Most attractive FDI locations in Europe: Where does Ireland rank?
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The EY European Attractiveness Survey puts Ireland in the top five FDI locations, behind Germany, the UK and France.

It has undoubtedly been a turbulent year for businesses across the world. According to figures in the latest Global Investment Trends Monitor from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development released last month, global foreign direct investment (FDI) saw a dramatic drop in the first half of 2020.

Looking ahead however, a new survey has revealed the top 10 European locations for FDI in 2021, with Ireland reaching fourth place.

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Spotlight on an Irish business: Atlantic Way Experience

Atlantic Way Experience is based in Donegal, Ireland and offers an amazing opportunity for lovers of Irish culture. Their aim is to provide unique opportunities and experiences in the Emerald Isle. They have  signature tours- Gaelic Games, Traditional Irish Music, Golf and Adventure. Their luxury journeys to Ireland range from one to two weeks and they offer tailor-made journeys.

You can check out our their website here-

You can also follow their recent launch at Inis Communications

This year’s transatlantic conference will be hosted virtually from the historic Guildhall in Derry featuring a range of speakers and delegates from the US and Ireland who will discuss issues including COVID and Brexit. The Golden Bridges Conference will give the US audience a unique insight into how those living and working in the border region of Derry, Strabane and Donegal are collaborating to prepare for Brexit. Our full program can be viewed online here.

The annual awards presentation will also take place, honouring our friends in Irish America who go to great lengths to strengthen the bond between the US and Ireland North West.

This year we are proud to be honoring:

• Congressman Brendan Boyle
• Christine Kinealy, Chair Institute of Ireland’s Great Hunger, Quinnipiac University
• Councilman Frank Baker
• Joseph Burke, Deputy Director in the Office of International Business Development, PA
• Steve Burke, Executive Director, Irish Cultural Centre of New England
• Grace Cotter Regan, President Boston College High School
• Padraic MacLaughlin
• Mark Porter, Director, Irish Pastoral Centre, Boston
• Kathy Savage, LAOH (Recipient of the Dave Burke Award)
• Connemara Gaels, Boston
• Senator Nick Collins

NI pharma firm Almac’s role in Covid-19 vaccine

Almac, the Northern Ireland pharmaceutical firm, is playing a role in the clinical trials of the first effective Covid-19 vaccine.

On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech said preliminary results showed it can prevent more than 90% of people from getting the virus. Almac’s clinical services division provides clinical trials support to BioNTech. It involves things like distribution, labelling and temperature management. The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries. It has to be kept in ultra-cold storage at below minus 80C – Almac’s hardware and software is used to maintain this temperature requirement.

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