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Clipper generates ‘global connections’ for Derry

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Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer McKeever has hailed the city’s involvement in the Clipper Round the World Race as a fantastic opportunity to generate global connections.

Ms McKeever made the comments during her address at the Clipper Connect Business Series event in Roco on Derry’s quay on Tuesday evening.

She said: “Our involvement in the city with Clipper is about global connections. Clipper gives us a fantastic opportunity to reach out across the globe to businesses, investors and potential visitors.

“Our message is that this is very much a city and region ready and open for business. We are actively looking for new connections to do business with and new ways to do business.

“Making connections is at the heart of what we do at the Chamber. We want our member companies to find new customers and suppliers, and to make interesting new connections that they can learn and grow from.

Ms McKeever said that despite recently intensified geo-political challenges, local businesses are not “wringing their hands while waiting for the whole post-Brexit jigsaw to fit into place”.

“They are seeking new markets and new customers; they are creating new processes and products to ensure they continue to compete and succeed in a global environment. They continue to grow their businesses and continue to be industry leaders and role models,” she added.

Ms McKeever paid tribute to Clipper Round the World Race founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson - the first person to sail non-stop single-handedly around the globe - who attended the Derry event.

“Speaking of role models, we are delighted to be joined this evening by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and we are grateful, Sir, that you started the journey that we in Derry/Londonderry are now a proud part of.”

The Clipper Connect Business Series event was jointly hosted by the Chamber and Derry City and Strabane District Council at Roco, where award-winning gin cocktails were served up by The Muff Liquor Company.