Cross border Meet The Buyer Event Assists New Business Opportunities for SMEs in Louth Event Co-hosted by Dundalk Chamber
Brian Morgan, Morgan McManus Solicitors, Oonagh O’Reilly, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Michael Farrell, FPM Accountants, Paul Bond, Brix Workwear, Leslie Walker, Bank of Ireland at the cross border seminar which was part of the Gateways to Growth Meet the Buyer event in Monaghan last week.
Gateways to Growth is a collaborative cross border project involving large scale Meet the Buyer events and skills development workshops targeted at SMEs keen to develop cross border trade. At the recent large scale Meet the Buyer event which took place in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, over 150 SME businesses had the opportunity to pitch their business to 31 private sector buyers and explore the potential to do business.
The programme is delivered by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the COMET Councils in Northern Ireland, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and is supported by the European ’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
This event was the final in a series of events and workshops delivered by the initiative which has assisted almost 300 businesses from across the border counties including Louth and Northern Ireland to develop cross border trading opportunities.
Businesses attending the event were provided with an opportunity to make a pitch to a wide range of private sector buyers, encouraged to network and develop links with each other through structured networking sessions and received valuable exporting advice from guest speakers, Morgan McManus Solicitors, FPM Accountants, Bank of Ireland and local business Brix Workwear.
Sean McDermott, Director, Loughtec attending the event as a supplier, commented, “What an excellent event. It has opened a couple of doors for us that I never thought would be possible.”
Andrew McCormick, Buyer with Tayto Group NI said the event was remarkable and a great opportunity for everyone involved. “This event was so well organised and managed and we look forward to doing business with some of the contacts we made .”
The buyers facilitated over 800 meetings at the event and included IBM, Belfast International Airport, Bose, Bombardier, Fujitsu, Seagate, Belfast International Airport, Greiner Packaging, Lagan Construction Group, H& J Martin, Smiley Monroe, John Sisk & Sons, 4 Beauty Group, Banner Business Services, Tayto Group NI, Glanbia, Irish Shopper.ie, Anord Control Systems, FPM Accountants, ABB, TSM Control Systems, Grant Engineering, Matthews.ie, Marshes Shopping Centre, Prometric, Coca Cola (CPS), Eastern Electric, McArdle Skeath, Smiley Monroe, Pramerica and Aramark, Hillgrove Hotel.
Melanie Fitzpatrick, Project Manager with Dundalk Chamber, commented that “The atmosphere was electric and there was certainly a mood to do business. The ultimate aim of the project has been to encourage companies to supply, buy and network and to develop cross border connections. With over 800 meetings facilitated at the event businesses have certainly been developing their cross border connections. ”
Further information on the Gateways to Growth programme can be found at www.gatewaystogrowth.co.uk