Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are hosting a Cross Border Conference to help prepare businesses for the impact of Brexit,  on Wednesday 7 February at the Carrickdale Hotel, Carrickarnan. The conference will be attended by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Chairperson of the Enterprise,Regeneration and Tourism Committee Pete Byrne has said that the conference will be aimed at preparing businesses for the impact of Brexit focusing on the A1-M1 corridor.

Cllr Pete Byrne outside the Carrickdale Hotel, venue of February's Brexit  conference
Cllr Pete Byrne outside the Carrickdale Hotel, venue of February's Brexit conference

Byrne said, ‘Since Brexit became a reality in June 2016, our Council has been proactive in helping to prepare this region for the impact of the referendum result. Last year we joined 11 Council Areas that lie along the border to deliver a collaborative document ‘Brexit and the Border Corridor’ to the heart of Europe. It highlighted the risks, opportunities and issues we need to consider following Brexit and specifically went into detail on how businesses would be impacted. This conference is aimed at preparing businesses particularly those along the A1-M1 corridor for what lies ahead.’

‘According to the largest survey of businesses across the island, InterTradeIreland’s Business Monitor, less than 1 in 20 firms have made any plans to deal with Brexit. Evidence shows that the impact of Brexit will fall disproportionately on the Border Region and within that on a number of sectors such as SMEs which are predominant along the Border corridor. That is why it’s important that businesses are able to prepare for Brexit, including getting advice on tariffs and new customs arrangements if these come into place.’

‘This conference is another collaborative effort between Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Louth County Council working in association with InterTradeIreland, Local Enterprise Office and the Newry and Dundalk Chambers.

A full agenda for the conference is currently being devised and finalised between all partner organisations and further information will be announced in due course. To register your interest in attending visit www.eventbrite.co.uk 

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