Businesses in Derry and Donegal invited to apply for cross-border trade mission to Boston

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  • Businesses across Counties Donegal and Derry are being invited to apply for a place on an upcoming cross-border to Boston, which is scheduled for November 2017.

    The Trade and Investment Mission to Boston, which will be jointly organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council, seeks to support businesses across the North West of Ireland that are considering international expansion, by helping them establish business relationships with suppliers, counterparts and prospective customers in the USA.

    Alderman Hilary McClintock, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, said: “I would really encourage any up and coming ventures, or existing companies with plans for expansion, to consider the benefits of establishing trade links with the US.

    “I travelled to Boston last year as part of a similar delegation and I was extremely impressed by the networking opportunities included in the itinerary. We received an extremely warm welcome during the visit and the participating delegates had the opportunity to establish meaningful and fruitful links with business counterparts in Boston. 

    “The NW region’s relationship with the US is a vital factor in our long-term strategy for economic growth and as a council we are committed to strengthening those existing relationships and identifying new opportunities for partnership and investment.”

    Councillor Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, added: “The trade mission offers some unique opportunities for local businesses to engage with key economic and government decision makers, as well as market professionals. 

    “It’s a great chance to gain some valuable market insight and establish lasting connections through business to business meetings with potential partners, agents and distributors. Those personal connections can prove invaluable when trying to stand out in an increasingly competitive business arena.” 

    A total of twelve companies will be chosen to join the trade delegation, with priority given to businesses in the technology, life and health sciences, advanced manufacturing, and materials and engineering sectors. Delegates will be offered a financial support package for the trade mission, which will cover 50% of the cost of flights and up to £100 per night for hotel accommodation. 

    Startups and SMEs in the North West of Ireland can find out more about the Trade and Investment Mission to Boston by contacting:

    Rosalind Young or Adam Goodall  
    Derry City and Strabane District Council
    02871 253253

    Michael Tunney 
    Donegal Local Enterprise Office 

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