I am delighted to welcome you to the new Irish Business Network (IBN) in Germany.
Over the past few months, we have made a number of changes to create a new, stronger, more member focused network. This has been done with the aim of increasing member interaction and making the IBN a more relevant and useful resource for its members, Irish professionals living and working in Germany and other professionals who have strong business and or personal links to Ireland.
Four Regional Committees organising more frequent events
We have established four voluntary regional committees to plan regular local networking / business events in the cities with the highest proportion of Irish professionals:
• IBN Germany South (Munich)
• IBN Germany West (Cologne / Düsseldorf)
• IBN Germany South West (Frankfurt / Stuttgart)
• IBN Germany North East (Berlin)
National Executive Board (Irish Business Network e.V.)
A non-profit registered association (‘eingetragener Verein’) with a voluntary executive board has been established to coordinate the activities of the local committees on a national level.
The executive board’s responsibilities include assisting with communications, managing the Network’s funding and acting as a point of contact between the Irish Government Agencies and other Irish Networks. This board comprises of representatives from the four regional committees.
Executive Steering Committee:
The executive board will be assisted by an Executive Steering Committee comprising senior Irish business people or ‘friends of Ireland’ who are based in Germany. They will advise on, design and develop the Network’s strategy.
The new IBN is also fully assisted by the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme and the Irish Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Mr. Dan Mulhall.
Renewed focus on LinkedIn / XING groups
As more of us turn online for networking opportunities, we hope to increase focus and member activity and on our existing LinkedIn and XING online business networking groups.
These groups currently have 400 and 150 registered members respectively, providing IBN members with direct access to other members, their experience and up-to-date contact and employer information no matter which area of Germany they are based in.
In addition, each group has a member-only forum facility which we hope will continue to be used to generate lively discussion and informal business advice and knowledge sharing.
I would encourage those of you who are not members, to join one of these groups today:
Finally, while it is envisaged that LinkedIn and XING groups will provide the primary online communication channel for members, we have refreshed this website as a means of attracting new members and channelling them towards our LinkedIn and XING groups.
How does Irish Business Network fund itself?
The IBN will continue to operate as a “non-profit” organisation relying on funds generated through major sponsorships, support sponsorships, dedicated event sponsorships and other strategic partnerships.
We hope that you will be able to expand your Irish network, make new contacts and create business possibilities by attending our events and making use of our LinkedIn / XING online resources.
Should you have any ideas or suggestions or wish to get more involved in the running of the IBN, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the regional committee presidents.
I look forward to meeting you at an event in the near future,
Irish Business Network e.V.