‘We help our members grow through a variety of networking opportunities.’

JULY NEWSLETTER

In this month’s newsletter, we have included information on:

  • Newry Chamber’s Annual NI SME Business Conference & Expo
  • Newry Chamber’s Meeting with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP
  • An Update on the Southern Relief Road (SRR)
  • Fully Funded Skill Up Courses at Southern Regional College
  • Smart Manufacturing Data Hub’s Workshop in Newry
  • An Upcoming Menopause Masterclass in Newry in October
  • Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor (DBEC) Survey

UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTS

EVENT: NI SME Business Conference & Expo
Thursday 28th September, 8am – 2pm, Canal Court Hotel & Spa
BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

SAVE THE DATE: Newry Chamber Annual President’s Banquet
Friday 27th October, 12 noon – 3pm, Canal Court Hotel & Spa

Tony McKeown
Chief Executive Officer
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade

NI SME BUSINESS CONFERENCE & EXPO

DATE:    Thursday 28th September 2023
TIME:     8am – 2pm (Breakfast & Lunch Included)
VENUE: Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry
COST:    FREE for Chamber Members

The registrations are coming in thick and fast our annual NI SME Business Conference & Expo and it will take place on Thursday 28th September from 8am – 2pm at the Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry.

Principal Sponsor:
• Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Supporting Sponsors: 
• Federation of Small Businesses NI
• British Business Bank
• Southern Regional College

The workshops will cover the following areas:
• Finance & the Economy
• Smart Business Practices
• Sales & Marketing
• Recruiting & Retaining Talent
• Future of High Streets
• Tourism as an Economic Driver

If you are a small business, this is not to be missed!

BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

NEWRY CHAMBER MEETS SIR JEFFREY DONALDSON MP

Newry Chamber Board Members and Corporate Patrons held a meeting with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP to discuss the local economy at a special lunchtime event which took place at the Lord Ballyedmond Centre at Norbrook Laboratories in Newry on Thursday 6th July.

Edwina Flynn, Chamber Vice President commented:

“We continue to lobby for our members with a range of stakeholders and in particular political leaders. We were grateful that Sir Jeffrey took the time to come to Newry to share his thoughts on future economic prospects.”

“We also discussed the key challenges that businesses are facing around skills shortages, that are severely impacting on growth. We discussed the need for better co-ordination in the education sector between providers and a focus on vocational skills, whilst looking at more innovative ways to attract foreign workers to the region.”

“We raised the need for investment in our infrastructure, especially health care and in particular acute services at Daisy Hill as well as sewage, housing and transport. We offered our support and encouragement for a return to Stormont and much needed political stability.”

READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: SOUTHERN RELIEF ROAD (SRR)

Department for Infrastructure officials recently gave a presentation on the progress of the Southern Relief Road (SRR) to the Greater Newry Vision Group.

Online information on the scheme can be found HERE.

The following five bullets points will provide all the info to date for the scheme. They are as follows:

• Overview
• Background
• Stage 1 Feasibility Report
• Stage 2 Community Consultation
• Stage 3 Community Consultation

The current status is that work is progressing on the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and the draft Statutory Orders. This work is expected to be completed towards the end of the year and will allow a further update on the scheme.

READ MORE HERE

FULLY FUNDED SKILL UP COURSES AT SRC

The Skill Up – Flexible Skills Fund has been established to help upskill and reskill individuals to meet the needs of the economy post-pandemic and into the future.

It is designed to boost participation in lifelong learning and reduce key skills imbalances in areas where there are skills shortages. Southern Regional College offer a wide range of courses through the Skill Up programme.

Skill Up courses are available to individuals who are over 18 and are FREE, accredited and are fully funded by the Department for the Economy.

For further info or to apply now, please click HERE
or email skillup@src.ac.uk.

VIEW ALL COURSES HERE

WORKSHOP: SMART MANUFACTURING DATA HUB (SMDH)

DATE:    Tuesday 29th August 2023
TIME:     10am – 1:30pm
VENUE: Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry
COST:    FREE

Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) is supporting manufacturers in NI to become more competitive and productive through the power of data-driven technology.

The SMDH programme has received £20m investment from Innovate UK to help firms within the manufacturing sector embrace and embed data-driven technologies, to become more digitally aware and enabled.

Whether you’re an engineer, a production manager or a business leader, this workshop is suitable for anyone who has an interest in developing industry 4.0 and IoT in their premises.

The workshop will give an overview of the digital tools, impartial advice, funding available and info on how to join the Smart Manufacturing Community platform.

BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

SAVE THE DATE: MENOPAUSE MASTERCLASS

DATE:    Sunday 15th October 2023
TIME:     1pm – 5pm
VENUE: Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry
COST:    £45.00 (On sale in Sept via Eventbrite)

Our members, Occupation Therapy NI, The Powerhouse Newry alongside FoodScript Nutrition are organising a Menopause Masterclass in October.

The exciting half day event will cover many aspects of Menopause from a medical and therapy perspective. This includes talks on nutrition from a specialist dietitian, pelvic health care from our specialist physiotherapist, cognitive and fatigue management from our specialist occupational therapists and medical management from a Doctor specialising in menopause.

On the day, there will also be additional talks on skin care and aesthetics. Tickets will be on sale from the beginning of September via Eventbrite.

SURVEY: DUBLIN BELFAST ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (DBEC)

Councils across the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor (DBEC) are conducting a survey on innovation support.

The Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor wants to know how businesses working across the region can be better supported to innovate and grow.

Your feedback will help them gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that businesses face in the realm of innovation and help inform the development of strategies and support mechanisms that can enhance innovation and collaboration among businesses.

Every response matters and your perspective is crucial to shaping the future of innovation and economic growth in the area. The survey takes no more than 5 minutes of your time and your responses will remain anonymous.

COMPLETE SURVEY HERE