Irish - Anglo business relations have changed

"It’s official, we’re allowed to like the British now” said Olivia O'Leary in the Royal Albert Hall.

"I loved my time in England" said a man In a pub in Lahinch on Easter Sunday morning.

It's as if there's a new Easter rising. Such a change in the public mood - you won't hear many voices criticising English people.

"Perfidious Albion" is gone. Replaced by chat about how how fortunate we are to have the UK for a neighbour.

There's been a tipping point.
A big social change to "friendship" that will make people wonder why there was ever "animosity".

So many Irish people have had a great time in the UK.
The man I met in Flanagan's Bar in County Clare laid cables from Southampton to Nottingham. We both spent years in UK - we both loved our time there.

We were able to compare & contrast what it's like to do business in UK & Ireland.

The differences are significant & well worth knowing about - if you want to do business from one culture to the other.

It's a particularly good time to develop business relations - to take advantage of the neighbourhood that's 5m people in Ireland & 63m in UK.

Irish people who've lived, worked & done business in UK have a big advantage over Irish people who've never left Cork, for example.

Irish people who've emigrated to UK & come back years later bring a wealth of experience. They know how big & diverse the UK is. They've seen different ways of doing business. They have a competitive advantage for the future.

And the future is friendly
- there's a lot to learn from how business is done in England, Scotland & Wales.

It's not just that the size of the market is 10 times bigger.

It's business culture & processes.

This is relevant if your ambition is grow a business in scale - to compete internationally.

The words of Olivia O'Leary have expressed a fresh chapter - suggested a change that's already taken place.

It's more obvious now - emigrants from Ireland learned valuable skills & mindset.

Returned emigrants have been change agents.

The recent journey of the Irish President has brought a lot of fresh conversation - and a new mood.

This 2014 Easter may be more significant than 2016.