Christmas wishes from Michael Gaynor, President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce

On behalf of the Management and Staff of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce I would like to wish you and your family a happy and peaceful Christmas, and a prosperous new year!

Dundalk Chamber is here to support your business. The initiatives that the Chamber supported and promoted over the year has made a significant impact on businesses in Dundalk and the surrounding area. The Chamber launched the Shop Local Gift Voucher scheme last year to promote retail activity/employment in Dundalk and its surrounding areas. The ‘scheme’ has been a resounding success, with over €600,000 worth of vouchers sold to date.

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the local business community, and the general public who supported the Shop Local Gift Voucher Initiative, and hope you will continue to support ‘Shop Local’ in 2017. We now have over 220 businesses redeeming these vouchers, which is helping to sustain local retail employment.

As a member of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce your business plays a vital role in ensuring that we can continue to deliver a range of services to help you and your business to progress.
The following events were successfully delivered to our membership, and businesses during the year, Business Expos, Seminars and Workshops, Tourism Conference, Embassy Visits, Louth Business Awards, Breakfast Briefings, Santa Run, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and many more too numerous to mention. These events gave businesses an opportunity to network, and participate in a variety of targeted training programmes.

The Chamber Gala Dinner and Business Awards event attracted an attendance of over 600, while over 200 people attend our Budget Breakfast in October. Forty five teams participated at our annual Golf Classic held in July.

The focus of the Chamber for 2017 will be to continue the positive momentum of ‘recovery,’ The chamber’s active participation on numerous forums, and joint committees with local authorities, development agencies and neighbouring Chambers, ensures that the key business issues locally are being represented, and incorporated into the decision making processes within the region We as a chamber will continue to influence all appropriate public and private bodies, and state agencies, in order to facilitate the creation of an environment, and infrastructure within Dundalk and its environs which is conducive to the further development of business, industry and commerce.

Dundalk Chamber continues to grow its membership. We are the largest business network in Co Louth, and we have delivered in the facilitation of business net-working, through or event planning, and are providing a ‘platform’, to enable business develop and prosper within the region. Dundalk Chamber aims to be the prime representative forum for businesses in Dundalk and County Louth. We are committed to stimulating investment, sustaining economic growth, enhancing business opportunities, and representing the interests of, and for our members.

I look forward to meeting you, or your staff at some of our planned ‘events ‘during 2017. Events details will follow in the new year. Dundalk Chamber will close this Thursday the 22nd December at 5pm and will re open on Wednesday the 4th January 2017 at 9am.

Kind Regards,

Michael Gaynor
President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce