President's welcome


I am delighted to have taken up the role of President of FICC for 2020/2021 and thrilled to succeed Mathieu Gorge under whose leadership FICC has continued to be a dynamic and relevant chamber that meets the needs of our members and patrons and leads on key issues.

My vision is to build on  FICC’s position as valued player and influencer in the business relationships in Ireland and France in the new landscape in the EU in 2020. I want to ensure we understand the needs and conversations of our members proactively at all times and be dynamic and agile in anticipation of the changing business environment.

France and French companies pay a big role in Irish life as do Irish companies in France and this would speak to the ongoing need to encourage growth in both of these regions, the FICC is an essential ingredient in making this happen.

Our unique position in Ireland is the ease of our relationships with our government and our ability to support this growth.

I would like, with the help of the excellent team at FICC to continue to make this access easy and to facilitate our members and patrons to business success. As we continue to grow in a number of ways as a chamber, I would wish for us at FICC to continue to add to our number of patrons and our membership and to continue to be a compelling voice for the Franco-Irish Business community.

As the FICC is one key element of the France-Ireland business ecosystem we work closely  with external stakeholders including the Ambassador of France to Ireland, H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, and Mission Economique of the French Embassy, Business France, CCEF and French Tech Hub, we collaborate to provide our members with what we believe is the right mix of networking, social and business events throughout the year. We also work very closely with NetworkIrlande in France, our partner for many years for the annual Ireland France Business Awards 2020.

Our mission is to support access here in Ireland and to help to maximise business opportunities in both countries.  

Over the past few years FICC has established a number of working groups (SME & Entrepreneurs Network, CEO Forum, Infrastructure, Finance, Impact on Climate Change, Image de Marque and ICT) which are dedicated to addressing industry and regional opportunities. Headed by a chairperson and deputy-chairperson, they provide a fantastic platform for members to collaborate and influence bilateral trade in their areas of expertise. All members are welcome to take part in relevant groups and I would greatly encourage everyone to get involved.

We support membership and appreciate it. I would like with the team to make sure all feel included, indeed as my day job is all about inclusion, I want to ensure its lived reality for all involved in the chamber and that we continue to bring relevant topics and debates and matters to the fore.

Together with the excellent FICC staff, Executive and Council Members, I look forward to working with all our members, to enable them to maximize on bilateral trade opportunities between our two countries.

We are totally ready to talk to new & existing members at all times and we look forward to opening up new opportunities and building and strengthen our chamber and continuing to make it a force in the Irish business landscape.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time for support and help and with any suggestion, we are an open and inclusive and always ready to listen and act on your behalf.

With thanks,

Margot Slattery – President France Ireland Chamber of Commerce

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