Dundalk Chamber hosted their AGM last week.
It was a record breaking and colourful year for the Chamber with Dundalk turning red for the Santa Run thus breaking the Guinness Book of World Records when over 6000 lined up to take part.
The Chamber was also very involved with the St. Patricks Day Parade as they were one of the main organisors attracting over 20,0000 people into the town for the day. Dundalk Chamber also encouraged local businesses to think pink and get their business ready for the Giro D’Italia. The Chamber was delighted with the huge response from shops and local businesses and the town really got in to the spirit of the Giro D’Italia making us proud.
The Chamber has broken many barriers and will continue to do so. It is now regarded as one of the most hardworking Chambers in the country. Paddy Matthews mentioned that we are seeing an uptake in house prices and disposable income is rising. The town has been hit hard by the recession but is fighting back. The Chamber will grab any opportunity it can to promote Dundalk and Dundalk business. Paddy recently met Louth Co. Council in order to reduce the rates burden on business and we will continue to lobby for this.
The Chamber Tourism Conference in April was a huge success and it is now an annual event.
The Chamber also provides Certificate of Origin for companies who export and there has been a huge uptake in this business showing just how much business is improving. The Eures Cross Border Jobs and Advice Fair had 30 stands and over 200 jobs on offer.
Paddy also mentioned the Chambers new Tourism Steering Group led by Sean Farrell is helping to make a