Tax, talent, and regulatory standards set to top agenda as Guaranteed Irish hosts professional services roundtable

Event will feature contributions from Frances Fitzgerald TD, Carin Bryans of JP Morgan and Paul Brandon from the Irish Aviation Authority

Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing 600+ homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, is set to host a roundtable event at the InterContinental Hotel on Friday 10th May, focused on developing the knowledge economy and positioning Ireland as a world leader in the provision of professional services – spanning the legal, tax, financial and regulatory sectors.

The invitation-only event brings together Guaranteed Irish members and business leaders from across the professional services and fintech space, as well as government representatives, to identify the opportunities for Irish business to lead in innovation and technology.

Speakers will provide key insights into how Ireland can continue to provide ‘best in class’ professional services and the importance of promoting the sector as a key driver of the economy at a local and international level.

The event will feature contributions on a range of topics from political and industry leaders, including:

  • Finding opportunities for Ireland in a new Europe – Frances Fitzgerald TD

Former Tánaiste and MEP candidate Frances Fitzgerald will discuss how Ireland can best equip itself to thrive in a changed European landscape following the departure of the UK from the EU

  • Innovation and infrastructure in the financial services sector – Carin Bryans, JP Morgan Ireland

Carin Bryans is Senior Country Officer with JP Morgan, and will provide insight into Ireland’s financial infrastructure from the perspective of leading multinationals in the country

  • Working with Irish businesses to create flexible talent solutions – Anne Heraty, Cpl Resources Plc

CEO at Cpl Resources Anne Heraty will assess how businesses in Ireland can attract and retain high-quality staff

  • Building on Ireland’s payment success stories – Gary Conroy, Transfermate Global Payments

Gary Conroy is CPO at Transfermate, and will discuss the future prospects of Ireland’s booming financial transactions sector

  • Professional services expertise and Ireland’s aviation sector – Paul Brandon, Irish Aviation Authority

Head of Corporate Affairs Paul Brandon will discuss the role of world-class legal, tax, financial and regulatory expertise in driving Ireland’s aviation sector

  • Attracting Irish Executives Abroad – Ruth Curran, Merc Partners

Ruth Curran is Managing Partner at executive search specialists Merc Partners, and will describe how addressing Ireland’s income tax structure will be central to attracting Irish executives abroad to return to the country

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, said: “Ireland’s professional services sector continues to be a core driver of economic growth in the country, and we’re committed to supporting businesses in Ireland as they look to promote that expertise around the world and develop a true knowledge economy. The UK’s departure from the EU will offer further opportunities for Ireland to establish itself as a global leader in the provision of financial, legal and regulatory services, and our roundtable event will give attendees in-depth insights into the innovations set to drive the sector into the future.”

Guaranteed Irish will develop the outcomes of the roundtable event into a submission paper for Government, outlining the supports required to ensure the continued success of the sector and outlining how it can capitalise on the changing business landscape.

Guaranteed Irish has over 600 members that make a significant contribution to the Irish economy every year, both in terms of turnover and employment, as well as to their local communities.

Members of Guaranteed Irish in the professional services sector include KPMG, Matheson, FBD Insurance, RDS, Peninsula Ireland and CG Business Consulting.

The organisation considers three core criteria when assessing an applicant for membership – evidence of delivering quality Irish jobs, supporting local communities and a commitment to Irish provenance.

Total revenues among its members grew to €26.2bn in 2018, up €350m in just 12 months. Turnover figures for sales in Ireland by member companies also increased last year – rising by 2.3% to reach €11.2bn. Total employment at all Guaranteed Irish member businesses reached 71,390 in 2018, an increase of 43.3% (21,573) on the same figure for 2017. As well as existing members increasing their employee numbers, this figure also reflects the fact that 200+ new members joined the organisation last year. Members are also forecasting a further 5.8% increase in employment in 2019.

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