Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Initiative offers new export connections across Europe

Revving up for the Italian Connection is Sandra Beattie (left), Trade Development Manager of NI Chamber of Commerce, with a helping hand from Leo D’Agostino, Northern Ireland’s Honorary Consul to Italy. Time is running out for local businesses to take part in the Chamber Connections market visit to Italy next month, with key sector opportunities including clothing, footwear and fashion, construction and infrastructure, creative and media, energy; environment; food and drink, healthcare, ICT and security. Find out more from the NI Chamber of Commerce on 028 9024 4113

Northern Ireland’s businesses have been urged to take part in a new initiative that offers trade mission visits to Italy and Turkey.











The NI Chamber of Commerce is organising the trips to help local companies develop their export opportunities under the Chamber Connections programme.

Applications are now being accepted from local companies interested in exporting to Italy to join a three-day visit there on October 26-28.

Sandra Beattie, trade development manager with the NI Chamber of Commerce, said: “The general principle of Chamber Connections is to deliver mini-trade missions which encourage Northern Irish businesses to explore other markets in a less structured environment.

“Participants in the programme will be offered assistance with identifying potential opportunities and there will be plenty of networking engagements with other in-market chamber member organisations.”

“Access to other chambers of commerce across the world is one of the many benefits the NI Chamber can provide its members.”

The event is being arranged in conjunction with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK and coincides with the 18th Italian Chambers Abroad World Convention.

A further market visit, to Turkey, has been arranged for November 16-19 in conjunction with the Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce.

The ‘Chamber Connections’ scheme is part-funded by Invest NI under the Passport to Export programme.