Congrats Gabriel… A Chosen One.

Kiverco Team

Gabriel O’Keefe, Export Sales Manager of Dungannon-based Kiverco is amongst eight business leaders announced as the Department for International Trade’s first Northern Ireland Export Champions.

Each one will encourage other businesses in Northern Ireland to start exporting as part of their role.

A variety of different sectors are represented in the appointments, from companies based across Northern Ireland.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced eight leading business figures as the first Export Champions for Northern Ireland.

Gabriel O’Keefe, Export Sales Manager of Dungannon-based recycling separation equipment manufacturer Kiverco, is amongst eight business leaders from across the country appointed as Northern Ireland’s first-ever Export Champions.

Between them they represent a variety of key sectors in Northern Ireland’s economy, including food and drink, technology and manufacturing.

Having taken on these voluntary roles, each Champion will now help DIT to promote the benefits of exporting and encourage other companies across Northern Ireland to consider selling to overseas markets.

This will be done through participating in DIT events, sharing their exporting stories and experiences breaking into new markets abroad with those in their sector.

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said:

“We want to see a real boost to the number of Northern Ireland businesses that are exporting, and that’s exactly what the Export Champions scheme is designed to do.

“Each of these new Champions has first-hand experience of the benefits of selling internationally, and by sharing their expertise and their story, they can help encourage others to start their exporting journey.

“Between us I’m confident that we can help to ensure that businesses in Northern Ireland are making the most of the opportunities that exist around the globe for them to sell their goods and services.”

The Export Champion community was introduced in response to a desire from businesses to receive peer-to-peer exporting support.

Each Champion has been selected because they have a successful international trade track record, have a good story to tell about how exporting makes a positive difference to a company, and want to share their knowledge and experience with others.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris said:

“Congratulations to Northern Ireland’s first ever Export Champions on their appointments.

“Their international trade expertise and experience, combined with support from DIT, will prove invaluable in encouraging more Northern Ireland companies to access the opportunities which exporting represents, bringing their top quality products to new markets.”

Kiverco is a family-owned business specialising in the design, manufacture, and installation of recycling separation equipment. The company have successfully exported to countries across the globe including in the Middle East, North Africa and Australia.

Gabriel O’Keefe, Export Sales Manager, Kiverco said:

I am honoured to represent Northern Ireland as an Export Champion for DIT. Kiverco currently export recycling separation equipment to countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE and I am looking forward to sharing my insight to help similar businesses explore international markets for themselves.

“I hope that our success in selling to markets across the world and utilising DIT’s support will inspire other Northern Ireland businesses to do the same.

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