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Sean O’Connor, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, STATSports, delivered the keynote address at this year’s Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade’s, Annual President’s Gala Banquet. 

Sean O’Connor STATSports with Emma Marmion, Vice President Chamber of Commerce and The President of the Chamber, Paul Convery.
Sean O’Connor STATSports with Emma Marmion, Vice President Chamber of Commerce and President of the Chamber, Paul Convery.

This year’s Banquet focused on the unique legacy being built in the city by companies like STATSports and the combined energy of the many local and global companies building an economic legacy for the region’s young people.

President, Paul Convery with Julie Clydesdale , Space – NI.
President, Paul Convery with Julie Clydesdale , Space – NI.

The Banquet, held in the Canal Court Hotel & Spa, was attended by more than 250 business and focused on the theme of Newry, A City for the Future 

In his final speech before completing his two-year term as President of the Chamber, President Paul Convery said “As I reflect on my two years as President, it is our Chamber programmes that have built a strong connection between business and education which I have really seen develop and grow.  If we are to fulfil our theme for this evening, Newry A City for Our Future, we must continue this momentum to provide a city for our young people. 

Mark Crimmins. Head of Ulster Bank NI.
Mark Crimmins. Head of Ulster Bank NI.

“I am delighted to see that there are now numerous companies in the Greater Newry region who are building a legacy that will allow our children to deliver on their career ambitions not in Boston or Liverpool but right here.

“Companies like STATSports and the many successful businesses, large and small represented here tonight that are building a legacy for our young people.”

In an inspirational keynote address to local business leaders, Sean O’Connor, Co- Founder of STATSports, set out how two entrepreneurs took an idea and scaled it into a highly successful business.

MC for the evening, former broadcaster and journalist, Stephen Grimason with Sean O’Connor
MC for the evening, former broadcaster and journalist, Stephen Grimason with Sean O’Connor

His story was a real example of if you have the idea, the passion and the commitment to deliver, you can access the world’s markets from right here in Newry.

From small beginnings, StatsSports is now the leading provider of GPS player tracking and analysis solutions to the World’s leading sports franchises. From Man City and Juventus to many of the top teams in the recent Rugby World Cup, they are a truly global business operating from the heart of Newry. 

Local man, Mark Crimmins, who is now the Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland also spoke to local businesses, stressing the strong partnership between the Ulster Bank and local businesses.

The music was performed on the evening by Marty Rafferty from the Marty Rafferty Music School.
The music was performed on the evening by Marty Rafferty from the Marty Rafferty Music School.

Just over £2,700 was raised at the banquet for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the Southern Area Hospice Services.

Sponsors for the evening were the Canal Court Hotel & Spa and The Ulster Bank.

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