Local businesses across the North West are being offered the opportunity to become part of a cross-border trade delegation trip to Boston scheduled for November.
Expressions of interest are now being sought for the 2017 Trade and Investment Mission to Boston for any local companies with aspirations to break into the US market. The trip is being jointly organised by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey said “The trade mission offers unique opportunities for local businesses to engage with key economic and government decision makers, as well as market professionals”.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the trip offered a major opportunity for businesses in the North West. “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,” she declared.
About the trip
Twelve companies in total will be included in the delegation sourced from both the Donegal County Council and Derry and Strabane areas. They will be accompanied by the Mayors and Chief Executives of both Councils and key partners. A number of business sectors have been identified as priority areas for this trip, to include companies involved in Creative Digital Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials and Engineering (AMME) and Life and Health Sciences.
This will be the second Trade and Investment Mission led by the councils to this region and will endeavour to nurture and develop existing relationships with key economic, business, political and civic connections in the Boston Massachusetts area which have been progressing since 2008.
Potential delegates will receive support throughout the trip and will have the chance to participate in a pre-mission assistance programme, as well as post-trip follow up support. A financial support package towards flights and hotel accommodation is available (50% contribution towards flights and up to £100 per night hotel accommodation) and companies will benefit from extensive local media coverage to heighten their presence in the market.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the 2017 Trade and Investment Mission to Boston should contact:
- Michael Tunney Donegal Local Enterprise Office: firstname.lastname@example.org 074 91 60735
- Rosalind Young / Adam Goodall at Derry City and Strabane District Council: email@example.com 048 71 253253.