Mon 9th Dec 2013
NI Chamber of Commerce and Bank of Ireland UK launch new cross-border Initiative
Above: Unwrapping cross-border opportunities. Ann McGregor MBE, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Fred Smyth, Regional Business Manager, Bank of Ireland UK, launch Connecting for Growth, a new cross-border trade initiative to encourage business between companies from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Bank of Ireland UK, today, (9 December 2013) launched Connecting for Growth, a new cross-border trade initiative designed to facilitate increased business between companies from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Connecting for Growth programme will focus on bringing together more than 250 businesses with procurement teams from large buying organisations and is open to any businesses that have an interest in developing cross-border trade opportunities.
The Programme will include three large-scale Meet the Buyer events, which will provide participants with an opportunity to make a pitch to a wide range of private sector buyers. The events will also encourage participants to network and develop links with each other through a cross-border speed networking event focused on developing useful connections and improving sales technique.
Commenting on the Programme, Ann McGregor MBE, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, said:
“Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce is delighted to partner with Bank of Ireland UK in order to deliver this exciting new business growth initiative.
“The Connecting for Growth Programme in partnership with Bank of Ireland UK will enhance the export capability of local businesses and encourage trade between companies from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
“Unlike other Meet the Buyer initiatives, Connecting for Growth is open to any business that has a product or service our buyers are interested in purchasing. There is no restriction on size, sector or support already received through the public sector. The programme is about creating sales opportunities, building networks and facilitating growth.”
Fred Smyth, Regional Business Manager at Bank of Ireland UK, said:
“Supporting economic development in Northern Ireland by facilitating and encouraging business growth is a priority for Bank of Ireland UK.
“With an extensive branch and business banking network in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we are ideally placed to support and advise businesses who want to invest and develop their operations by entering new markets.
“Among our customers we are seeing an increasing ambition to develop these new trading opportunities and they perceive cross-border trade as a means to achieve that. By partnering with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce on this new programme we believe we can help businesses of all sizes to benefit from really practical advice, networking and sales development opportunities.”
Recruitment is now open for the first Meet the Buyer event which will take place in Belfast, 12 March 2014.
For further information email Sandra Scannell, Operations & Programmes Director at NI Chamber of Commerce, at firstname.lastname@example.org