Mrs Deborah Loughran was elected as President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 17th October in the Bellini’s, Newry.
The election of the Office Bearers and Executive Committee was presided over by Mr Art Magennis MBE. Mr Declan McChesney, Mr Michael McKeown, Mr Peter Conway and Mr Aidan Malone, were elected for the following positions respectively, First Vice President; Second Vice President; Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer.
In her acceptance speech, President Deborah Loughran stated, ‘it is an honour and privilege to be elected as President of such a dynamic, pro-active and highly respected strategic lobbying and networking organisation’.
‘The next 12 months will have a significant long term bearing on the Greater Newry Area. Newry Chamber will do all that it can to help local businesses to grow and prosper’.
‘Newry Chamber seeks to represent the interests of its members and the wider community at a local, regional and national Government level. As we emerge from a long and difficult recession the economic climate remains challenging for many local businesses; it is imperative for local businesses to have a strong pro-active Chamber fighting for their interests and those of the Greater Newry area. Newry Chamber has been the voice of the local business community since 1892. I, along with the newly elected team of Office Bearers and Chamber Executive Committee will strive to continue the good work of our forbearers over the next 12 months and beyond’.
President Deborah Loughran added, ‘Newry Chamber will continue to support its members and provide value added services to all. We have an exciting calendar of networking events planned for the next 12 months catered to meet the needs of members providing important business information, advice and networking opportunities. Chamber Officials led by Chief Executive, Orla Jackson, will continue to work in partnership with other organisations to provide members with services and resources which will help their businesses to grow and flourish’.
President Deborah Loughran thanked the outgoing President,Cathal Austinfor all the hard work, dedication and commitment he gave to the Chamber during his time in office.
President Deborah Loughran, thanked the Executive members and office staff for their continued support and stated that she looked forward to a busy year ahead at the helm of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade’.