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Newry Chamber Hosts 120th Anniversary Business Lunch with Ed Balls

To celebrate its 120th Year Anniversary, Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade is delighted to announce it will host a very special Business Lunch, sponsored by firmus energy with guest of honour, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP.

This high profile event will represent the Shadow Chancellors premier speaking engagement in Northern Ireland. It will take place on Thursday, 11th October in the Canal Court Hotel.

President Cathal Austin, Newry Chamber of Commerce stated, ‘my Chamber colleagues and I are delighted to be hosting this very important event to celebrate 120 years of Newry Chamber serving the local business community’. 

‘Ed Balls is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential political figures in the UK; his commitment to speak in Newry at this event will help profile our City on a national stage and provide use with a unique opportunity to promote our vibrant business community’.

‘We eagerly look forward to hearing the Shadow Chancellor’s analysis of the UK economy, his opinion on what needs to be done to tackle the recession and to hear the Labour Party’s policies and strategies to promote economic growth.  Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor of the Irish Independent and local Newry woman will be probing Ed Balls on these topics and many more during an on stage interview at the event.  High on the agenda will be the Shadow Chancellor’s recent offer to work with Business Secretary Vince Cable into pressurising the Conservatives into adopting a Plan B to re-invigorate the economy; with such hot political topics currently in the national media this on stage interview promises to be intriguing, thought provoking and entertaining’.

‘I would like to welcome political leaders and business representatives from throughout Northern Ireland and the cross border region to attend this event.  It will provide a unique insight into national politics, the UK conomy, the corridors of power at Westminster and an excellent networking opportunity for all who attend’. 

Michael Scott, general manager of firmus energy said, ‘firmus energy is delighted to support Newry Chamber at this 120th Anniversary Business Lunch. Newry Chamber is extremely proactive and has a fantastic calendar of events for businesses in the local area. We have been involved with the Chamber since 2007, when we connected our first natural gas customer in Newry. Since then we have been actively working with local businesses and homes in the area and laid more than 60km of pipeline.  Most recently we have extended our natural gas network to Warrenpoint, bringing our investment in the Newry and Mourne area to almost £6 million. Our investment and network development in this area continues to increase and we are delighted to be the principle sponsor of this year’s Chamber lunch.” 

This Business Lunch event will take place from 12noon-2pm in the Canal Court Hotel.  Tickets are £25 each for Newry Chamber members and £35 each for non members; corporate tables can be reserved.  For further information or to reserve places at this event please contact Newry Chamber; www.newrychamber.com; info@tng1.arrowhitech.net or telephone: (028) 3025 0303.


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