset of a multipolar world where the US and China are competitors? How will Brexit end? What is the best way to stimulate our economies now? How will the euro evolve and are there lessons each country can learn from each other? ....all fascinating questions that will be addressed by Michael O'Sullivan during his exclusive presentation to our members next Friday, July 10th at 12.30pm CET. There will be a short time for Q&A at the end however if you have any particular questions in advance of the webinar please address them to

Michael O'Sullivan is the author of 'The Levelling', which outlines what's next in politics, economics, finance and geopolitics in the post globalization era.  He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on the New Economy, a Forbes contributor, a speaker at the 2020 TED Talk conference and a regular guest on CNN, BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg. He has twenty years experience in global financial markets, most recently as Chief Investment Officer in the International Wealth Management Division of Credit Suisse, where he worked for twelve years. In addition to working in investment management, he was the lead contributor to Credit Suisse's think tank, the CS Research Institute. 

Michael studied in Cork and received MPhil and DPhil degrees at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught finance and economics at Oxford and Princeton and currently lives in Paris. 

Advance registration is essential and open now!


France Ireland Business Awards 2020 : Call for Applications



The France Ireland Chamber of Commerce and NetworkIrlande are pleased to inform you of their collaboration once again this year on the Annual Business Awards, the Franco-Irish business Award recognising excellence in the economic relationship between France and Ireland. The Award winners will receive their awards during a Gala Dinner ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 19th November.

This is a great opportunity for you to nominate an organisation which you believe has been successful in promoting the expansion of trade and investment, together with the development of business links, between France and Ireland.

In recognition of the importance of the contribution of entrepreneurship to the development of trade between Ireland and France, the Jury have decided to dedicate an award this year to SMEs and Entrepreneurs.  This award is called "Franco-Irish Business - Rising Star" .

Companies may also apply directly.

For your information, last year the winners of the Annual Business Awards 2019 were

  • Sodexo for Best French Company in Ireland 
  • Smurfit Kappa for Best Irish Company in France 
  • Kingspan for Impact on Climate Award

Please find below links to further details and application forms...


1.     Call for Applications Ireland France Business Awards 2020

2.     Entry Form Business Awards 2020 – Best French Company in Ireland

3.     Entry Form Business Awards 2020 – Best Irish Company in France

3.     Entry Form Business Awards 2020 – Special Jury's Award – Franco-Irish Business – Rising Star


Please return the entry form, duly completed, by Friday 11th September at 12.00 noon to Nicolas Destrez at

Welcome To Our New Members


Axway is an enterprise integration company that's been around for over 20 years, quietly working behind the scenes to digitally transform enterprises of all sizes –– more than 11,000 in 100 countries at last count. Their years of experience as pioneers in Managed File Transfer, B2B Integration, API Management, Content Services, and other mission-critical solutions continue to be a big difference-maker to their customers.

The team at Axway help deliver brilliant digital experiences that extend the value of their client's heritage infrastructure and empower companies to interact with customers wherever and however they want to engage. 

Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn


LogMeIn is one of the world's top 10 SaaS (Software as a Service) companies with a with a platform that supports tens of millions of daily users, over a billion customer interactions and twenty billion voice minutes per year. They have not only capitalized on but helped invent the modern way of working – flexible, dispersed, mobile, efficient and productive.

Their easy-to-use products are adopted by professionals and leveraged by small to medium-sized businesses the world over who are looking for increased insight into their customers' journeys, simpler internal and external collaboration, and a more empowered workforce. 

Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn


Shannon Airport is Ireland's second-largest long-haul airport and the premier gateway for all passengers to and from the West of Ireland. It is centrally located and in close proximity to the second, third and fourth largest cities of Cork (1hr 40mins), Limerick (20mins), and Galway (45mins). 
Outside of the capital, Shannon is now Ireland's fastest growing airport with 34% growth over the last six years and boasts the largest population base outside of Dublin. It is the fastest growing region in Ireland with the highest disposable income levels outside of the capital.
Almost 50% of Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland is located in the greater Shannon catchment area and key sectors include Aerospace, Software, Engineering, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Electronics. 

Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn


A new Franco-Irish artisanal brewing project that draws on the history of the very centre of Paris (their name derives from a local street on Ile St Louis, itself named after a statue cut in half by the Revolutionaries). They have launched two original and distinctive beer brands. 

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Hannah Garvey (Toulouse)

Peter Farrell


NetworkIrlande Mentorship Program

NetworkIrlande are privileged to have members from all different fields and in the most critical roles of some of the major players in the Franco-Irish business community. As details of the easing of the lock-down were announced, we decided to put together a team of such members to give individual guidance and advice to smaller, younger or more vulnerable companies to help get their activity back on track. Thanks to the benevolence and goodwill of our members this mentorship program is now up and running. If you have or know of a company involved in the Franco-Irish business space that you believe would  benefit from a one-on-one exchange with one of our members please reach out to us at Likewise, if you are a member who is willing to offer your advice and support to a fellow business in need please let us know. We believe this assistance on a micro-level can provide very concrete value to companies struggling in the current environment. 



France Economic News Roundup

Week of 29 June – 3 July 2020

The latest French economic news round-up compiled by the Embassy of Ireland in France can be found here

Latest Member News


The IDA have put together this dedicated page with the most up-to-date information and advice on Covid-19, and the government response. You can also download their Covid reponse plan here.

The Bank of Ireland Brexit Series is a series of interactive sessions with leading experts in the areas of currency management, tariffs and customs regulations. Although the UK & EU negotiating teams continue to work towards a Free Trade Deal, Irish Businesses need to be ready for all outcomes. To this end Bank of Ireland propose a series of informative, sector-focused webinars with a panel of their experts. More information and registration here



Download here the full findings of Smurfit Kappa's new piece of research carried out with The Financial times which answers some of the most pressing sustainability questions today.

Julie Ennis, CEO of Corporate Services at Sodexo UK and Ireland, explores five trends that will shape workplaces in a post-pandemic world, get her insights here.

Relance économique : quelle place pour la finance durable ?

A l'heure où l'activité économique se remet en marche, la fragilité de notre modèle, révélée par la crise du COVID-19, interroge sur les conditions de la relance. De nombreux acteurs publics et privés proposent d'orienter les investissements vers les activités durables et la transition énergétique.

Read more

The European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland and European Movement Ireland offered an online webinar on the Celtic Interconnector Project.

Led by Eirgrid and its French counterpart RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Électricité), this project will be the first direct energy link between Ireland and France, which will see a 575km undersea cable connecting the energy networks of both countries. The online event will discuss the role of European investment and the cross-border benefits for Ireland and France in terms of energy security, employment and the environment.

Watch the webinar here

Enterprise Ireland announces new start-up initiative with Amazon Web Services which will provide entrepreneurs and early stage companies access to a range of resources, benefits and technologies.

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Readiness Radar

A new decade has presented a new world to the food and drink industry, as Covid-19 causes old certainties around consumer behaviour, customer needs and routes to market to vanish overnight. To further complicate matters, this is a global, rather than an Irish or market- specific issue.

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