Local firms encouraged to seize opportunities in Glasgow

Glasgow NI Chamber

Glasgow NI Chamber

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), in partnership with Ulster Bank, is inviting businesses to join a near market trade visit to Glasgow later this summer.

Up to twenty places are available for the visit organised by NI Chamber and Ulster Bank as part of their series of near market trade visits, designed to help local firms exploit the opportunities in larger cities in Great Britain.

Taking place from 30-31 August 2018, the Glasgow itinerary includes tailored briefings and introductions from organisations such as Wheatley Group, Brookfield Multiplex and BAE Systems. In addition, networking with members of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will allow local firms to build constructive business relationships.

Commenting on the near market trade visit, Sandra Scannell, Head of Business Services at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Following two very successful near market trade visits in 2017 to London and Birmingham, NI Chamber is delighted to be working with Ulster Bank to continue the series in 2018 and help local firms extend their networks and exploit opportunities in larger cities.

“For many companies GB represents the first step to doing business outside Northern Ireland. Glasgow is a great introduction for businesses who want to export, and is a market where NI Chamber has an extensive and established network via the British Chambers of Commerce and member companies who already have a presence there.

“As the largest city region in Scotland, Glasgow boasts an established economic strategy which has at its heart a £1.13 billion City Deal.  This will fund major infrastructure projects; create thousands of new jobs and assist many unemployed people back to work; improve public transport and connectivity; drive business innovation and growth and generate billions of pounds of private sector investment.  There is no better time to visit this vibrant city.”

Nigel Walsh, Director, Commercial Banking at Ulster Bank, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this initiative and to play our part in supporting local businesses to develop the knowledge, networks and confidence to expand. As a bank, our aim is to provide meaningful help to Northern Ireland’s exporters and those businesses that are looking to scale-up through sustainable growth, working with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an excellent way for us to do that.”

The near market trade visit is one of eight elements that form part of NI Chamber’s ‘Learn Grow Excel’ initiative – a dynamic and powerful suite of business support initiatives led and resourced by the private sector.

Supported by its SME Partner Power NI, NI Chamber’s range of services recognises the commitment from the private sector to assist local companies to scale-up and maximise business growth and export opportunities.

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