Building The Cross-Border Economy Post-Brexit

The challenges of building the cross-border economy post Brexit was the focus of a major cross-border conference, jointly hosted this week by Dundalk Chamber and Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade.

The major conference focused on the impact of the future trading relationship for the border region post-Brexit and provided a range of practical advice and support for border businesses.

The conference included a Keynote Address from Oliver Mangan, Chief Economist at AIB, who set out an Economic Outlook for Ireland and Northern Ireland, and what a future EU/UK Trade Deal will mean for businesses. Given the current issues for businesses around Corona Virus, he also provided an assessment of the potential impact on economic growth.

Speaking after the conference, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Emma Marmion said: “We were delighted to welcome so many local businesses to the conference. This is our 3rd Annual Conference with Dundalk Chamber and the level of attendance demonstrated the strength of cooperation that exists in the border region. The Newry – Dundalk Border region is a key economic region and makes a significant contribution to the All Island Economy.”

Highlighting the importance of the conference to border businesses, President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Pat McCormick said: “This was a valuable opportunity for our businesses to understand what they need to plan for once the transition period ends in December. We operate in a thriving economic zone and it was important that local businesses were able to hear at first hand the support that is available to help their business grow.”

The conference included a range of presentations from specialist business advisers including Intertrade Ireland and Skillnet. Copies of the presentations are available from Brenda in Dundalk Chamber of Commerce by emailing her to or call 042 9336343

The conference was supported by IntertradeIreland, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Louth County Council, Local Enterprise Office Louth, Dundalk Chamber Skillnet and the MI Corridor Project.