Investec announces sponsorship partnership with Horse Sport Ireland
- 7 July 2015, 10:22
Investec and Horse Sport Ireland today announced a sponsorship partnership that will see Investec confirmed as the first ever corporate sponsor for the Irish Show jumping Team. The partnership will see Investec sponsoring Team Ireland’s involvement in the Dublin Horse Show and FEI European Championships at Aachen, Germany – a key stage for Horse Sport Ireland as Ireland’s show jumpers focus their individual and collective efforts on qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Ireland now has eight riders placed in the world top 100 with Bertram Allen at number seven. Allen was on hand along with Captain Michael Kelly and Greg Broderick for the announcement along with Investec’s own iconic equine brand ambassador – its well-known Zebra, ‘Nairobi’.
Speaking at the launch of the sponsorship Michael Cullen, Chief Executive at Investec in Ireland said: “Investec is really pleased to partner with Horse Sport Ireland this summer as it finalises its preparations to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Ireland is an exemplar in the equestrian world – renowned for breeding world-class horses and developing show jumping talent to compete with the very best at international level. Its commitment to excellence reflects our own focus in Investec on being the very best at what we do. This latest sponsorship builds on many high profile and enduring engagements Investec has both in Ireland and internationally with leading teams and individual sporting figures in golf, rugby, hockey and horse racing.”
Welcoming Investec as sponsor Professor Patrick Wall, Chairman, Horse Sport Ireland said: “We are delighted to welcome Investec as sponsor of Team Ireland for the Dublin Horse Show and The FEI European Championships at Aachen, Germany. We are entering a crucial phase in qualification for the Rio Games in 2016 and support from Investec, which has developed so many winning partnerships, will give Team Ireland added support when we need it most.”
Niall Quinn, The Reputations Agency (for Investec), (01) 661 8915 or 086 827 4829 or Tamso Doyle (on behalf of Horse Sport Ireland), 087 293 6357.
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Notes to Editor:-
Investec in Ireland, a member of the Investec Group, is a leading specialist bank and wealth and investment manager, based in Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. It is part of the Investec Group, a leading international, specialist-banking group, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The group was founded in 1974 and currently has approximately 8,000 employees with offices in 14 countries.
Investec came to Ireland in 2000 when the Group acquired Gandon Capital Markets, a highly-respected treasury and corporate banking specialist, and the first institution to have been granted a license to operate in the IFSC.
In 2012, Investec acquired NCB, one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups, whose main activities include stockbroking (private client and institutional), bonds, corporate finance and venture capital investment.
Investec Ireland now employs a team of over 240 specialists focusing on a domestic and international client base. Their main areas of business are:
- Wealth and Investment
- Corporate Finance
- Fixed Income and Equities
The company places a huge focus on its employees and this year they were awarded Ireland’s third best medium sized workplace in the Great Places to Work Awards.
Investec in Ireland has undertaken a number of high profile sponsorships and is the current sponsor of Monaghan GAA. It has also developed enduring relationships with leading sports figures such as Paul McGinley and Jonathan Sexton. Investec started to support Paul McGinley on joining the European Tour in 1992 and 23 years later he remains an ambassador. More recently Investec has sponsored Jonathan Sexton as part of an overall engagement that has lasted ten years. Internationally Investec has a sponsorship portfolio encompassing horseracing, cricket, golf, hockey and cultural events. High profile sponsorships include The Investec Derby at Epsom and Test Cricket.
Investec in Ireland’s parent, Investec plc is quoted on the Johannesburg and London stock exchanges with a market capitalisation of £5.1bn
More information on Investec can be found on www.investec.ie
Horse Sport Ireland:
Horse Sport Ireland is the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in Ireland as recognised by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Irish Sports Council (ISC), the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and Sport Northern Ireland.
The Sport Horse sector in Ireland is worth over €700m to the Irish economy and over 50,000 people are involved in the sector.
The Irish Show Jumping team competes in the top division of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series. The final leg of this series is the Aga Khan Trophy at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. The Irish Show Jumping team will be seeking to qualify the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the year’s European Show Jumping Championships, which take place in Aachen Germany from 19th-23rd August 2015.
More information on Horse Sport Ireland can be found on www.horsesportireland.ie
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