May 172013
Apr 272013
Apr 112013

Thursday 18th April 2013

The new Chamber Council has put together an excellent line up of speakers for our regular “Third Thursday” seminar event. Our main speaker on the evening, Mark Tanner, will be enlightening members and guests about Chinese consumer behaviour and habits. Should be a fascinating talk. Mark will be joined by Jussara and Bowei, who will share their insights into tapping into this consumer behaviour.

Mark Tanner is the founder of China Skinny, a digital marketing and research agency helping western SMEs in China. He has been in the Internet & mobile marketing game since 1998 in China, North America, Australasia and Europe, including 2 years in Ireland, with a short break in Africa paddling down the Nile. He is a regular contributor on SearchEngineJournal, MarketingProfs and TechinAsia and authors one of the most-read newsletters about marketing to China.

Jussara Bierman is the Managing Director of a global branding agency.  She will give a presentation on how New Zealand has branded their Food & Beverages, Education and Tourism.

Bowei Yu is the CEO of an online survey company that conducted research on Ireland’s potential use of media in China and will present the results of his survey.
If you wish to attend please send an email to

Time/Date: 7pm on 18th April 2013

Cost: RMB 100 (at the door) for ICCC members, RMB 200 for non-members

Venue:  2nd Floor, Central Plaza, 227 Huangpi Bei Road

Host/Sponsor: The Irish Chamber of Commerce China

Mar 252013

The Chamber, together with the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, collected several distinguished commentators, government officials and business people from different sectors to talk about China’s current economy and the impact on business. Panelists included Mary Boyd from The Economist Intelligence Unit, Dermot Swan from Boeing, Edmond Scanlon from Kerry Group, James O’Donnell from Board Bia and Andrew Slevin from CBRE . Importantly this seminar gave visiting MBA students from the Michael Smurfit Faculty at UCD, and Irish Chamber of Commerce members, a chance to discuss the current business climate in China and the implications for cross border trade and investment. There was a lively debate around the challenges facing businesses in China currently and the prospects for the future.

Mar 252013

The Chamber invited three speakers to provide updates to members on personal taxation and finance matters at the Irish Centre on March 21st 2013. Karl Quane of Global Wealth Management Group provided an introduction to the Irish Finance Bill and its impact on ex-pats. Yuseff Murphy of Sovereign Group talked on Qualified Pension Schemes (QROPS) for the Irish abroad and finally we had Nick Ricketts of the Walton Group discussing Tax Efficient Investments for ex-pats. Overall an informative discussion and our thanks to those who attended.

Mar 202013

On the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the constitution by the people of Ireland, a Convention on the Constitution has been established to submit recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas on changes to make the constitution more relevant to the Ireland of the 21st Century.Comprising 100 members – 66 citizens, 33 all-island parliamentarians and an independent Chairman – the Convention will consider eight topics during 2013, ranging from making a provision for same-sex marriage to giving citizens resident outside the State the right to vote in presidential elections.

The Chairman of the Convention on the Constitution, Tom Arnold (former CEO of Concern Worldwide) invites Irish citizens resident abroad to express their views on future Constitutional change: “It is really important that we hear from Irish people where ever they are located. They will bring a valuable perspective to our deliberations and the Convention looks forward to hearing from them”.

Irish citizens living and working abroad are being encouraged to participate in what is an historic initiative in deliberative democracy. The Government has undertaken to respond, by way of Oireachtas debate, to each Convention recommendation within four months and if it agrees with a particular recommendation for change, to give a timeframe for a referendum. The Convention’s plenary meetings are streamed live on the website and include views expressed via social media platforms. Details, including how to make a submission are available at:

Nov 112012

Together with the China IPR SME Helpdesk, the EU SME Centre is organising 2 breakfast seminars (1 in Shanghai and 1 in Beijing) in November.

The seminars, entitled Partnering for Success: Finding and Working with Chinese Business Partners, will deliver key messages and provide practical information on how to effectively protect your company’s assets in business dealings with China, as well as give an overview of the most important considerations when working with business partners in China.

The first seminar will be on the 14th November in Shanghai and the second on the 21st November in Beijing.

Our events are free to attend for European SMEs and SME intermediaries.

For more details please contact

Nov 052012

Miss Gin Sun from Michael Page and  Mr Jun Wu from Morgan McKinley shared their insights into the latest HR trends in China at the Chamber’s October event.  Some 30 members attended and a lively discussion followed the presentations. Our thanks to both speakers and to those who attended.

Chamber Chairman Brendan Waldron thanks both speakers