Over 300 business delegates attended a Cross Border Business Support Expo hosted by Newry and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce and supported by InterTradeIreland, Louth County Enterprise Board and the Business Support Unit of Louth County Council on the 30th January in the Carrickdale Hotel.
Ms Orla Jackson Chief Executive of Newry Chamber stated, ‘as joint organisers of this annual event, Newry Chamber was delighted with its success in terms of networking opportunities created and the opening of communication channels between local businesses and Support Agencies’.
‘There is a wide selection of business support programmes currently offered to small businesses; however, there is some confusion within the business community about where to look for support and exactly what businesses can avail of. In this evolving economic climate local businesses need to take advantage of all appropriate support opportunities open to them. This event provided a unique forum for business owners and managers to speak directly to all the local Business Support Providers on a one-to-one basis, on one day, under one roof’.
Paddy Malone PRO of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce was delighted that both Chambers came together and organised an event that gave people who are interested in starting a business a platform to find out what supports are there to help them get started.
Over 35 Business Support Agencies catering for the needs of businesses located within the Newry Dundalk region exhibited at this Expo; exhibitors included, InterTradeIreland, Enterprise Ireland, Invest NI, Newry & Mourne District Council, Regional Development Centre, Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency, Southern Regional College, SOAR, Stem Project, Department of Employment & Learning, Employability Louth and all of the main lending institutions.
Mr Paddy Savage, InterTradeIreland, ‘IntertradeIreland was delighted to support this important cross business event and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage local companies to seek support from InterTradeIreland to help them access and benefit from cross-border business opportunities.”
Due to the success of the event another one is planned for January 2015!