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Chief Constable meets BID members to learn about success of BID PSNI Partnership

PSNI Chief Constable Jon Boutcher met a delegation of BID members this week to hear about the success of the BID PSNI partnership whereby the BID funds on average 16 officer days a month to focus on BID members concerns which are typically retail crime, anti-social behaviour and abuse towards BID members staff. The businesses detailed numerous examples of successes arising from the scheme with one stating that they have only been able to remain in Hill Street and Newry as a result of the reduction in theft due to the availability and focus of the BID PSNI team.


Newry Park Stakeholder meeting

The BID attended a stakeholder meeting this week for an update on the Park following the appointment of the Design Team.
We continue to lobby hard for connectivity to address the shortfall of one entrance/exit in the draft designs to date.

Newry Flood Review

The BID met Jacobs the firm appointed to carry out the Flood Review this week. The BID has strongly objected to the Review being undertaken without having direct engagement with the businesses and property owners who were flooded. We also have significant concerns that the Review seems to have no real ability to make change. All of which is compounded by the fact that 5 months on from the Floods we have not been told a single thing to help mitigate the ongoing risk.

We have reached out to our local representatives and made it clear that a meaningful review has to involve direct engagement with those who were flooded as well as being timely and having impact.

Newry cannot attract investment whilst it is effectively uninsurable and is no clearer as to what is supposed to happen to prevent another flood let alone deal with one should it happen.

NMD Labour Market Partnership to Host Free Business Masterclasses  

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Labour Market Partnership (LMP) is hosting two FREE business masterclasses offering expert practical guidance and advice to businesses in Newry and Downpatrick. All businesses who wish to avail of tips and advice to support business growth are welcome to attend. Key themes which will be covered include brand awareness, visual merchandising, digital marketing, upselling, online selling, customer service and employment retention.

Labour Market Partnerships are funded by the Department for Communities and create targeted employment action plans for council areas, allowing for collaboration at local and regional level to support people towards and into work.

Councillor Valerie Harte, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said, “These business masterclasses have been tailored to provide support to businesses that have encountered disruption due to flooding.  The masterclasses will offer an insight to marketing, business development and HR to help local businesses on the road to recovery and assistance to grow.”

“It is hoped that the two masterclasses, one in Newry and one in Downpatrick will help to provide relevant information and key takeaways for businesses. The masterclasses have been purposely scheduled for the evening time to allow as many businesses from across the district as possible to attend.”

Well known business journalist Gary McDonald will host an ‘In Conversation with’ session with Pete Boyle, CEO, Argento at the Downpatrick event and with Clare Vallely, Creative Director, Kukoon at the Newry event.  Pete will share his business recovery journey in the wake of the Primark fire in Belfast and how they overcame particular challenges, while Clare will be talking about their business growth and how they have adapted since the floods in Newry.

There will be three presentations from local business experts Maeve Finnegan from MiTSO Marketing, who will share her views on branding, marketing, and digital presence; Siobhan Walsh, Retail Consultant, will be talking about visual merchandising, upselling and customer service; while Bronagh Lennon, Lennon Employment Services will provide an overview on employee retention, culture and looking after your team.

The first masterclass will take place on Monday 16 April in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry and Downpatrick is the location for the second masterclass on Tuesday 16 March at Denvir’s Hotel, Downpatrick.

Both events will take place from 5.30pm until 8pm. A light supper will be served between 5.30pm and 6pm. Spaces are limited for both events. To book your FREE ticket please log onto Eventbrite and search for Business Masterclass – Newry/Downpatrick.

Newry: Newry Business Masterclass
Downpatrick: Downpatrick Business Masterclass