Last week, Danny and I joined Enterprise Nation on one of their #GoGlobal Missions. The mission was to Dublin, Ireland and was designed to help people in the food industry export their products into a new market.
Or did I just visit the Temple Bar?
I arrived in Dublin and met up with around 35 businesses on Thursday morning for the event. After a quick freshen up at the very nice boutique O’Callaghan Davenport hotel, we were whisked away by our lovely Welsh coach driver Danny to visit a few of the worlds biggest social media giants.
I visited Facebook where we were treated to lunch and a tour of their partners centre. Facebook explained how their advertising system works and how it can benefit your brand. They also gave me a cool notebook.
Facebook’s hardware blew me away. Did you know that when a piece of their data centre fails, it robotically re-engineers itself and reprograms itself. Honest, I can’t make it up! A visit to Facebook also included selfie giant, Instagram where we took a selfie. We also wrote on the actual wall at Facebook!
Next was Twitter where we were kindly treated to cupcakes and some insider information on how their advertising platform can help to grow your business or brand. Armed with killer tips and more, we set off to LinkedIn where again we were given insights into their strategy. Incidentally, Twitter have the best toilets in the universe. They are the Carlsberg of bogs.
Ferrero Rocher at the Ambassador’s Reception.
As if this wasn’t enough for one day, Then I got to meet the British Ambassador at his residence for canapés and cocktails. I expected Ferrero Rocher, but they never arrived. Danny and I listened to some inspiring stories from former startups, drank lots of gin and oh how we laughed. That evening tired and hungry but late, we gathered around the hotel bar and made some great connections, stayed up far too late and ate lots of Pizza with the team at Enterprise Nation and the other missionaries. Danny had a fight with someone about Sharepoint. Well, not quite, I think he fell asleep before it got too heated.
As Friday was aimed at delegates pitching their products to some of the worlds biggest food suppliers, Danny and I decided to sample some of the delights of Dublin & did a bit of shopping & sightseeing. We arrived back in time to have a chat with founder of the New Covent Garden Soup Co John Stapleton, drink some Guinness & have a final chat with some of the new connections we made. Also, in the spirit of Danny’s latest Amsterdam tattoo, he decided to get a shamrock on his other leg. I of course sat with him like his mum, whilst he cried from the pain and the hangover simultaneously.
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Thanks Enterprise Nation
We would like to thank Emma, Harriet, Dan and the team for a fantastic & hugely informative trip & hope to GoGlobal again soon!
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