Chamber News

  • Speech by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., 60th President’s Dinner

    Speech by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., 60th President’s Dinner

    Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.Thank you, George for the very kind introduction and the invitation to be with you this evening.It is an honour to be here for the 60th Annual President’s Dinner, although I know that the...

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  • TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR ANNOUNCED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR LONDONDERRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 60TH ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S DINNER

    TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR ANNOUNCED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR LONDONDERRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 60TH ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S DINNER

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has announced that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD will be its guest of honour at the upcoming 60th annual President’s Dinner.The prestigious event is sponsored this year by Foyle Port and will take place on 13th ...

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  • Foyle Port Announces Record Operating Profit

    Foyle Port Announces Record Operating Profit

    Foyle Port has announced a record operating profit of £2.2million generated from a turnover of £8.6 million for the 2016/2017 period.  The figures, published at its Annual General Meeting, shows that the operating profit uplift represents a 50% increase on...

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  • EURES Cross Border Employer Tax Incentives

    EURES Cross Border Employer Tax Incentives

    The Londonderry Chamber, in association with EURES Cross Border Partnership, hosted a lunch time Business Seminar on Employment Incentives and support available for SME’s in the Cross Border Region. The event, held at the An Grianan Hotel on 17th August was a great...

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  • Londonderry Chamber Express Condolences to the Family of Frank Lawrence

    Londonderry Chamber Express Condolences to the Family of Frank Lawrence

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce would like to expresstheir sincere condolences to the family of Frank Lawrence, who sadly passedaway this week. Frank and his late wife Bridie were leading figures in thecity’s business community for many years.ChamberPresident George Fleming...

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  • Celebrating 20 Years of Success at MPA Recruitment

    Celebrating 20 Years of Success at MPA Recruitment

    Mary Pat O’Kane (Owner) and Paul McQue (Managing Director) together withtheir staff, clients, colleagues and friends celebrated 20 years of continuous growth at MPA Recruitment witha party at The Beech Hill Country House Hotel.MPA has 5 offices: Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Coleraine,...

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  • Only company in the North West to achieve accreditation with the prestigious UKAS

    LocalCompany iAssessor Ltd achieved UKAS accreditation for ISO 9001 and 14001Management System Certification in June of this Year.iAssessorLtd is the only company in the North West to achieve accreditation with theprestigious UKAS organisation for management system certification.  UKAS is the...

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  • Second Round of Arts and Culture Strategy workshop

    Second Round of Arts and Culture Strategy workshop

    Derry City and Strabane District Council will this week begin asecond round of Arts and Culture Strategy workshops to allow interested partiesto have an input in shaping the region’s arts and culture strategy for the nextfive years.Over the next three...

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  • Events List Outlined

    Events List Outlined

    At the chamber we have been working hard for the last few weeks putting together an exciting schedule of events for our members and business community in the second half of the year.  We have secured dates for our flagship...

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  • 2017 John Mulholland Ulster Rally launched in Derry~Londonderry

    2017 John Mulholland Ulster Rally launched in Derry~Londonderry

    A host of Rally stars joined organisers and special guests at the  Guildhall Square, yesterday, for the launch of the 2017 John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. Returning to the City for the second year promises both competitors and race fans an action...

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  • City Deal Hint Welcomed

    City Deal Hint Welcomed

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the additional money promised for Northern Ireland and inparticular the prospect of a 'City Deal' for Derry City and Strabane.Chamber chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:"A City Deal for the Derry City and Strabane...

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  • ALL COUNCIL COLLABORATION ON NEW NI-WIDE BUSINESS START UP PROGRAMME

    ALL COUNCIL COLLABORATION ON NEW NI-WIDE BUSINESS START UP PROGRAMME

    Local Northern Ireland councils have embraced the transfer of economic development powers from central government which included the transfer of responsibility for the NI Business Start Up Programme (NIBSUP), formerly managed by Invest NI.Over recent years the well-known ‘Go for...

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  • CONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY CREATIVITY

    CONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY CREATIVITY

    Construction firm callson the creativity of local primary school to make their site a work of artEHA Group, headquartered at Campsie Business Park have partnered with Harryville Primary school, Ballymena to enter the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition launched by the...

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  • General election

    General election

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has congratulated the successful General Election candidates in the North West and urged politicians to make urgent progress in negotiating the best possible outcome in Brexit negotiations.Chamber chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:“The Chamber congratulates the...

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  • Translink Consultation on Proposed Service Changes 2017

    Translink Consultation on Proposed Service Changes 2017

    Translink are planning to make changes to Ulsterbus Foyle City Bus Services as part of their drive to provide high quality local bus services. You can have your say in these changes by helping them to find out about how...

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  • Qubism squares up to Boston market

    Qubism squares up to Boston market

    Local businesses hoping to break into the US market are being encouraged to sign up for a special trade mission to Boston Massachusetts, which is being led by Derry City and Strabane District Council working in partnership with Donegal County...

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  • Allstate Marks 5 Years Volunteering with Young Enterprise

    Allstate Marks 5 Years Volunteering with Young Enterprise

    Allstate is marking five years of providing volunteersupport for the charity’s business education programmes in the North West. Since2012, employees from the software development company have given their time toprovide hands-on guidance and mentoring to students taking part in YoungEnterprise.This...

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  • Brendan Duddy

    Brendan Duddy

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has paid tribute to leading Derry business figure Brendan Duddy, who died last Friday.Chamber President George Fleming said:“Brendan Duddy was an inspirational leader of the city of Derry, both in terms of his role in...

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  • A6 progress ‘is excellent news’

    A6 progress ‘is excellent news’

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement that further progress is to be made on improving the Derry/Belfast road, the A6.  The Department for Infrastructure has decided to work on additional sections of the road improvement scheme, despite...

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  • Council announces Boston trade opportunity for local businesses

    Council announces Boston trade opportunity for local businesses

    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...

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  • Introducing Scattr

    Introducing Scattr

    When we moved into our offices in Bishop Street we opened an Entrepreneurial Hub space above our offices with the hope of encouraging some Entrepreneurs and offering them a helping hand.The Scattr team, all aged between 21 and 24 are...

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  • North West Business Awards Shortlist Announced

    North West Business Awards Shortlist Announced

    This year’s Business Awards, have had an amazing response, the standard was extremely high and the selection process difficult. But, we got there and The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, together with CCI and our Sponsors Bank of Ireland UK are...

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  • BUSINESS AND CIVIC SOCIETY MAKE URGENT APPEAL TO LOCAL POLITICIANS

    BUSINESS AND CIVIC SOCIETY MAKE URGENT APPEAL TO LOCAL POLITICIANS

    During the month of April nineteen years ago, people across Northern Ireland were presented with an amazing agreement which would deliver a path for peace and prosperity in the years ahead. That Agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum one...

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  • Triggering of Article 50

    Triggering of Article 50

    It is essential that Northern Ireland’s political leaders get back to work to agree a common position on Brexit, says the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.  Responding to the triggering of Article 50, the Chamber said that Brexit represents the biggest...

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  • Expression of Condolences to the McGuinness Family

    Expression of Condolences to the McGuinness Family

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has expressed its condolences to the family and friends of the former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Derry MLA Martin McGuinness following his sad death.  Martin McGuinness spoke at many Chamber of Commerce...

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  • Chamber CE Sinead McLaughlin invited to Downing Street

    Chamber CE Sinead McLaughlin invited to Downing Street

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sinead McLaughlin was a guest at a private reception at 10 Downing Street last Wednesday, 8 March, to mark International Women's Day.Sinead McLaughlin said: "Attending the event at 10 Downing Street gave me the...

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  • Business and Civic Society Call for Compromise and Mutual Respect

    The system of devolved government for Northern Ireland was established in 1998 by the referendum vote on the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The electorate turnout was one of the highest on record at 80.7 per cent; 71.12% voting in favour of...

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  • Ulster University

    Ulster University

    Ulster University launches new Legal Innovation CentreUlster University today launched a new Legal Innovation Centre, which will be at the forefront of advancing the use of technology-driven innovation in legal services and legal education globally. The Centre, a collaboration between the...

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  • Councils Joint Report on Opportunities and Challenges Post Brexit

    Councils Joint Report on Opportunities and Challenges Post Brexit

    Councilspublish joint report exploring challenges and opportunities of BrexitDerry City andStrabane District Council in conjunction with Donegal County Council haspublished a research document on the potential impact of Brexit on the NorthWest City Region.The reportentitled: “Initial Analysis of the Challenges...

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  • North West Business Awards Launched

    North West Business Awards Launched

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and City Centre Initiative in association with our principal sponsor Bank of Ireland UK are excited to announce the return of the North West Business Awards.The North West Business Awards are the premier accolade for firms...

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  • MAYOR HOSTS RECEPTION FOR BEST RESTAURANT IN ULSTER

    MAYOR HOSTS RECEPTION FOR BEST RESTAURANT IN ULSTER

    The Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, has hosted a civic reception for Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge to celebrate their prestigious award of being named ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’ by Restaurants Association of Ireland for...

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  • Marble Hill Secures Contract In Kuwait

    Marble Hill Secures Contract In Kuwait

    One of the Chambers newest members, Marble Hill Skincare have landed a lucrative contract supplying leading Kuwaiti business Warba National Medical & Scientific Product Center Co.  Warba serves the Health Care & Research Sector in Kuwait with World Class High...

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  • Response to Theresa May's Brexit Speech

    Response to Theresa May's Brexit Speech

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern over the future of the Irish border, following the speech by Theresa May on Brexit.Chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:“It is a relief that the Prime Minister has provided some outline on the...

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  • Invest NI Resource and Energy Efficiency Seminar

    Resource and Energy Efficiency seminar22nd February, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm, The GuildhallMake your business more competitive by reducing costs on energy and resourcesIn the last 3 years, Invest NI’s Energy and Resource Efficiency team has helped companies in Northern...

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  • Bank of Ireland's Trinity International Growth Programme

    Attention all Businesses in the North West – Bank of Ireland is seeking Businesses to apply to the 2017 Trinity International Growth Programme Are you or do you know a Business looking to grow beyond the Northern Ireland market?Are you...

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  • Innovation Vouchers

    Innovation Vouchers

    Ulster University, to date has completed over 500 projects for businesses who have taken advantage of the innovation voucher scheme.  An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert to help businesses innovate,...

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  • Entrepreneurship Week at St. Marys College

    Entrepreneurship Week at St. Marys College

    St. Mary’s College are nurturing a whole new generation of Entrepreneurs through our Annual  Entrepreneurship Week where a host of well established entrepreneurs came into the classroom to inspire and enlighten pupils about how they turned their passions into profit....

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  • Ireland North West delegation showcase talent and skills to Boston businesses

    Ireland North West delegation showcase talent and skills to Boston businesses

    Ireland North West delegation showcase talentand skills to Boston businesses A delegation from Ireland North West told apacked conference room of Boston business people that they are ready to dobusiness with them thanks to our local talent and skills base, our...

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  • MBA Breakfast Briefing

    Ulster University Business School is hosting an MBA Breakfast Briefing this Thursday morning at 8.30a.m.  Join us at our Magee campus where you will get the opportunity to find out more about how the Executive MBA focuses on developing your...

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  • Workplace Diversity Workshop was a 'Wonderful Event'

    Workplace Diversity Workshop was a 'Wonderful Event'

    The Rainbow Project Diversity Champions hosted a Workplace Identity and Diversity seminar in Londonderry, alongside Allstate Northern Ireland and the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.Aimed at local businesses, the seminar tackled LGB&/T Identity and workplace diversity, taking place at the Derry...

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  • St.Cecilia's College Awarded Gold Status

    St.Cecilia's College Awarded Gold Status

    In June St. Cecilia's College was awarded Gold Status from Investors in People, putting the school in the top 3% for world class business performance through its people. The award was given following a comprehensive audit by Investor in People assessors...

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  • Welcome for rail station

    Welcome for rail station

    Londonderry Chamber of CommerceWelcome for rail stationThe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has warmly welcomed the decision to repurchase and reopen the old Waterside rail station.Chamber President Gavin Killeen said:“It is great news that the wonderful historic Waterside rail station will...

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  • What Brexit means

    What Brexit means

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast seminar on Tuesday 4th October that will address the key issues facing businesses in the North West following the Brexit vote.  Businesses situated in the Irish border region will be among...

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  • Chamber of Commerce announces strategic partnership with SONI

    Chamber of Commerce announces strategic partnership with SONI

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland) is taking on the role of the Chamber’s strategic business partner.SONI runs and develops the high voltage electricity grid and one of the company’s...

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  • City of Derry Airport remains essential

    City of Derry Airport remains essential

    Sinead McLaughlin, Chief Executive of the Chamber, said:“The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce regrets the decision of Ryanair to reduce services from City of Derry Airport (CoDA) in the Summer 2017 season, in particular its ending of the service to London...

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  • Nick Hewer to address North West Businesses

    Nick Hewer to address North West Businesses

    The Derry Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SONI will hold their 59th President’s Annual Dinner on the 21st October’16 at 7:00pm in the Best Western White Horse Hotel. The Chamber dinner in Derry is renowned as the premier business...

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  • Joint Statement by NI Business Representative Organisations.

    Joint Statement by NI Business Representative Organisations.

    Jointly signed by:CBI NI, Business in the Community, Catalyst Inc, Hospitality Ulster, Institute of Directors, Manufacturing NI, NI Food & Drink, NI Hotel Federation, Northern Ireland Retail Trade Association, Newry Chamber of Commerce and Londonderry Chamber of CommerceMoving on from...

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  • Chamber thanks infrastructure minister for roads commitment

    Chamber thanks infrastructure minister for roads commitment

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has met with new infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard, who pledged his commitment to the two major Derry roads schemes, to connect with Belfast and Dublin.Chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:“We are very pleased to have met...

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  • Chamber welcomes Brexit engagement

    Chamber welcomes Brexit engagement

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the Derry City and Strabane District Council’s commitment to engage with stakeholders to protect the city and region from the ‘Brexit effect’.  The Chamber of Commerce is one of several local organisations that the...

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  • Response to Brexit vote

    Response to Brexit vote

    Gavin Killeen, President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said:“We are very sad that the vote is to leave the European Union.  While we fear that the result will be economic damage, we call on our political leaders to establish...

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  • The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has congratulated Derry Credit Union of the issuing of its one millionth loan.

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has congratulated Derry Credit Union of the issuing of its one millionth loan.

    Chamber President Gavin Killeen said:"Derry Credit Union is one of the foundations of our local economy.  It not only provides loans to its members to buy important goods, but it also provides interest of savings and supports local people who...

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  • Chamber welcomes progress on key transport routes

    Chamber welcomes progress on key transport routes

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has strongly welcomed the commitment by infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard to fast delivery of Derry’s key road connections to Belfast and Dublin.Chamber President Gavin Killeen said: “Improved road links to Belfast and to Dublin are...

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  • Alex Salmond Speech

    Alex Salmond Speech

    “The European Union is the best example in the history of the world of conflict resolution and it is the duty of everyone, particularly those who live in areas of conflict, to study how it was done and to apply...

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  • Chamber meets ex-PMs

    Chamber meets ex-PMs

    Executive members of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce met with former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major today.  The Chamber is strongly backing the campaign to remain within the EU.Gavin Killeen, Chamber President, said:“We met with Tony...

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  • Former Scottish First Minister to speak in Derry

    Former Scottish First Minister to speak in Derry

    The former First Minister of Scotland and former leader of the Scottish National Party, Alex Salmond, is to speak to a Londonderry Chamber of Commerce lunch this coming Friday (10th June).Alex Salmond MP is the Scottish National Party MP for...

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  • Dublin’s 500 Amazon jobs shows way for Derry

    Dublin’s 500 Amazon jobs shows way for Derry

    Dublin is gaining an extra 500 jobs through a major investment by Amazon.  The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce argues that the same factors that have won these jobs for Dublin must be applied in Derry.Chamber President Gavin Killeen says: “Amazon...

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  • Seagate job losses

    Seagate job losses

    The President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has expressed his sadness at the job losses at Seagate and extends his sympathy to all those who are affected.President Gavin Killeen said:“We understand the pressures that Seagate are operating under as...

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  • Chamber welcomes new ministers

    Chamber welcomes new ministers

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the appointment of ministers to the new Northern Ireland Executive.Chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:  “We congratulate and welcome the team of ministers to the new Northern Ireland Executive.  And, recognising problems of the...

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  • Minister Flanagan to visit Derry for engagement on the UK-EU Referendum

    Minister Flanagan to visit Derry for engagement on the UK-EU Referendum

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, is visiting Derry today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday). Minister Flanagan will deliver a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, meet SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood and visit An Cultúrlann, which receives grant...

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  • Successful Eures Cross Border Tax Seminar

    Successful Eures Cross Border Tax Seminar

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce in association with EURES Cross Border Partnership held a very successful Breakfast Briefing on Tax Implications for cross border workers and employers in the Bishop’s Gate Hotel on Tuesday 24th May 2016. The guest expert speaker was...

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  • North West Business Awards 2016

    North West Business Awards 2016

    AE Global has been named as Business of the Year in this year’s North West Business Awards which is sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK.  The event took place on Friday 13th May at a sell-out event in Derry’s City...

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  • NW Business Awards 2016 - Winners

    NW Business Awards 2016 - Winners

    With thanks to our principal sponsors Bank of Ireland UKAward Business Best Tourism Event or Initiative Sponsored by: DSV Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin for the Derry International Irish Music Festival North West Craft Industry of the Year Sponsored by: Inner City...

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  • North West Business Awards

    North West Business Awards

    The North West Business Awards take place this coming Friday, 13th May 2016, at 7pm, at the City Hotel, Derry.  The event is one of the premier events in the business diary in the region.For the first time the well...

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  • Chamber congratulates new MLAs

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has congratulated the new MLAs on their election for the Foyle constituency and urged them to make urgent and measurable progress on the local economy.Chamber chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:“We send our sincere congratulations to...

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  • Finalists for North West Business Awards 2016 Announced

    Finalists for North West Business Awards 2016 Announced

    This years business awards run by Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and City Centre Initiative, in partnership with Bank of Ireland UK, have had an amazing response. The finalists for the North West Business Awards have been selected and include: Award...

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  • Joe Schmidt to speak at Chamber event

    Joe Schmidt to speak at Chamber event

    Ireland Rugby team head coach Joe Schmidt has been confirmed as a special guest at the Derry Chamber of Commerce event later this month.Schmidt will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber President’s Breakfast, due to take place on Thursday,...

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  • North West Business Awards Sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK

    Businesses in the North West of Ireland have been urged to submit their applications for the premier business awards in the region ahead of the closing date of Monday 21st March.Winners have a unique opportunity to market the quality of...

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  • Brexit debate success

    Brexit debate success

    Today’s Brexit debate held by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce at the Waterfoot Hotel in Derry was a major success.  The event was packed with local business leaders and fully booked in advance.Chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:  “This has been...

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  • Closure of Austins of the Diamond

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:"It is terribly sad news that Austins has closed its doors.  We will all wish that action can be taken to save a business that is an icon for Derry.  We wish...

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  • Brexit - The Big EU Debate

    Brexit - The Big EU Debate

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate on the Brexit proposition, this coming Wednesday, 9th March.  Leading advocates for EU membership and for Brexit will be on the panel.Speakers are:Angela McGowan, chief economist, Danske BankJim Allister MLA, leader...

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  • North South Interconnector Needed for North West

    North South Interconnector Needed for North West

    The North West needs the North South Interconnector if there is to be a reliable source and supply of electricity. That was the overarching consensus by those attending the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s energy conference entitled ‘Powering Business in the...

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  • A6 progress 'is great news', says Chamber

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has warmly welcomed the announcement of outline approval for major improvements to the A6 Derry to Belfast road, including the construction of a by-pass at Dungiven."This is great news," said Gavin Killeen, President of the...

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  • North West Economy Held Back by Energy Infrastructure

    Is the North West economy being held back by its energy infrastructure? That’s the question that the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is putting to their membership and businesses in the North West when they facilitate an energy conference entitled ‘Powering...

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  • ‘City of Derry Airport an essential piece of economic infrastructure’

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has urged local people to support their local airport.“The City of Derry Airport is an essential piece of the regional economic infrastructure,” said Gavin Killeen, President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.  “If we are...

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  • Chamber President warns lights will go out if we don’t safeguard future energy supply

    Chamber President warns lights will go out if we don’t safeguard future energy supply

    The President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has warned there’s a real risk the lights will go out one day if there is continued pressure on the electricity network and our future supply is not properly planned and safeguarded.Mr...

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  • Conference tackles issue of energy supply in North West

    The need for the North/South electricity interconnector and the threat posed to development in the north west are two issues up for discussion at a conference in Londonderry.Hosted by the city’s chamber of commerce, the event, ‘Powering Business in the...

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  • Expanded business awards announced

    Expanded business awards announced

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and City Centre Initiative have launched this year’s North West Business Awards, inviting applications for 15 categories.  For the first time, entries are being invited from across the North West region and the expanded awards...

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  • Businesses invited to Clipper information event

    Next week local businesses will have the opportunity to attend a special event to find out how they can get involved in the massive Clipper Race 2015-16 homecoming celebrations set to take over Derry in July 2016.The Clipper Race Engagement...

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  • Sinead McLaughlin has expressed condolences on the death of Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty.

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sinead McLaughlin has expressed condolences on the death of Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty.She said:"Paddy 'Bogside' was a Derry icon.  He was involved in so many things and has literally left his mark on the city....

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  • President’s New Year Message

    President’s New Year Message

    The New Year begins with good news. Progress is being made on Derry’s key roads to Belfast (the A6) and to Dublin (the A5). We thank the politicians for, at last, moving the schemes forward. The Chamber of Commerce looks...

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  • Shop local this Christmas

    Shop local this Christmas

    Christmas is a time of giving to those you most love.  It is also a time for loyalty to family, friends and community.For those of us living in Derry, our city is at the heart of that community.  It is...

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  • Gavin Killeen takes over as Chamber President

    Gavin Killeen takes over as Chamber President

    Gavin Killeen, managing director of successful Derry company Nuprint, takes over as President at the annual general meeting of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce on Thursday evening (10 December).Gavin Killeen says:"I look forward to my term as President of the Londonderry...

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  • Invest NI needs to do more to support the North West

    Invest NI needs to do more to support the North WestIn response to the statistical analysis conducted by The Detail on the size of Invest NI support for different parts of NI, the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce issued the following...

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  • Health minister Simon Hamilton addresses Chamber lunch

    Health minister Simon Hamilton addresses Chamber lunchThe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s monthly lunch took place on Wednesday at the Belfray Country Inn.Chamber President Gerry Kindlon gave the welcoming introduction saying:“We must recognize the importance to the local economy of Altnagelvin...

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  • Investment in Health and Social Care transformation essential to make services sustainable and world class – Hamilton

    That was the message from the Health Minister, Simon Hamilton as he addressed Londonderry Chamber of Commerce representatives today. The Minister took the opportunity to inform delegates on his plans for the biggest shake up in Health and Social Care in...

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  • New Stormont Agreement welcomed – but greater progress on Belfast road needed

    New Stormont Agreement welcomed – but greater progress on Belfast road needed

    New Stormont Agreement welcomed – but greater progress on Belfast road neededThe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the latest Stormont agreement, but has urged Northern Ireland’s politicians to make greater progress on improving Derry’s road link with Belfast.Chamber President...

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  • Four paths to reason resonate for businesses

    Four paths to reason resonate for businesses

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  • Collaboration the key to stimulating North West economy

    Collaboration the key to stimulating North West economy

    Greater collaboration betweengovernment and business, a concentrated focus on supporting local SMEs and morestrategic investment in infrastructure were all identified as key drivers tothe future of the North West economy during a lively debate inDerry-Londonderry yesterday.The debate, the third in...

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  • Business leaders to debate the future of the North West economy

    The future of the North West economy and the role it could play in delivering economic prosperity to the whole of Northern Ireland will be the topic at the centre of a major debate event in Derry-Londonderry this week.The debate...

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  • “Let’s do business”

    “Let’s do business”

    “Let’s do business” -Chamber of Commerce network unites for first time in call to local Councils“Let's do business” - that is the message delivered to Local Government in a new action plan released today (21 September 2015) by the chambers...

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  • Eures Jobs Breakfast

    Eures Jobs Breakfast

    The Londonderry Chamber ofCommerce, in association with Eures Cross Border Partnership, held a jobsbreakfast Wednesday 16th September at The Playhouse as partof the CultureTECH festival.The event which was focusedaround the Digital, Technology and Engineering sectors welcomed 300 jobseekers.Ryan Williams of...

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  • DETI Lunch

    DETI Lunch

    Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell was the guest speaker at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce lunch today (9 September) at The City Hotel.The Minister was well received by Chamber members, but the message that the Executive must resolve its difficulties was...

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  • Bell: Partnership key to continued economic growth in North West

    Bell: Partnership key to continued economic growth in North West

    DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE, TRADE AND INVESTMENT9 September 2015 Bell: Partnership key to continued economic growth in North WestLondonderry’s business community has a key role to play in driving regional economic growth, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has said.Addressing the Londonderry Chamber of...

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  • Strong welcome for OneSource jobs

    Strong welcome for OneSource jobs

    Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has given a warmwelcome to the announcement that One Source is creating 289 jobs inDerry/Londonderry. Chamber chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said: “This is brilliant news for the city and the North West region. OneSource is agreat...

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  • Protect economic courses, urges Chamber

    TheLondonderry Chamber of Commerce has urged Ulster University to prioritisecourses that support the economy.Presidentof the Chamber Gerry Kindlon said:"Universities,the skills they generate, their research and their own activities lie at theheart of the modern economy.  Derry already has an economy...

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  • Launch of North West Business magazine

    Launch of North West Business magazine

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has launched a newregional business magazine, CONNECTED.  It is the official publication ofthe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and it will be accessible via the Chamberof Commerce website - https://www.londonderrychamber.co.uk/home- as well as being delivered across...

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  • Derry-Londonderry Business Awards 2015 Press Release

    Derry-Londonderry Business Awards 2015 Press Release

    This year’s Derry-Londonderry Business Awards, hosted by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Initiative, were held at the City Hotel lastFriday night.  The awards ceremony,sponsored by the Bank of Ireland, is one of the North West region’s...

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  • Dragon’s Den star is speaker at Chamber lunch

    Dragon’s Den star is speaker at Chamber lunch

    Dragon’s Denstar Peter Casey is the guest speaker at this year’s Londonderry Chamber ofCommerce President’s Lunch.  This is one of the most important events inthe business calendar in the North West of Ireland.Peter Caseywas born and brought up in Derry,...

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  • Business Awards Shortlist Announced

    Business Awards Shortlist Announced

    We are delighted to announce, with City Centre Initiative, the shortlist for the prestigious 2015 Derry-Londonderry Business Awards.Tickets for the event are currently on sale at £50 (+ VAT). Call 028 7126 2379 to book yours now       ...

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  • Chamber launches first NW Business Magazine

    Chamber launches first NW Business Magazine

    CONNECTED will be the official publication for the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and will be available in a glossy print format plus a digital version accessible via our website as well as being delivered across a range of multi-media platforms by all of...

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  • Derry~Londonderry: key for the Tourism in the Northwest

    Derry~Londonderry: key for the Tourism in the Northwest

    Derry ~ Londonderry has long established its roots as the capital of the North West. Tourism figures show that Derry’s tourism providers have benefited from recent accolades as UK City of Culture and Top 5 cities to visit by Lonely...

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  • HMRC National Minimum Wage – new webinar launched on 24 March 2015

    HMRC National Minimum Wage – new webinar launched on 24 March 2015

    HM Revenue and Customs recommends employer to pay the correct rates. Employers not paying the correct National Minimum Wage rate are running the riskof being publically named and being charged penalties. To provide the adequate information, HMRC offers a webinar for...

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  • Beech Hill House Hotel: one of the best 100 places to stay in Ireland

    Beech Hill House Hotel: one of the best 100 places to stay in Ireland

    Derry’s historic Beech Hill House Hotel is among the cream of the crop yet again after being named as one of the 100 Best PlacesTo Stay In Ireland by the McKennas’ Guides. The Beech Hill, located a tArdmore Road on...

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  • Manifesto for economic commitment to the Northwest Region 2015

    Manifesto for economic commitment to the Northwest Region 2015

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has launched its'manifesto' for the coming General Election.  It is asking for all Parliamentary candidates in the Foyle, East Londonderry and West Tyrone constituencies to support the business-friendly policies to increase the number of jobs in...

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  • Chamber saddened by death of Martin McCrossan 'A true ambassador for Derry'

    Chamber saddened by death of Martin McCrossan 'A true ambassador for Derry'

    Chamber saddened by death of Martin McCrossan 'A true ambassador for Derry'Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Gerry Kindlon said:"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Martin McCrossan, one of this city's most notable and respected business leaders."Martin was...

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  • NORTHWEST’S CULTURETECH FESTIVAL SCOOPS MAJOR ARTS AWARD, ASKS PUBLIC HOW TO SPEND IT

    NORTHWEST’S CULTURETECH FESTIVAL SCOOPS MAJOR ARTS AWARD, ASKS PUBLIC HOW TO SPEND IT

    Derry’s CultureTECH Festival picked up the overall Arts Award at the annual Allianz Arts and Business NI Awards this week. The prize is awarded to organisations which “develop and pioneer new ideas” and includes a £3000 cash prize. Now the...

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  • CultureTECH celebrates success

    CultureTECH celebrates success

    CultureTECH celebrates successThe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is enormously proud that CultureTECH has won the prestigious title of Arts Organisation of the Year at last night’s Allianz Arts & Business Northern Ireland Awards.CultureTECH was also ‘highly commended’ – runners up...

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  • U4D welcomes Ministerial Sub-Group

    U4D welcomes Ministerial Sub-Group

    U4D welcomes Ministerial Sub-Group The University for Derry group has warmly welcomed the Northern Ireland Executive's creation of a sub-group of ministers to tackle regional imbalances in the Northern Ireland economy, initially focusing on the North West. U4D chair Padraig Canavan said: "The creation of...

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  • The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement of the Executive's ministerial sub-group dedicated to addressing the Northern Ireland economy's regional imbalance and the specific needs of the North West economy.

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement of the Executive's ministerial sub-group dedicated to addressing the Northern Ireland economy's regional imbalance and the specific needs of the North West economy.

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has warmly welcomed the announcement of the Executive's ministerial sub-group dedicated to addressing the Northern Ireland economy's regional imbalance and the specific needs of the North West economy.Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Gerry Kindlon said:"We...

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  • Stakeholder Event - Phase II Inquiry Inter-City rail connection

    The Regional Development Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into the Coleraine to Londonderry Rail Track Phase Two Project.  As part of this inquiry,Assembly Community Connect will be hosting a stakeholder event at the City Hotel, L’Derry, on Tuesday 27th...

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  • The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has made its submission to the Department of Finance and Personnel in relation to the draft Budget.

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has made its submission to the Department of Finance and Personnel in relation to the draft Budget.

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has made its submission to the Department of Finance and Personnel in relation to the draft Budget.The Chamber has urged the Executive to reverse its proposed cuts to the higher and further education sectors and...

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  • Festive Trade 'encouraging'- Derry's traders are hoping for a bumper Christmas, with encouraging signs in the lead up to the main shopping period.

    Festive Trade 'encouraging'- Derry's traders are hoping for a bumper Christmas, with encouraging signs in the lead up to the main shopping period.

    Derry's traders are hoping for a bumper Christmas, with encouraging signs in the lead up to the main shopping period. The Chief Executive of the City's Chamber of Commerce said an upsurge in spending was now expected over the next...

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  • Simon Hunter CEO Hunter Apparel Solutions recognised as Northern Ireland IoD

    Simon Hunter CEO Hunter Apparel Solutions recognised as Northern Ireland IoD

    SimonHunter CEO Hunter Apparel Solutions recognised as Northern Ireland IoD‘FamilyBusiness Director of the Year 2014/15’The IoD Director of the Year 2014 – 15 took place at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast on the 5 th December 2014. The event showcases the...

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  • In Camera Dinner with DoE

    ‘Londonderry Chamber’s InCamera Dinner with DoE’The Londonderry Chamber hosted a verysuccessful In Camera Dinner with the Department of the Environment on WednesdayDecember 3rd at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel. The MinisterMark H Durkan was joined by senior DoE colleagues...

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  • 'No systematic problem with exorbitant commerical rents’ - McGuinness

    'No systematic problem with exorbitant commerical rents’ - McGuinness

    The conversation continues....Martin McGuinnessLast week the Deputy First Minister was accused of saying the reason some companies chose not to set-up in Derry was because of high commercial rents.Mr. McGuinness told the Derry Journal that some people had intentionally mis-portrayed...

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  • Rent is not deterring trade

    Rent is not deterring trade

    ‘Rent prices not the reason inward investors reluctant to locate in Derry’The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has strongly refuted the reported comments of the Deputy First Minister that high rents are deterring inward investors from locating in Derry.Chamber President Gerry...

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  • Have your say on Derry/Strabane Integrated Economic Strategy

    Have your say on Derry/Strabane Integrated Economic Strategy

    Have your say on Derry/Strabane Integrated Economic StrategyA series of workshops to help establish the framework for the development of an Integrated Economic Strategy for the new Derry City and Strabane District Council will take place across the city and...

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  • A response to the release of unemployment figures, showing that the Foyle constituency is the worst in the UK.

    In response to the release of unemployment figures, showing that the Foyle constituency is the worst in the UK.The Chamber is calling on politicians to make faster progress on putting in place an effective strategy to create more jobs in...

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  • Chamber welcomes Seagate investment

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has warmly welcomed the announcement that Seagate has chosen Derry for its latest £35m investment in research and development.Chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:"It is excellent news for Derry that Seagate is investing £35m in research...

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  • The Londonderry Chamber Business Recognition Award, in partnership with BT

    The Londonderry Chamber Business Recognition Award, in partnership with BT

    Frank Lawrancehas been awarded the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Business Recognition Award for his years of commitment to the city.Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of the Chamber, said: “Tonight we look to the future. However, it is appropriate to look...

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  • Chamber Annual Dinner President’s Address

    Chamber Annual Dinner President’s Address

    Gerry Kindlon, President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, has urged Northern Ireland’s politicians to “finish the job” in bringing peace and prosperity to Northern Ireland.  Speaking at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, heal so urged school pupils, parents and teachers...

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  • 57th President's Annual Dinner

    57th President's Annual Dinner

    Annual DinnerThe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s 57th Annual Dinner takes place this Friday, at 7pm at the Everglades Hotel.Guest of honour and keynote speaker is Dave Mosley, Global President of Seagate, one of Derry’s largest employers, a world leading company...

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  • Danske Bank Shipquay Place inviting local companies to showcase their business

    Danske Bank Shipquay Place inviting localcompanies to showcase their businessSmall businesses in Derry-Londonderry area are being invited to apply for the opportunity to showcase their products and services in Danske Bank’s Shipquay Place branch during a dedicated Business Showcase Week...

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  • Welcome for Labour Party Commission on the Northern Ireland Economy

    Welcome for Labour Party Commission on the Northern Ireland EconomyThe Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has strongly welcomed the announcement by Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Ivan Lewis that he is to set up a Commission on the Northern...

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  • Worldhost Customer Service Taster Session for Retailers

    Worldhost Customer Service Taster Session for Retailers

    Worldhost Customer Service Taster Session for RetailersAre you losing customers due to poor Customer Services?The WorldHost Customer Service Taster Session will provide you with valuable customer service tips and techniques and will show you how you can create a culture...

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  • The Scottish People have spoken

    Sinead Mc Laughlin, Chief Executive of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said:"The Scottish people have spoken, their wishes must be respected in full and the United Kingdom as a whole must now move on."The outcome of the referendum provides both...

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  • Get involved in Fashion Fest 2014

    Get involved in Fashion Fest 2014

    Get involved in Fashion Fest 2014The city’s first ever Fashion Fest has just been launched inspectacular style, and organisers are now calling for designers, traders and fashionentrepreneurs to get involved in this fabulous four-day festival which runs fromNovember 20-23.Details of...

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  • CultureTech is a great success

    CultureTech is a great success

    CultureTECH a great success The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to be closely associated with CultureTECH as its parent body.  This year is proving to be not just another amazing success, but even better than in previous years.Chamber President...

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  • Chamber announces new non-executive directors

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has announced four new non-executive directors.  Paul Diamond, Eleanor Mc Evoy, Donna Moran and Georgina O’Leary all join the board of the Chamber.Gerry Kindlon, President of the Chamber, said: “I have been impressed throughout my...

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  • Strong welcome for deputy First Minister’s commitment to Magee expansion

    The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce strongly welcomes the expressed and specificcommitment by the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, to thesubstantial expansion of the Magee campus.  The comments came after ameeting between the Deputy First Minister and the Londonderry Chamber...

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  • Chamber President disappointed by Stephen Farrys’ comments on Magee

    ChamberPresident disappointed by Stephen Farrys’ comments on MageeLondonderryChamber of Commerce President Gerry Kindlon has expressed his strongdisappointment at comments by employment and learning minister Stephen Farry,suggesting that consideration of the expansion of the University of Ulster’sMagee campus is off the...

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  • Inauguration of New President

    Inauguration of New President

    Gerry Kindlon becomes 72nd President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 17th June, at the Chamber’s AGM.  He takes over from Philip Gilliland.Gerry is Executive  Director  at Seagate.  He has served the Chamber for several years as a...

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  • Derry~Londonderry Business Awards Results

    Some of Derry’s most exciting developing businesses along with some of the city’s most successful established enterprises have won the city’s premier business accolades in this year’s annual Business Awards ceremony.The sell-out event was held on Friday evening at the...

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  • Cornerstone Automation wins Business of the Year

    Cornerstone Automation wins Business of the Year

      The award of ‘Business of the Year’ is one of the most prestigious and desired accolades for the business community of Derry-Londonderry. Cornerstone Automation is a well deserved winner of the title ‘Business of the Year’ for 2014. From humble...

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  • Business Awards – Special Recognition Award Doire Comhaltas for The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

    The Special Recognition Award is given to enterprises that have made a special contribution to the local business community and to the city as a whole. For the year of the 2013 City of Culture, there could be no more...

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  • Ciaran and Stephen Devine, Evermore Renewable Energy win joint Entrepreneur of the Year

    Ciaran and Stephen Devine, Evermore Renewable Energy win joint Entrepreneur of the Year

    The award of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ is a high profile one and is a valued mark of esteem for the winners. Brothers Ciaran and Stephen Devine of Evermore Renewable Energy are the well deserved joint winners of the title...

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  • Chamber welcomes First Minister Peter Robinson's wholehearted apology to the Muslim community

    "The First Minister has said what needed to be said. We welcome that and thank him for it - now let's move on. One positive and productive way forward would be to put in place a programme for community cohesion,...

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  • We must present Northern Ireland as a welcoming society to the world

    "The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is increasingly concerned at the potential impact that the negative image of Northern Ireland’s current political climate could have on trade, our economy and the creation of inward investment jobs. It is essential that we...

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  • Annual General Meeting Notice 2014

    Annual General Meeting Notice 2014

    Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce will be held on Tuesday 17th June 2014 at 17:00pm in Chamber offices, The Old Fire Station 1a Hawkin Street, Derry~Londonderry. The purpose of this...

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  • Moving Ahead with a Plan - by Chamber VP, Gerry Kindlon

    Moving Ahead with a Plan - by Chamber VP, Gerry Kindlon

    Some recent news stories should make us focus more clearly on what the modern world of work means for people in Derry. About a thousand people in the city applied for just 30 jobs at a new local restaurant. This...

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  • Chamber President becomes President of international corporate law network

    Chamber President becomes President of international corporate law network

    Philip Gilliland, senior partner at Derry-based law firm Caldwell & Robinson, has been elected President of the prestigious international corporate law network, Avrio Advocati.  The election was confirmed at Avrio Advocati’s General Meeting, which has just been held in Paris...

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  • Broadband funding scheme open to Derry businesses

    Exciting news this week for local SME’s, a new scheme offering companies the chance to scoop up to £3000 in government funding towards the installation of high speed broadband has officially opened to applicants. The Derry Connection Voucher Scheme was...

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  • Education Key to Improving Economy

    "The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is extremely concerned at the results of the Derry Journal's investigations that have revealed that the city has the UK's highest rate of unemployment. While the city is the UK's unemployment 'hot spot', there is...

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  • Mayor urges public to vote for Fleadh

    Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly is encouraging the public to vote for the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in the NITB event of the year awards. The Mayor described the Fleadh Cheoil as one of the highlights of the City of Culture year,...

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