Washington DC Visit Puts Greater Newry Area On Map

Successful Washington DC Trade Visit with Newry Chamber

Newry Chamber President Edwina Flynn and CEO Michael Savage travelled to Washington DC for the St. Patrick’s Week events from 11th – 15th March.

They attended 13 major networking events during the packed Four-Day Trade Visit, promoting Chamber members, Newry City and the Greater Newry Area to potential investors and companies in the US as a destination to invest in and do business.

The Chamber Team represented its 300+ members at the InterTradeIreland 25th Anniversary Event in the Peace Building in the US Capital and were present at the 12 other events throughout the week.

Edwina Flynn, President of Newry Chamber and Michael Savage, CEO of Newry Chamber with Joe Kennedy III, Special Economic Envoy for Northern Ireland at the Northern Ireland Bureau Networking Breakfast event.

Positive engagement came against the backdrop of impressive speeches and a strong display of collaboration by First Minister, Michelle O’Neill MLA and Deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly MLA.

The Chamber Team were warmly welcomed and engaged at a personal level with over 150 key influencers and business leaders from the United States.

They presented each of them with a specially commissioned storyboard business card which outlined the region’s unique position as the new Gateway to the UK and European Markets for American companies.

The storyboard business card, which can be viewed HERE, carried a QR code linking a list of Chamber members from right across the Greater Newry Area with current or potential US links with their counterparts across the Atlantic. This directory can be viewed HERE.

Edwina Flynn President of Newry Chamber and Michael Savage, CEO of Newry Chamber with Margaret Hearty, CEO of InterTradeIreland at InterTradeIreland 25th Anniversary Networking Event in Washington DC.

Many of the events were attended by US Special Economic Envoy for NI, Joe Kennedy III who had several conversations with the Chamber Team who stressed the need for our City and wider region to be the third spoke on the NI/US Investment wheel.

He stressed how the South Down location puts the Newry area in a prime position to take advantage of the opportunities flowing from the Windsor Framework and the Command Paper.

The events the Newry Chamber Team attended included:

  • Federation of Small Business Roundtable Event
  • Women in Business NI Vital Voices Event
  • Queen’s University ‘Building Peace & Economic Opportunity’ Event on Capitol Hill
  • Queen’s University Business Networking Dinner
  • Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC) Washington Networking Dinner
  • InterTradeIreland 25th Anniversary Networking Event
  • The Ireland Funds Washington Networking Gala
  • Northern Ireland Bureau Networking Breakfast Event
  • Trade NI Business & Economic Reception
  • Executive Reception hosted by Special Economic Envoy for NI, Joe Kennedy III
  • The Irish Embassy St. Patrick’s Networking Reception
  • The British Embassy Washington St. Patrick’s Networking Breakfast Event
  • American Chamber Ireland St. Patrick’s Networking Breakfast Event.
Michael Savage, CEO of Newry Chamber and Edwina Flynn, President of Newry Chamber with Conor Murphy MLA, Minister for the Economy at the Trade NI Business & Economic Reception in Washington DC.

Reflecting on a busy four days of networking, Edwina Flynn, President of Newry Chamber said: “The reception the Newry Chamber Team received in Washington DC was amazing and we made a real connection with the business and political leaders in the US Capital.

“Our message was clear… Newry is open for business and we are uniquely placed as the gateway to both the UK and European Markets given our location on the northern side of the border.

“Our promotional material was well received and we made our mark on what was a positive week for Northern Ireland in the United States.”

Michael Savage, CEO of Newry Chamber added: “While the few days were filled with hectic engagement, we made a lot of excellent contacts all of whom were extremely positive towards the Newry narrative.

“Now that we have contacts developed, the Chamber will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that real economic dividends start to flow for this area.

“We want to see that Newry is established as a great place to do business in the hearts and minds of US investors and business and political leaders.”