Assisting Our Immigrant Firms Can Open Up the World

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The rapid transformation of Ireland’s demographic profile over the past decade through unprecedented levels of immigration has stimulated debate on the economic and social policy implications of the new multi-racial Ireland. One facet to this policy debate is the potential for non-Irish nationals to bolster business activity.

As foreign nationals currently constitute approximately 11pc of the Irish population, it is to be expected that their presence will increasingly come to be felt in terms of enterprise ownership. A 2008 nationwide survey ...

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We can’t win on price, so we need to use innovation for success

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On a recent trip to New Zealand, I was asked to participate in a business speed-dating event that was being organised by a local agency called Grow Wellington.

The purpose of the event was to invite local entrepreneurs with growth ambitions to meet a variety of international experts who could offer them advice regarding their business development.

People had five minutes to talk, then a bell sounded, and the entrepreneurs moved onwards to the next international expert.

The most noticeable feature of meeting ...

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