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Major Cross-Border Trade Conference Launches

A major Cross Border Trade Conference, jointly hosted by Newry and Dundalk Chambers and with sponsors including InterTradeIreland, has been launched for 2023.  It will be held on Wednesday 8th March (9am to 1pm) at the Carrickdale Hotel and will focus on future business opportunities.  It is free to attend.

Case studies will demonstrate how businesses, both North and South, have overcome significant challenges, using the supports available to navigate the changes in trade flows and identify opportunities for growth. Public Sector bodies from both sides of the border will set out their priorities for the region.

Speaking at the launch of the conference, Julie Gibbons, President of Newry Chamber said:

“The continued growth in cross-border trade, demonstrates the strong collaboration between business in NI and RoI. For businesses interested in trading cross-border, this is a must attend conference. It is an exciting time for the Newry/ Dundalk regions particularly, as we are set to benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of investment through a number of initiatives including the Belfast Region City Deal, Peace Plus funding and Shared Island Fund Projects.

Paddy Malone, Public Relations Officer of Dundalk Chamber said:

“Our objective is to demonstrate the strength of cooperation that exists within the border economy.  Businesses need to plan ahead. The conference programme includes a number of key specialists who will provide practical advice and support for border businesses. This region is well set to develop given the priority afforded to it from the 2040 Plan, M1 Corridor and the Shared Island initiatives of the Government.”

Margaret Hearty, CEO of InterTradeIreland said:

“InterTradeIreland is delighted to continue to sponsor the Newry and Dundalk Chamber’s annual cross-border conference. This year’s event which focuses on future opportunities in the cross-border economy will provide valuable insights, advice and guidance to businesses who are keen to grow.

“Against a backdrop of local and global uncertainty, at InterTradeIreland we’re supporting businesses to accelerate their export growth potential through our dedicated suite of Trade and Innovation programmes. This includes connecting them to an island wide network of partners and academics to broaden and deepen their enterprise innovation and capability, as well as tapping into opportunities available in emerging areas such as the circular economy, advanced manufacturing and transitioning to a low carbon economy. .”

The conference is also supported by Louth County Council, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Louth Local Enterprise Office and Skillsnet.

Other confirmed speakers include representatives from DKIT, Enterprise Ireland, AIB, Trinity College, DELI-LITES Ireland and Kaseya.

MC for the conference will be Broadcaster & Journalist, Mark Simpson.

The conference is FREE to attend but please register in advance at


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