New Ireland trade initiative launched

A new trade initiative has been launched by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of Ireland UK.

'Connecting for Growth' aims to increase business ties between more than 250 companies from Northern and the Republic of Ireland.

The Connecting for Growth programme is open to businesses interested in developing cross-border relationships and will:

  • bring businesses together with procurement teams from large buying organisations
  • feature three Meet the Buyer events where companies can pitch to a number of private-sector investors
  • facilitate networking and promote the development of business relationships between companies north and south of the border.

The first Meet the Buyer event will take place on 12 February 2014 Belfast.

Chief executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Ann McGregor 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."