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Major Cross-Border Trade Conference Launches

A major cross-border trade conference, jointly hosted by Newry and Dundalk Chambers and with sponsors including InterTradeIreland will focus on sustaining and building cross-border cooperation and trade.

Case studies will demonstrate how businesses, both North and South, have overcome significant challenges, using the supports available to navigate the changes in trade flows and identify opportunities for growth. Government Ministers and Senior Council Officials from both sides of the border will set out their priorities for the region.

The event is being held virtually on Wednesday 9th March 2022 from 9am to 1pm and is FREE to attend.

Speaking at the launch of the conference, Tony McKeown, CEO of Newry Chamber said:

“The dramatic increase in cross-border trade throughout 2021, demonstrates the strong collaboration between business in NI and RoI. For businesses interested in trading cross-border, this is a must attend conference. It is an exciting time for the Newry/ Dundalk regions particularly, as we are set to benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of investment through a number of initiatives including the Belfast Region City Deal and Peace Plus funding.”

Paddy Malone, Public Relations Officer of Dundalk Chamber said:

“Our objective is to demonstrate the strength of cooperation that exists within the border economy despite the challenges of Brexit. Businesses need to plan ahead. The conference programme includes a number of key specialists who will provide practical advice and support for border businesses. This region is well set to develop given the priority afforded to it from the 2040 Plan, M1 Corridor and the Shared Island initiatives of the Government.”

Margaret Hearty, CEO of InterTradeIreland said:

“InterTradeIreland is delighted to continue to sponsor the Newry and Dundalk Chamber’s annual cross-border conference. This year’s event which focuses on sustaining and building cross-border cooperation and trade will provide valuable insights, advice and guidance to businesses who are adjusting to the new normal in a post-Brexit and Covid climate.”

“At InterTradeIreland we’re supporting recovery and growth for businesses through our Trade and Innovation programmes. This includes our dedicated Brexit Advisory Service who continue to keep businesses informed and offer post-Brexit supports and advice.”

The conference is also supported by Louth County Council, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Louth Local Enterprise Office. Other speakers include Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency, Across Borders Consulting, Meath Local Enterprise Office, DkIT and the Southern Regional College.

MC for the conference will be Broadcaster & Journalist, Mark Simpson.