Monday 22 July 2019

Chamber reflects on a busy year

Margaret Roddy

The success of the Shop Local gift voucher scheme was highlighted at Dundalk Chamber of Commerce's AGM last week.

Chamber President Pat McCormick told the meeting that he delighted with the initiatives undertaken by Dundalk Chamber, particularly the Shop Local Gift Vouchers which has reached sales of over €2 million since launching. He added that the Chamber hope to sell over €800,000 in the Shop Local gift vouchers again this Christmas, giving local shops and services a much needed boost by keeping money in the economy.

Dundalk Chamber was successful in its application to Skillnets and has appointed a new Skillnet Manager, Aidan Callan who is providing training to local companies.

The Chamber hosted many Brexit events over the past year, including a conference and a number of breakfast briefings.

Chamber Public Relations Officer, Paddy Malone has briefed a number of embassies, parliamentary delegations from EU countries and Switzerland on the challenges posed by Brexit.

Paddy briefed both national and international press on the practical problems facing everyone on the island of Ireland but in particular the border region.

Pat stated that the Chamber is working tirelessly on behalf of its membership by promoting Dundalk as a great place to do businessand the newly appointed officers will continue this valuable work into the future.

In that regard the work undertaken by Rodd Bond, Paddy Malone and Pat McCormick deserves special recognition.

This work, over many years culminated in a joint Dundalk Drogheda Chambers together with Oriel Hub and The Mill in the M1 corridor initiative.

The M1 corridor stretching from Drogheda in the South to Newry in the North is designated a special area under the National Development Plan 2040. The designation of the area will enhance Dundalk's ability to attract new business.

Pat thanked WuXi Biologics Ltd and Brendan McGrath for coming on board as their major sponsor and he said that he looked forward to a long and fruitful relationship for both organisations.

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