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American Mayor tells Donegal companies his city is open for business

first_imgThe Mayor of Worcester in the US, Joseph Petty, has told Donegal companies that they are open to business.Mayor Petty welcomed civic leaders, businesses and officials from the North West region of Ireland who arrived in Massachusetts yesterday to showcase the region as a prime location for business and to look at new opportunities for companies wishing to expand their business trade links in the US market.In his welcoming address Mayor Petty said Worcester was open for business to companies from Ireland North West and praised the co-ordinated efforts of both Councils and the support agencies in putting forward a strong case for building relations between Ireland North West and Worcester, and the wider Massachusetts region. The delegation which is jointly led by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey, along with officers from both Councils, local businesses and participating organisations such as Udaras na Gaeltachta, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College.While the visit has a trade and investment focus, it also features strongly on education and culture and the good work that has been done over the years to develop linkages between the City of Boston and the wider Massachusetts knowledge corridor.Speaking following their arrival in Worcester, Seamus Neely CEO with Donegal County Council said the 17 companies who joined the delegation had added a new dimension to the joint delegation. They include companies from the digital tech, education, agri-food sectors and creative industries who are delighted to get the opportunity to source business in US export markets.Derry City and Strabane District Council CEO John Kelpie said the collaboration between all agencies was key to promoting Ireland North West as a good place to do business. During their visit, the delegation will launch a new video and brochure showcasing the North West region as a location for business and investment and will attend meetings with businesses, potential investors and key influencers, as well as visit a number of sites such as Harvard and the State House and will participate in the Golden Bridges Conference.One of the businesses included as part of the delegation is Qubizm, which creates radical and innovative resources for the teaching and learning of mathematics. The company’s founder Franz Schlindwein, himself a former secondary head of mathematics, is confident this US visit will allow him to showcase his first product – Izak9, to the US market, highlighting the importance of making math education more fun and rewarding for students, especially in the context of the challenges currently faced by US schools in delivering the common core math curriculum. While Izak9 is already getting some traction internationally, he is very keen to explore the opportunity the US market presents and to meet with organisations and individuals involved in math/STEM education, especially the teaching universities.Another company that has travelled as part of the delegation is Modern Democracy, a Derry based digital technology provider that produces a unique digital democracy platform and consultancy packages to help electoral service professionals improve and transform service delivery. The company’s founder Siobhan Donaghy says the US trade visit is the perfect platform for the company to meet with decision makers in electoral management in the US and to look at competitors operating in the US. She says: “It is our vision to become the leader in the digital transformation of democratic services nationally and internationally and being part of this NW trade mission is a key opportunity for us to showcase our innovative solutions and share our expertise with the elections industry in the US. We are really excited about the meetings that have been set up for us and are very keen to make the most of this fantastic opportunity to sell our products directly to State and City government election officials.”John McNamara from Sendmode at CoLab LYIT specialises in mobile marketing, mobile vouchers and SMS marketing. He says he plans to use the visit to research the feasibility of the US market and its potential to help maintain growth in his business.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock says the mission will build on the region’s cultural, political and economic linkages while the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Terence Slowey says it will allow the region to tell its unique story and showcase the area’s attributes as a good place to do business. For further information visit www.irelandnet.com>.The companies travelling as part of the delegation are as follows:GoWalkTalk; Gartan Technologies; Irish Gap Year; Irish Fish Canners; Qubizm; SLM Connect; Consilium Education; SLM Connect; Oideas Gael; Hanna Hats; Kelsius; Sendmode; Modern Democracy; Kinnegar Brewing; Studio Donegal; O’Donnell’s Bakery; Randox; Donegal Socks; O’Neill’s Sportswear.Follow us on twitter @dcsdc @donegalcouncil #IrelandNWMass2016 American Mayor tells Donegal companies his city is open for business was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Samsonite Australia has

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSamsonite Australia has launched its first-ever sustainable collection, the Spark SNG Eco suitcase. Made out of textiles engineered from 100% post-consumer recycled PET plastic bottles and genuine cork material, Recyclex is promoted as being “as durable and reliable as Samsonite’s polyester fabric made from virgin materials.”Cork material serves as a nature-conscious alternative for the polyurethane trim on the carry handles, logo, ID tag and back protection, making Spark SNG Eco a strong, tactile and trendy option for travellers. Plastic waste is a critical global environmental issue that communities cannot ignore. To address this issue, Samsonite has been working tirelessly to create sustainable materials that are suitable for travel and lifestyleproducts.“Sustainability is a priority that runs through our products, from our hands to consumers. We recognise that travellers are increasingly aware of environmental protection and looking for ways to reduce theirenvironmental footprint,” said Subrata Dutta, President of Samsonite Asia Pacific.“We are proud to present the first wave of Eco Collection in Asia, as part of our commitment to increasing the sustainability of our products with more responsible and environmentally friendly materials. We expect to generate stronger awareness of environmental protection in the market, and will continue to seek opportunities to maximise the use of recycled and recyclable materials in our products and packaging.”“Samsonite is excited to work towards even more sustainable products while sustaining the passion for making high-quality bags and accessories.”In 2018 and 2019, Samsonite will launch at least 30 product lines worldwide that are made from recycled materials such as rPET or recycled polypropylene.The new SPARK SNG ECO will be available to purchase from leading luggage retailers and online in three sizes (55cm, 67cm and 79cm) and prices ($349, $465 and $499 respectively).All Samsonite travel products include a ten-year global limited warranty.See www.samsonite.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more