InterTradeIreland

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The Trade and Business Development Body (Irish: An Comhlacht Forbartha Trádála agus Gnó;[1] Ulster-Scots: Tha Mercat an Dalin Fordèrin Convenerie),[2] trading as InterTradeIreland, (Irish: IdirThrádáilÉireann; Ulster-Scots: NifferinMercatAirlann) is one of the six all-Ireland bodies set up following the Belfast Agreement reporting to the North/South Ministerial Council. The body manages and implements programmes to build networks and partnerships on the Island. The organisation works in areas such as Science, Technology & Innovation,[3] Sales & Marketing, Business Capability Improvement, Business Networks and Business & Economic Research.

Its mission is: '"...of a globally competitive enterprise environment in which Ireland and Northern Ireland co-operate to enhance their respective economic performance and competitiveness through the exploitation of synergies to drive additional internal and external trade and wealth creation.

Board[edit]

InterTradeIreland's current board (as of September 2011) are:

  • Chair David Dobbin
  • Vice Chair John Fitzgerald
  • Brendan Butler
  • Ray Doherty
  • Jack Gilmour
  • Hugh Logue
  • Patricia McKeown
  • Dr William Gerard O'Hare CBE
  • Tom Scott OBE
  • Vincent Parker

External links[edit]

Seedcorn Competition[edit]

Every year InterTradeIreland run a business plan competition called Seedcorn.

In 2010 the competition is offering a prize fund of €280,000 spread across 9 cash prizes to help the brightest new business stars across the whole island. [4]

Previous winners include:[5]


  1. ^ 2006 annual report in Irish NSMC.
  2. ^ 2006 annual report in Ulster-Scots NSMC.
  3. ^ Halpin, Killian; Kerri-Ann Jones and Fabian Monds (04/07/14). "A Trilateral Partnership for Supporting Research and Relationships". Science & Diplomacy 3 (2). 
  4. ^ http://seedcorn.intertradeireland.com/
  5. ^ http://www.intertradeireland.com/index.cfm/area/information/page/Past%20Winners