The strong export ties between the United Kingdom and Ireland have been a major economic driver for both countries. Not  only is the United Kingdom  one of the biggest export partners of Ireland – buying a total of €15 billion worth of goods in 2016  plus 50% of the country’s exported beef and 42% of its food and drink – but UK is Ireland’s only land border in EU, and vice versa. In fact, some 80% of the Irish road freight that reaches mainland Europe passes through the UK.

Those factors alone make UK-Irish trade a unique relationship. However, looming Brexit looming, there are critical border issues and challenges that are expected to disrupt this trading relationship and force Irish exporters to rethink their supply chain operations.

Yet, despite the potential supply chain upheaval Brexit could cause, a large majority of Irish export companies are yet to develop mitigation strategies.  According to reports, two-thirds of Irish exporters are still unprepared for the impending withdrawal of the UK from EU and have not put any countermeasures in place to mitigate Brexit risks. Of these companies, 23% said the lack of information on alternative markets to the UK as the main obstacle to identifying and establishing a foothold in new markets.

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Global Trade in Fresh Produce – Challenges and Trends.
The global fresh produce market has been growing steadily. In 2016, market research provider Euromonitor International reported that the global demand for fresh food increased by nearly 3% over global demand in 2015. This was in line with Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3% achieved over the 2011-2016 review period.

The growth of this market is also supported by a separate report from Wiseguyreports.com, which forecasts that the global fresh produce market will grow at a CAGR of 3.01% from 2017 to 2021.

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Las aplicaciones de la tecnología de la cadena de bloques o “blockchain” en la cadena de suministro y en el comercio internacional tienen el potencial de mejorar la velocidad, la transparencia y los costes en transacciones de topo tipo de manera espectacular y al mismo tiempo de aportar información precisa en tiempo real sobre el estado y la situación de los bienes y los inventarios a lo largo de la cadena de suministro.

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Blockchain technology applications in supply chain and international trade have the potential to spectacularly improve the speed, transparency and costs of all types of transactions as well as to provide real-time information on the status of assets and inventories across the whole supply chain.

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I was delighted to be interviewed by Dr. Nilda Perez of Foresight Strategies Group in New York on her Dr. Nilda Show on the topic of business internationalization for American SMEs. While only 1% of America’s 30 million companies export to overseas markets, those that do export are more productive, more profitable and stay in business longer than those that don’t.

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Since the end of the Second World War in 1945 English has increasingly become the international language of business. How did this come about? How did a language, that in 1500 was spoken by maybe 5 million people, on an island off the coast of Europe come to be the lingua franca of the twenty-first century. Today, between 1.5 and 1.7 billion speak English as a first or second language in countries spread all over the work, that is almost one quarter of the population of the planet. The real story of how English came to this position of dominance in one of geopolitics and economic power. The French language had long been dominant in international affairs until the 19th century and indeed it is still one of the most influential language in international diplomacy. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the truly global British empire grew and consolidated across the globe and encompassed areas of the world such as North America, South and East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Australia and Oceania. As the 20th century opened and Britain’s star began to wane after the First World War, the English speaking United States emerged as the new global superpower and after World War 2 left many parts of Europe and East Asia in ruins, American economic, cultural and military power became dominant on the world stage and along with it the English language.

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The Christmas season has now well and truly begun and there are fewer than thirty days to go to the start of 2018. For some of you, particularly those in the consumer goods business, this is an extremely busy time at work, the busiest of the year perhaps. For others, this will be a time of busy activity on the personal front preparing for the upcoming holidays and commitments with family and friends. For all of us, it is a time when it can be difficult to look beyond the present moment.

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Recently, a very good client said something to me that made me stop and think. She said that now that the economy is recovering strongly she feels that she is a worse manager than she was during the recession. Now I have been working with her for a number of years on several different projects and I know that she is now and was before a very fine manager indeed, but I do get what she was trying to say.

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Managing a business project- regardless of its size and nature – can be quite challenging in the real world. According to a 2016 report from the Project Management Institute, “Pulse of the Profession: The High Cost of Low Performance,” only 62% of projects meet their goals and business intent – a trend which has been dropping since 2008 – and 16% fail outright.

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I was in New York City recently attending an event at the W Hotel close by Times Square in midtown Manhattan. It’s a quirky place and one of its curiosities is that the elevators on the ground floor will only take you as far as the seventh floor where the lounge bar is situated. To get to the upper floors you must exit at the seventh and take a different elevator that starts there and takes you to the upper floors. It is in fact a very tangible manifestation of the adage “what got you here won’t get you there”.

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