For the past five months, the Chamber has been busy providing events and support for members. One of our key events this month is the NI Small Business Conference on Thursday 24th June 2021.
This year’s virtual conference is focused on providing practical advice and support for small businesses across a range of subjects, including Access to Finance, Digital Marketing and How to Win Business.
You can find more information about the programme and register for FREE below.
This month, we will be launching the Greater Newry Area Business Awards 2021. This year, the awards ceremony will be on the Thursday 9th September 2021.
Look out for the launch of the application process on Monday 21st June 2021. There is always a competitive field to secure one of these prestigious awards, so start planning now to ensure your success in the 2021 awards.
Finally, don’t forget to join our three Facebook Groups, which have been set up by the Chamber to support local businesses.
Chief Executive Officer
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade
NI SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2021
DATE: Thursday 24th June 2021
TIME: 9am – 1pm
We would like to encourage all members to register now for NI Small Business Conference 2021, which will help businesses plan a pathway for growth and recovery.
The programme will include keynote addresses from:
► Richard Ramsey, Chief Economist NI, Ulster Bank
► Brian Reid, CEO, DELI LITES Ireland
► Grainne McCoy, Owner, Give Us Beauty
Supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the FREE virtual conference will provide small businesses with practical advice, tools and solutions to help them in their growth and recovery, post-Brexit and COVID-19.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
NMD BUSINESS LAUNCH BRAND BUILDING PROGRAMME
NMD Business launches a Brand Building Programme open to eligible businesses based in NMDDC Area who employ less than 50 staff.
Regardless of your sector or size, brand image is essential for your business.
This is the first thing any potential customers see, before they even get to meet you or your team, so it needs to make an impact to stand out from your competitors.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER:
Friday 9th July 2021 at 1pm.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
27 DAYS TO APPLY TO THE EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME
If you employ workers from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, to help minimise the impact that the UK leaving the EU may have on your business and staff you should notify them to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
EU, EEA & Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31st December 2020, should apply without delay so that they can continue to work, study, access free healthcare and benefits in Northern Ireland after 30th June 2021.
If your employees are an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen living in Northern Ireland, they can contact Advice NI’s FREE multi-lingual service to check if they are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme and can also provide FREE assistance with proof of identity, eligibility and suitability as well as completing the online application.
Audio Translations are available on NMDDC’s website in a number of languages to help explain what to do which you can access HERE.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO THE EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME.
TRADE & INVESTMENT FOR A 10X ECONOMY:
PRIORITIES FOR NI’s INWARD INVESTMENT, TRADE & EXPORTS
Following the recent publication of a new strategy titled, ‘Skills for a 10X Economy’, Department. for the Economy wishes to outline the strategic priorities and high-level ambitions that will shape the department’s approach to inward investment, trade and exports.
Through inward investment, trade and exports, they can drive their inclusive, green growth agenda over the coming decade and as a result meet their vision of Northern Ireland as a 10X economy.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PUBLICATION.
SME BREXIT SUPPORT FUND
The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.
WHAT YOU’LL BE ABLE TO USE THE GRANT FOR:
You can use the grant for training on:
- How to complete customs declarations.
- How to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems.
- Specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin.
It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.
You can read more about the grant HERE.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW.
FREE 1-2-1 CONSULTATIONS WITH INVEST NI
DATE: Wednesday 9th June 2021
TIME: 11:30am – 1:10pm
The event will offer you the opportunity to meet with business advisors in up to three specialist areas for FREE consultations on your business needs.
Eight advisors will cover the following topics:
► VAT & Indirect Tax
► Supply Chain
► Transport & Logistics
The 20 min appointment slots must be pre-booked and will operate on a first come, first served basis.
You should only book one appointment in each specialist area of your choice. You can make up to a maximum of three appointments, with one meeting per chosen topic.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE & REGISTER NOW.
SRC FULLY-FUNDED COURSES FOR BUSINESSES
SRC’s Business Support & Innovation Team has recently launched the Courses for Industry 2021/22 brochure, which showcases a wealth of courses most of which are fully-funded for local businesses with under 250 employees and social enterprises.
A wide range of courses are available including:
► Food Safety
► Health & Social Care
► Leadership & Management
► Social Media & Digital Marketing
► Plus many more