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

New Year Statement from Emma Marmion-Mullen, President of Newry Chamber

“As a business community, we look to 2021 with a mixture of uncertainty and hope. Uncertainty about what the first few months might bring and hope that post-Easter our economy will begin to pick up as the COVID-19 vaccine programme is rolled out across the community.”

“As a business community, 2020 was a challenging year, particularly for our hospitality and retail sectors. The twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19 impacted on business confidence and investment. The renowned resilience of the business community in the Greater Newry Area was tested to the limit, but it is this resilience and unique spirit that in the long term will help rebuild our economy.”

“The NI Executive has provided financial support to help weather the storm. We need this to continue so that businesses have the stability to reopen their doors with confidence. We need the NI Executive to work with the UK Government to ensure the right financial support is in place post Easter to avoid a cliff edge for the many small businesses that will struggle to survive through the winter. When the time is right and it is safe to do so, the NI Executive through marketing and communications needs to encourage people back into our towns and cities.”

“Our young people suffered significantly from the economic impact of COVID-19. The NI Executive’s support for the Apprenticeship Scheme was welcome but in 2021 we need to continue this investment and support in our young people. As a Chamber, we will work with our schools and the education sector in 2021 to ensure our young people have the opportunities and skills to fulfil their career ambitions.”

“The UK has now left the EU and the transition period is over. It is not what our businesses wanted but, the Free Trade Deal together with the NI Protocol, should lessen the impact on our local economy.”

“Continuing government support is essential to help manage the change. Newry’s location and connectivity has contributed to the region’s growth and competitive advantage pre COVID-19. It is these advantages and our strong business base operating across, pharmaceuticals, finance/IT, construction and engineering that will help take advantage of the recovery when it begins.”

“Investment in capital infrastructure also plays a strong role in rebuilding economies and creating jobs. The exciting plans outlined in the Belfast Region City Deal and the local Council’s regeneration plans have the potential to transform our region, attracting additional investment and creating jobs. It is important that 2021 is the year that the aspiration and ambition behind these plans is converted into real progress.”

“As we look to 2021, Newry Chamber, as the leading voice for local business in the Greater Newry Area, will work hard to ensure our region is and remains a place to do business and a place to invest in.”

Emma Mullen-Marmion
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade