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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER: July 2022

Newry Chamber today outlined the organisation’s concerns regarding the spiralling ‘Cost of Living’ Crisis, severely impacting businesses, individuals and families.

The Chamber is calling for Government intervention and will be embarking on a series of engagements with local MPs and MLAs to appeal for action.

You can read the full statement from Chamber President, Julie Gibbons below.

Entries are NOW OPEN for the Newry Chamber Employee & Team Awards 2022

The Awards will celebrate and recognise our greatest assets – our people. Our teams and employees are the lifeblood of businesses and we invite you to show your appreciation by submitting entries across 21 categories at www.newrychamber.com.

Entries CLOSE on at midnight Friday 5th August 2022 so get your entries in!

In this newsletter, we have also included information on: 

• Daisy Hill Future Group Launch DHH Development Pathway
• WEBINAR: Financial Wellbeing For Your Employees
• NMD Business: Marketing Matters Business Support Programme
• SRC Course: Retrofit Skills For Building Fabric & Services
• Voice For Locals: Newry Breakfast Event

Tony McKeown
Chief Executive Officer
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade

NEWRY CHAMBER CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT
INTERVENTION IN ‘COST OF LIVING’ CRISIS

Newry Chamber today outlined the organisation’s concerns regarding the spiralling cost of living, which is severely impacting businesses, as well as individuals and families.

The Chamber is calling for Government intervention and will be embarking on a series of engagements with local MLAs to appeal for action.

Julie Gibbons, President of Newry Chamber said:

“We are hearing daily from members, large and small, about the impact that the increasing rate of inflation and the ever rising the cost of energy, fuel and materials, is having on their businesses. It is not sustainable.”

“We are already seeing hospitality outlets across Northern Ireland closing as a result. We need action or we will see a lot more businesses closing their doors in the weeks and months ahead.”

“We have been vocal on behalf of our members, about the requirement for a functioning Executive. In a crisis it serves no one to not have the ability to govern, to make decisions on behalf of business and civic community or to assign support where it is most needed.”

“We have written to our local MPs and MLAs to request urgent meetings to discuss a way forward. We are hoping that our plea will not fall on deaf ears. We hope that measures can be put in place to save and support our local business community who provide essential services in all aspects of our daily lives.”

READ FULL STATEMENT HERE

ENTER NOW: EMPLOYEE & TEAM AWARDS 2022

The Newry Chamber Employee & Team Awards 2022 are NOW OPEN for entries across 21 categories.

The Awards will celebrate and recognise our greatest assets – our people. Our employees and teams are the lifeblood of businesses and we invite you to show your appreciation by submitting entries.

Do you have an employee or a team that has displayed exemplary performance, made a significant contribution to your organisation? Here is a way to thank them.

ENTRIES CLOSE:
Friday 5th August 2022 at midnight.

ENTER NOW HERE

DAISY HILL FUTURE GROUP DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

Newry Chamber were pleased to join representatives from political parties, community groups and the medical profession on Friday 1st July 2022, to launch the DHH Development Pathway. 

These reps plus a member of the Bengoa Expert Panel, reps from Daisy Hill Pathfinder Group, Newry Chamber, Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency all form part of the new Daisy Hill Future Group who set out their vision for Daisy Hill Hospital at a press conference at the Thinklab, Newry.

VISION:
The vision is that ‘Daisy Hill will be a major acute healthcare hub providing safe accessible services for citizens in the east border region.’

The new group spelt out six aims:

  1. To secure a reliable ambulance service for the Greater Newry Area
  2. An electrical supply upgrade at the hospital with the provision of an MRI suite
  3. Staff contracts need to be Trust wide, not site specific
  4. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council need to transfer present Council Offices at Monaghan Row to the Trust to enable the hospital’s expansion
  5. Elective surgery hub status confirmed for Daisy Hill
  6. Specialist workforce need to be recruited

READ MORE HERE

WEBINAR: FINANCIAL WELLBEING FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES

DATE: Thursday 28th July 2022
TIME:  10am – 11am

We are delighted to host a webinar delivered by:

Sean Bruen, Director, Kith & Kin Financial Wellbeing

Kith & Kin Financial Wellbeing are 1 of the Top 100 Social Enterprises in the UK last year by NatWest.

This FREE session is aimed at HR Managers or Directors with an interest in Financial Wellbeing for their employees and will cover the following:

• How to help staff with the cost of living crisis
• Why Financial Wellbeing helps employer/employee
• The impact to company if staff have financial issues, absenteeism and relationships with colleagues
• Social Value/Corporate Social Responsibility
• How do employers implement financial wellbeing into the workplace
• How Finances & Mental Health are linked

BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

NMD BUSINESS: MARKETING MATTERS PROGRAMME

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, has launched a new business support programme focused on assisting SMEs understand how to promote their business using both digital and traditional marketing techniques.

The programme aims to help participants understand the traditional marketing landscape and the role that digital marketing and social media plays within business.

Mentors will highlight the fundamental elements of digital marketing and provide guidance on linking these to the overall marketing strategy of your business to demonstrate how to kick start and sustain growth.

The ‘Marketing Matters’ programme is open to businesses based in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, employing less than 50 staff.

REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAMME:
stephanie@fullcircle.eu.com

SRC COURSE: RETROFIT BUILDING FABRIC & SERVICES

Improve the insulation of your home and lower energy costs with this 4 day course.

To register your interest for one of the courses running over summer, complete the form via the link below.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE

VOICE FOR LOCALS: NEWRY BREAKFAST EVENT

DATE: Thursday 21st July 2022
TIME:  8am

Tim McKane has been in marketing for over 40 years, he set up the NI Business Facebook Group in 2020 and it now has close to 50,000 members, doing business, getting advice and marketing their companies.

Tim is also supporting Voice for Locals, the initiative to support local businesses, improving their understanding of customer experience and how to use data in 2022.

He will be delivering a presentation about the benefits of Voice for Locals and how to use it to grow your business using software that has only been available for large companies until now.

Tim will then show you how to activate your listing, get reviews to generate useable data and then develop your loyalty and customer engagement.

SIGN UP FOR VOICE FOR LOCALS HERE