Irish Made Summit | Irish Country Magazine

Join us on February 28th in the Guinness Storehouse for our first Irish Made Summit

  • Tickets for the Irish Made Summit are €85 and can be purchased here:

  • Eddie Shanahan, Retail Consultant & Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers

  • Jenny Huston, Luxury Jewellery Designer

  • Emma Kelly, Managing Director, Elevate PR

  • Helen James, Creator of considered by helen james at Dunnes Stores

  • Irish made summit

  • Irish made summit

  • Irish made summit

  • Irish made summit

  • irish made summit

After the success of the Irish Made Awards, we are thrilled to announce the Irish Made Summit, a day of information and innovation with small and medium creative businesses at its heart. Taking place on Wednesday, 28th February 2018 in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, the Irish Made Summit is all about supporting Irish made products and the makers, designers and people behind them.

In 2017, over 200 companies entered the Irish Made Awards, with almost 60,000 individual votes cast online during the campaign. The event brings to life this campaign, with a full day schedule of educational, informative and interactive talks and sessions where established, new and start-up businesses can get information on finance, marketing, funding, and retail, and meet some of Ireland’s success stories in person.

The day will consist of panel discussions on areas such as breaking into the retail market, creativity versus commercial, funding and finance, branding and marketing, and a keynote speaker to be announced. There will also be a pitching session, where individuals and brands will get an opportunity to pitch and get feedback on the session to be in with a chance to win an advertising package in Irish Country Magazine. We will finish the day off with some networking and a lovely pint in the home of Guinness!


We are delighted to announce Bank of Ireland as our exclusive partner of the ‘Irish Made Summit’. This partnership comes as part of BOI’s Enterprise programme which launched in 2013 and involves a unique package of initiatives supporting SME’s and local communities. Last year, Bank of Ireland delivered over 160 Enterprise Town events across the country, two National Enterprise Weeks and the National Enterprising Town Awards.

Since 2015, Bank of Ireland have delivered multiple Workbenches, StartLabs, Community Managers, Sponsorship and Co-working programmes and are continuing to build and grow their resources for Start-up companies. Through their exclusive partnership with WebPort Global, Bank of Ireland provide customers business with an opportunity to grow through international trade by providing free access to a global online portal and to an Exporting Relationship Manager. As WebPort Global is driven by World Trade Centre, Dublin-Boston-Washington, customers will also have access to trade centres around the world along with a network of over 715,000 businesses.

TICKETS for Irish Made Summit:

Tickets are €85 and can be purchased here:


  • Opening Address
  • Panel 1 – The Retail Industry
  • Jando Interview - Overall winners of the Irish Made Awards 2017 and winner of the Gift category
  • Coffee Break
  • Panel 2 – Funding & Finance
  • Panel 3 – From Creativity to Commercial
  • Lunch
  • Panel 4 – Branding, Marketing & More
  • Pitch Perfect – Pitch to our panel of experts, get advice on your performance and key areas to master, and be in with a chance to win an advertising and mentoring package
  • Speed Networking – meet your fellow entrepreneurs, creative and our experts over a pint of Guinness
  • SPEAKERS announced to date:

    Helen James, Creator of considered by helen james at Dunnes Stores

    Helen James studied Textile Design at the National College of Art, Dublin. After years of working in New York with top designers, including Donna Karan and running her eponymous accessories label, Helen began a new chapter launching “Considered by Helen James”, a creative collaboration with Dunnes Stores in Autumn 2014.

    Eddie Shanahan, Retail Consultant & Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers

    Eddie Shanahan is Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers and a Director of the Leitrim Design House. Eddie regularly undertakes special mentoring projects for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. He developed the Irish Designers Create project with Brown Thomas to identify emerging Irish design talent with the potential to sell in this premium department store and works as a consultant in the fashion and retail industry.

    Emma Kelly, Managing Director, Elevate PR

    Emma Kelly founded consumer PR agency Elevate back in 2001. The agency specialises in lifestyle clients with a focus on design, arts, fashion, hospitality and health. She started her career as a marketing executive with IDA Ireland in Amsterdam and worked on the French market. She did politics, economics and multimedia at TCD.

    Jenny Huston, Luxury Jewellery Designer

    Jenny Huston is the founder of Edge Only, a luxury, ethically made, jewellery brand for individuals and black sheep. Jenny believes in ethical luxury and quality craftsmanship so all of Edge Only’s production is done in Ireland with care, ensuring beautifully finished designs that you can feel great about in every respect.

    Chupi Sweetman, Founder and Designer of Chupi

    Chupi is a multi-award winning jewellery brand founded by former Topshop designer Chupi Sweetman. Irresistibly drawn to “wild and natural things” Chupi’s aesthetic is influenced by the imperfect natural beauty of feathers, twigs and leaves complemented by the sparkliest of gemstones. Chupi Sweetman, has been designing and creating since she got her first Singer sewing machine at the age of five. And while Chupi the brand, which was officially launched on 1 April 2014, has been an overnight success, exporting business to customer to 64 different countries and exporting business to business to six countries, Sweetman has been in the design game a long time. Chupi brings her expertise on design, branding and building an international business to the Irish Made Summit.

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