Aidan Gough in his role as Strategy and Policy Director, advises on collaborative strategy, policy and initiatives to help InterTradeIreland in boosting North/South economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of both economies on the island. Aidan leads InterTradeIreland’s policy and research team to identify areas where joint Government intervention can help to create an environment where it is easier to do business and increase the competitiveness of individual businesses and the island in the global economy. Aidan is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast with an MBA and MSc in Economics. Prior to joining InterTradeIreland in 2000, Aidan was Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Council.

The Co-Innovate Programme and The Power of Partnerships

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Are you wanting to develop a new product, service or process? Have you ever considered a partnership to drive innovation in your business? Have you looked at The Co-Innovate Programme? Find out more about the programme and the power of partnerships:

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Businesses Tread Water With ‘Wait and See’ Attitude to Brexit

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According to the latest Business Monitor from InterTradeIreland, which surveys over 750 businesses North and South on business sentiment, while the wider economy on the island remains resilient, there are further signs of difficulties generated by the uncertainty around Brexit. Businesses are cautious, and this could potentially impact on growth prospects. Businesses tread water with "wait and see" attitude to Brexit:

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How Prepared Are Firms to Deal With a Post-Brexit Scenario?

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The latest research by InterTrade Ireland has been released with some interesting findings about how prepared firms are to deal with a post-Brexit scenario:

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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Shows that Business Uncertainty isn’t Confined to Brexit

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor shows that business uncertainty isn’t confined to Brexit. Brexit is still the biggest concern on the minds of most SMEs (44%) but it’s worth noting that other issues are rising in significance, for example, rising costs are a concern for over a third of SMEs (36%) while cash flow is an issue for 32% of firms. 

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Cross-Border Trading Increases Exporting Further Afield

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Key research from InterTradeIreland reveals that cross-border trading leads to increased productivity and levels of innovation. Cross-Border Trading in goods is also at an all time high, standing at £6bn/€7bn for 2017 and has been growing at an average of 4% per annum over the last 20 years.

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Trade Remains Resilient In Face of Growing Challenges

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor shows that trade has remained resilient over the past quarter with 41% of companies continuing to grow. Read on to find out how trade remains resilient in the face of growing challenges:

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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor: Winners and Losers in a Highly Competitive Market

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor report shows winners and losers in a highly competitive market. Read on for more insights: Join our Business Achievers community  and get access to downloads to help your business, free online training co...
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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Shows That ‘Business is Holding Its Breath’

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Indications of a ‘collective pause’ The majority of firms across the island remain very stable, according to the latest quarterly InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report (January-March 2018). However, levels of growth are declining sharply in Irela...
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InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Highlights Winners and Losers in Competitive Economy

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  Intensely competitive economic environment The latest quarterly InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report (January – March 2017) reveals evidence of an intensely competitive economic environment.  While companies are taking advantage of b...
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Very interesting report. Stats on the lack of planning around Brexit are an eye opener. Will hopefully see more firms engage with ... Read More
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