GDPR clock is ticking

The countdown to the GDPR compliance deadline of 25 May 2018 continues. In response, the Small Firms Association has launched its guide ‘Mind your business: Prepare for GDPR’, which you can download here.


For further information, please contact Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, at or Linda Barry, SFA Assistant Director at



Brexit latest


Brexit transition deal across the line: Last Friday’s European Council signed off on a Brexit transition deal. This will give businesses at least 11 more quarters of full EU-UK alignment and it reduces the risk of a ‘no deal’ outcome. Deeply worrying EU-UK differences remain, but we've more time to sort them out.

Principle of border legal backstop agreed: The European Council also provided additional clarity that both sides are fully committed to a legal backstop that would avoid a hard border. This now needs to be put into full legal form. This is important for the many businesses operating on an all-island basis. Ensuring that similar customs and regulatory alignment continues East-West between Ireland and Britain, as well as North-South, is now our priority.


Last week we got clarity on a Brexit transition deal. Talks will begin on the future EU-UK relationship, but big worries remain. For a full update on all the key issues check out the March edition of Ibec’s Brexit Tracker here



National Workplace Wellbeing Day

It’s time to get moving! Ireland’s fourth National Workplace Wellbeing Day takes place on Friday, 13th April 2018. Last year, over 500 companies of all sizes from across the public and private sectors participated in the annual event, which aims to improve employee wellbeing through promoting better exercise and nutrition in the workplace.
Ibec is calling all employers to sign up and participate on the day and take this opportunity to get outdoors and get moving alongside their employees.

Visit our website to sign-up.



Big ambitions

The BioPharma Ambition Conference 2018 was a highly successful event staged in Dublin Castle in February, hosted jointly by BioPharmaChem Ireland (part of Ibec), the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), and the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT).
Ireland’s biopharmachem sector had a record €67.8 billion in exports in 2017, accounting for 55% of overall Irish exports of goods (excluding services). The conference coincided with an announcement by MSD of new biotech plant in Dublin that will employ 350 people. Investments in excess of €10 billion have been made by the industry in Ireland since 2000.



Microsoft in the US Supreme Court

In January, Ibec filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in relation to the court’s consideration of a case relating to US administration attempts to access emails held on Microsoft servers in Ireland.
Ibec filed an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) along with the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the Polish Confederation Lewiatan, and the French Business Federation (MEDEF) in the case United States of America v Microsoft Corporation.

A decision on the case is expected in the summer.


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