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


It gives me great pleasure as your new Chief Executive Officer to bring you the latest update on what is happening in Newry Chamber.

We have been working hard to secure a financial package for those local businesses impacted by the recent flooding across the Greater Newry Area and we continue to lobby on your behalf to secure much needed infrastructure investment across our city and district to ensure flood mitigations are in place going forward and that the correct infrastructure is put in place to support our ambitious growth plans over the next decade.

I am delighted to be supporting our new Chamber President, Edwina Flynn who took up the post at the AGM on 30th November. I look forward to working with Edwina over the next two years and I have no doubt she will be an excellent President.

Finally, a special word of thanks to our outgoing President, Julie Gibbons for her leadership, dedication and professionalism throughout her term, we wish Julie every continued success for the future.

In this month’s newsletter, we have included information on:

  • Edwina Flynn Elected New President of Newry Chamber
  • Newry Chamber Annual Report 2023
  • £16.2m in Funding Unlocked for Newry City Park
  • Newry Chamber Member Offers
  • New Business Support Service – Go Succeed NI Launched
  • FREE Upcoming SRC Courses in January 2024

Michael Savage
Chief Executive Officer
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade


Edwina Flynn has been elected as the new President of Newry Chamber at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 30th November at Custom House, Newry.

Edwina is the current CEO of Wood Innovations Ltd, a flooring distributor, importer and wholesaler specialising in the supply of wooden floors across the UK & Ireland.

In her acceptance speech, Edwina said:

“I am extremely honoured to be appointed as President of Newry Chamber. It is a privilege to be asked to lead the Chamber and it is a personal passion of mine.”

“I would like to thank outgoing President, Julie Gibbons for her leadership over the last two years and she has been a tremendous mentor to me during my two years as Vice President.”

“I look forward to working with our newly appointed CEO, Michael Savage and the Chamber team. There are challenging times ahead as we move towards a new year, however, I am optimistic and I promise to do my very best to represent and support our members and key stakeholders during my presidency.”



Our Annual Report 2023 & Accounts Review 2022 is now available to view by clicking on the link below.

It provides a record of the year with membership levels remaining strong at 300+ organisations, an increase in our Corporate Patrons to 38 businesses and continuing financial stability for your Chamber.

Attendees at our events was also up this year to 3,000+ with over £10,000 raised for a number of local charities and an increase in our social media followers to 20,000.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Corporate Patrons, Members, Sponsors and Partners that have supported our work throughout this year.

We will continue to represent the priorities for you, our valued members at a local, regional and national level to very best of our abilities and provide you with even more networking opportunities through our events in 2024.



We welcome the announcement that £16.2m in funding has been unlocked for Newry City Park, one of our city’s most ambitious regeneration projects.

NMDDC’s Outline Business Case (OBC) for the park has now been approved by the Department for Communities and a Contract for Funding issued, opening access to £16.2m from the Executive’s City/Growth Deal Fund.

The Council is also underwriting £2.4m to deliver the 15-acre City Park as part of Phase One of the project.

A temporary community space at the Newry City Park site is also now officially open following a recent award of £220,000 from the Department for Communities to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The funding allowed an upgrade of part of the site at Albert Basin for temporary community use while work progresses on Newry City Park which is expected to be completed by May 2027.



Mourne Dew Spirit Experience Member Offer

  • 10% Discount for Mourne Dew Gin Tour
  • On Every Weekend in Fearon’s Bar, Rostrevor
  • Can cater for parties of up to 25 people
  • 15% OFF products on the evening
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  • 15% OFF all Online Recruitment Advertising Packages
  • Offer is Valid until 31st December 2023

To advertise a job, please contact:
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Go Succeed is the brand new source for FREE business advice administered by the 11 local councils across NI.

Whether you are a budding entrepreneur just starting out, looking to grow your business or planning to scale up, the team of experts will provide tailored support and guidance to help you achieve your business goals.

Go Succeed – Start
You have a great idea but you’re not sure how to turn it into a business or you have already started out in business and require mentorship on your next steps. The Go Succeed Start experts will help you to create a business plan, seek funding and put all the foundations in place to get your business up and running.

Go Succeed – Grow
Your business is already established and is now ready to expand, but growth is slow and you’re not sure how to progress. The Go Succeed Grow experts have seen it all in just about every sector, so they will provide tailored support to help shorten the journey to business growth.

Go Succeed – Scale
Your business is ready to go to the next level locally and globally but you need guidance, support or resources to achieve your ambitions. The Go Succeed Scale industry experts will help tailor your plans to penetrate new markets, identify investment opportunities and scale up your operations.



Please see below a list of FREE courses being run by Southern Regional College in January 2024.

Level 2 – Food Safety & Hygiene

DATES:  23/01/24 – 30/01/24 (2 Weeks)
TIME:     2:30pm – 6:45pm
VENUE: SRC Newry Campus

Apply For This Course HERE

Level 3 – Supervising Food Safety & Hygiene

DATES:  15/01/24 – 26/02/24 (6 Weeks)
TIME:     5pm – 9pm
VENUE: SRC Newry Campus

Apply For This Course HERE

Level 4 – Building Modelling Using Revit

DATES:  25/01/24 – 18/04/24 (12 Weeks)
TIME:     6pm – 9pm
VENUE: SRC Newry Campus

Apply For This Course HERE