Irish business in Britain is seen as key to the economic recovery. The British market is a natural destination for Irish businesses looking to expand. Not only are they one of our most important trade partners but geographical proximity and cultural similarities make expansion into Britain easy for Irish businesses. Here at the British Irish Chamber we are working to promote trade between the Islands as well as facilitate businesses looking to expand into new markets.
Britain is Ireland’s third largest trading partner. Only the United States and Belgium receive more Irish exports than Britain. According to the Central Statistic office Ireland exported approximately €12 billion worth of goods to Britain between January and November 2011. The top five Irish exports to Britain are: organic chemicals, electronics, pharmaceuticals, meat and the machinery sector. Ireland exported over £2.6/€3 billion worth of organic chemicals to Britain in 2010 making it Ireland’s most lucrative British export. The Chamber currently represents businesses in each of these industries from SMEs to multinationals located across the Islands.
Top 5 Irish Exports to Britain
Organic chemicals – €2.95 billion
Electrical, electronic equipment – €1.53 billion
Pharmaceutical products – €1.36 billion
Meat and edible meat offal – €951 million
Boilers, machinery etc. – €938 million
 CSO (2012)External Trade. http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/ documents/externaltrade/2011/extrade_nov2011.pdf (20 February 2012).
 OECD(2011) International Trade by Commodities Statistics. ESDS International, University of Manchester. http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx (13 February 2012).