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									                                  NEWRY CHAMBER                                                          NEWSLETTER

                                                                                                         GREATER NEWRY
                                                                                                         AREA BUSINESS
                                                                                                         16th June 2010
                                                                                                         Canal Court Hotel

Over 120 guests attended the      with the sponsors of our           acknowledge the support and
                                                                                                         ANNUAL GALA
launch of the Greater Newry       individual awards for their        understanding that we receive       GOLF CLASSIC
Area Business Awards 2010 in      support and commitment,            from the local community but also   3rd September 2010
Bellini’s, Newry on Monday 12     without which this event would     to assist the Newry Chamber of      Warrenpoint Golf Club
April, hosted by BBC’s Karen      not be possible. I also want to    Commerce and Trade in its
Patterson.                        thank Bellinis Bar & Restaurant    efforts to promote business
                                  for sponsoring the Awards          excellence on a regional basis.’
Speaking on behalf of event       Launch’.
organisers of this biennial                                          Speaking on behalf of the
business awards competition, Dr   Mayor John Feehan said ‘On         Department for Social
Conor Patterson, President of     behalf of Newry and Mourne         Development, Mr Damian
Newry Chamber of Commerce &       District Council, I am delighted   Mulholland stated, ‘The             ANNUAL GALA
Trade stated, ‘We are proud to
announce the launch of the
                                  to support and endorse this
                                  prestigious event. This
                                                                     Department is delighted to offer
                                                                     its support to this prestigious
Greater Newry Area Business       competition provides a great       business awards competition         8th October 2010
Awards 2010. This Business        opportunity for us all to          which showcases regional            7pm-late Canal Court Hotel
Awards competition will           celebrate the successes of our     business excellence,
recognise the efforts made by     local businesses. I would also     entrepreneurship and
businesses to promote Newry as    like to congratulate Newry         determination to succeed, all
a place synonymous with product   Chamber of Commerce and            factors synonymous with the
quality, service and customer     Trade on their immense efforts     Greater Newry Area business
care’.                            in arranging this event’.          community’.

Dr Patterson stated, ‘On behalf   Mr Tony McAllister, AmeyLagan      The Awards will be judged by
of the Newry Chamber, I would     Roads stated, ‘We, in Amey         independent adjudicators,           GENERAL
like to thank our principal
sponsors, Newry & Mourne
                                  Lagan Roads are delighted to
                                  be a Principal Sponsor of the
                                                                     ‘Stakeholder Communications’
                                                                     and culminate in a Gala Awards
District Council, Amey Lagan      Greater Newry Area Business        Ceremony on the 16th June 2010      14 October 2010
Roads and the Department for      Awards 2010 and see it as an       in the Canal Court Hotel.           6pm-8pm
Social Development, together      opportunity to not only            (Continued on page 2)               Bellinis Bar & Restaurant

                                                                                                         NEWRY BUSINESS
                                                                                                         GRAND PRIX
                                                                                                         4th November 2010
                                                                                                         Formula Karting,
                                                                                                         Greenbank Industrial Estate

                                                                                                         CHARITY LUNCH
                                                                                                         2 December 2010
                                                                                                         Court Hotel

CHAMBER NEWS                                                     PAGE 1
 Best Business Growth Award            Innovation in Industry Award                Best Marketing Initiative Award                Excellence in People
                                                                                                                                  Development Award

     Best Social Corporate             Best Social Enterprise Award                The Invest NI Best Export Award         Outstanding Contribution to the
     Responsibility Award                                                                                                    Greater Newry Area Award

 Life Time Achievement Award          Best Customer Service Award                   Best Customer Service Award             Best Customer Service Award
for Service to the Retail Industry        Independent Retailer                             Service Sector                         Multiple Retailer

  Best Retail Premises Award         Best Commercial Premises Award                   Best Place to Eat Award                     Best Pub/Bar Award

   Best New Business Award                Best Young Business                        Best Small Business Award                Best Green Business Award
                                             Person Award

                                                                                                      G Cawley, C Patterson, O Jackson,
                                           Group photo of all the Award Sponsors                     K Patterson, J Feehan, D Mulholland
CHAMBER NEWS                                                                                                                                     JUNE 2010

                     Conor Patterson
                                       Executive of the Southern Area
                                       Health     Trust,   Mrs     Mairead
                                       McAlinden. The Greater Newry
                                       Vision Partnership has also
                                       established a Newry Digital City
                                       Working Group to coordinate a bid
                                       for Government investment in
                                       upgrading the City’s broadband
The past few months have been          infrastructure. That group has now
exceptionally busy for Newry           drawn up a strategy to promote
Chamber of Commerce & Trade.           Newry as a Digital City with a view
We have hosted several prestigious     to    attracting   foreign    direct
events with keynote speakers           investment and developing new
including Minister Sammy Wilson,       communications technologies in the
Mr Declan Kelly, US Economy            City for both business users and the
Envoy to NI and Mr Justin King,        wider community.
                                                                                 Deputy Mayor Charlie Casey, Newry & Mourne DC, Mr Declan Kelly, US Economic
CEO of Sainsburys.        We have                                                Envoy, Mr Brian McConville, MJM Group, President Conor Patterson and Kamala
organised information seminars for     The Greater Newry Area Business                                        Lakhdir, US Consul
you, the members, on topical issues    Awards 2010 programme has been a
including social media marketing,      phenomenal success, with almost
redundancy and inflation (presented    300 entries from businesses across
by the Bank of England). The Full      the Greater Newry Area. We eagerly     Newry Chamber Hosts
Chamber met on the 28th of May         await the Gala Awards Ceremony
with Paul Hogarth Consultants to
discuss the Newry City Master Plan.
                                       which will take place on the 16 June
                                       in the Canal Court Hotel. I would
                                                                              Business Brunch with US
The Chamber welcomes the               like to take this opportunity to
opportunity to help shape the future   sincerely thank all of the sponsors    Economic Envoy
of Newry over the next 25 years.       who have supported the awards, and
                                       of course a massive thank you to all   Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade was delighted to host
The    Greater   Newry       Vision    of those who took time out of their    an historic Business Brunch with Mr Declan Kelly, US
Partnership recently met with          busy schedule to enter into the        Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland on the 19 May 2010 in
Minister Edwin Poots to discuss the    competition.                           the Canal Court Hotel.
Newry City Master Plan, Reform of
Public     Administration       and    Finally, as we fast approach the
                                                                              Over 80 guests from the local business community were in
development opportunities in Newry.    holiday session I would like to wish
                                       you all a great summer and I look      attendance to hear Mr Kelly deliver his first public address to
The Partnership was delighted to
welcome onto it’s Executive            forward to seeing you at the Chamber   the Newry Business community since his appointment to
Committee the Acting Chief             events in the Autumn.                  office by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Launch of the Newry and Mourne District                                       Speaking on behalf of Newry Chamber, President Conor
                                                                              Patterson, stated, ‘we in the Chamber were delighted to be
                                                                              offered the opportunity to host this prestigious business
Council Economic Development Strategy And
Action Plan                                                                   networking event for our members and the wider business
The Mayor of Newry and                 Mayor Feehan stated that               community. Declan Kelly is an influential business leader
Mourne District Council,               ‘’the strategy focused on the          and has a unique mandate to foster and develop US/Irish
Councillor John Feehan and             Councils drive to assist the           economic and business relationships’.
the Deputy Secretary with              development of the local
the Department of Enterprise           economy in Newry and                   Mr Declan Kelly stated, “It was an honour to be among
Trade and Investment, Mr               Mourne District up to and              members of the Newry business community who have
David Thomson launched the             beyond 2013’’. He said that            helped to establish their City’s international reputation as a
Councils current Economic              ‘’devising the strategy could          thriving commercial centre.      Their resilience, vision, and
Development Strategy and               not have been achieved                 collective will have also elevated Newry City’s role as a key
Action Plan on Thursday 4              without working in                     hub on the Belfast to Dublin Economic Corridor and I was
March 2010 in Bagenal’s                partnership with all relevant          delighted to have had the opportunity to learn more about
Castle.                                stakeholders and widespread            their continued efforts.”
                                                                              This event has been very generously sponsored by MJM
START OF BUILDING WORK TO                                                     Group. Speaking on behalf of MJM, Mr Brian McConville,
BALLYBOT HOUSE                                                                Chairman stated, ‘we were very proud to sponsor this
Funding from the Department for Social Development’s Modernisation            important and high profile Newry Chamber event. MJM has
Fund Capital Programme has enabled the Confederation of                       recently opened new manufacturing premises at Carnbane
Community Groups to start work on a new three-story extension                 Industrial Estate, servicing amongst others, our US market.
which will replace the existing annex.                                        North America represents one of our main export markets
                                                                              and is key to MJM’s expansion plans. Mr Kelly’s presence in
Raymond Jackson, Chief Executive, Confederation of Community                  Newry today reflects the commitment of the United States in
Groups said that “the additional capacity provided, following                 developing business linkages between the US and Ireland,
construction of the new annex, should help meet both the needs of             an objective very much endorsed by the MJM Group’.
existing clients and provide additional facilities for local voluntary and
community groups”.

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CHAMBER NEWS                                                                                                                  JUNE 2010

            Get in the Mood for a Super
            Summer Sizzler at The Quays
From 1st June shoppers can       entertainment throughout the     in the local community            people in association with
relax in the cool of the         summer there is something        including the Maiden of the       East Coast Adventure Centre.
evening in the centre without    for everyone.                    Mournes Festival, Fiddlers
any charge for parking. Shops    Cathal     Austin,    Centre     Green, Craobh Rua Hurling         Car parking charges will be
are open until 9pm with the      Manager at The Quays said,       Club in Camlough and Down         incurred up until 6pm each
cinema, Sainsbury’s, Spur        “We are delighted to be able     GAA. We will also be running      day. Shoppers who have
and Xtra-Vision open later.      to offer our customers the       a full programme of family        arrived after 6pm simply take
Free parking on summer           opportunity to shop in the       events with the ‘CityBeat         a ticket on entry and when
evenings is not all you get at   summer evenings with no car      Search for a Star’ coming to      exiting the centre the ticket
The Quays. With over 50          parking charges. Over the        the centre for the very first     will register as paid, with no
fantastic high street brand      summer months there is a lot     time, Giant Games, craft          need to visit a pay station.
name shops and restaurants       happening at the centre. We      workshops and the inaugural
as well as activities and        are supporting many events       ‘Quays Run for Fun’ for young

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Members of the Greater           potential of Newry City and
Newry Vision Partnership         the    Reform    of   Public
met with Minister Edwin          Administration’.
Poots, Department of the
Environment on the 20 May        Dr Patterson continued, ‘we
during his visit to Formula      are at a critical stage in
Karting.                         Newry’s development. The
                                 Master Plan exercise which is
Chairperson       of      the    about to be undertaken by the
Partnership, Conor Patterson,    Department       of     Social
President of Newry Chamber       Development and Newry &
stated, ‘We were delighted to    Mourne Council District will
be afforded the opportunity to   provide local stakeholders
meet with Minister Poots to      with the opportunity to have a
discuss a number of important    say in how Newry City will be
issues in Newry City and the     developed in the future. It
wider region, including, the     was reassuring to note that
Draft Newry & Mourne Area        Minister Poots is very
                                                                                              Members of the Greater Newry Vision Partnership meet with
                                                                                               Minister Edwin Poots during his visit to Formula Karting
Plan, the Newry City Master      supportive of the Master Plan
Plan,     the   development      initiative’.

Exam Success for Autoline
A number of staff from Autoline Insurance Group are celebrating exam
success this week with passes for all entrants in the ICOBS (Insurance
Conduct of Business Sourcebook) and TCF (Treating Customers Fairly)
exams. Pictured are the successful entrants from the Newry office.

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CHAMBER NEWS                                                                                                                                   JUNE 2010

Newry Chamber Hosts Historic Business Lunch
with Minister Sammy Wilson, Department of
Finance & Personnel
Over 100 guests attended a Newry Chamber of
Commerce Business Lunch with guest speaker
Sammy Wilson MP MLA, Minister of the
Department of Finance & Personnel on Thursday
4th February 2010 in the Canal Court Hotel.
During his address to the            public sector employment,
Minister, Dr Patterson               stating, ‘Some of those jobs
highlighted the substantial          particularly in small specialist
contribution that Newry              units could be more cost
makes to the Northern                effectively based in Newry.
Ireland economy, adding that         We have the high calibre
this contribution should be          workforce, for less cost in
matched by Government                cheaper accommodation’.                                           Mr Adrian Doran, Barclays, President Conor Patterson,
                                                                                                       Minister Sammy Wilson MLA and Mayor John Feehan
commitment through
investment in infrastructure         This event was generously
                                     sponsored by Barclays, Mr               system. Barclays                       Northern Ireland economy,
projects such as the
                                     Adrian Doran, Head of                   recognises that we have a              and we know that despite the
Southern Relief Road. The
                                     Corporate Banking for                   responsibility to support our          current tough economic
return on this investment
                                     Barclays in Northern Ireland            customers in the tough times           conditions there are a lot of
could not be matched
                                     said: “Barclays is delighted to         as well as the good, and I'm           good companies that are
anywhere else in Northern
                                     support Newry Chamber of                pleased to say our lending             keen to take their business
                                     Commerce & Trade in                     volumes have remained                  forward. We are very keen
                                     hosting this important event,           strong in Northern Ireland             on getting our message out,
Dr Patterson asked the
                                     especially at such a critical           over the past year. It is              and speaking to companies
Minister to reconsider his
                                     time for both our local                 widely acknowledged that               like these.”
views on the Bain Report
                                     economy and political                   SMEs are the bedrock of the
with respect to the location of

                                                                             many extremely profitable deals        should be looked at as social
                                                                             for those with cash, which is

                                                                                                                    and community opportunities
                                                                             king in our post-NAMA world.           for integration, through change
                                                                                                                    of use, into the fabric of the
                                         Hugh Elliott, eml architects.
                                                                             What if the solution, in some          communality that surrounds
                                                                             cases anyway, is not a haircut         them. Their values may be
An Architect’s View                                                          at all, but a make over?
                                                                             Imaginative thinking and new
                                                                                                                    considerably reduced, but
                                                                                                                    surely not as much as the
After a year of worry and            breakdown of the trust between          approaches      are   urgently         severe haircuts now being
apprehension, Tuesday,               the rulers and the ruled.               needed.                                administered by panic stricken
March 30th, heralded the                                                                                            bankers.
unveiling of the new                 The tentacles of NAMA will              Abandoned office blocks,
economic world that the              reach into Northern Ireland,            hotels, and apartment buildings

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CHAMBER NEWS                                                                                                                                    JUNE 2010

PACKED AUDIENCE AT FPM 6TH                                                   BUTTERCRANE
ANNUAL BUDGET & NAMA SEMINAR                                                 ‘FLUSHED’ WITH
To a packed audience of over 220 people                                      SUCCESS IN LOO
FPM Chartered Accountants UK tax                                             OF YEAR AWARDS
specialists hosted their sixth annual Budget                                 Buttercrane Shopping
                                                                             Centre, Newry has won
Breakfast seminar at the Quays Omniplex,                                     a National Loo of the
Newry on the 30th March 2010.                                                Year Award in the latest
                                                                             search to find the best              Agneska Sielka and (right) Donna Fitzpatrick

                                                                             toilets in the UK.
                                                                                                                        with (middle) Therese Clerkin

                                                                             Food Critic recommends food critic               RED!!
                                                                             The Culinary team at RED has been recommended by
                                                                             Lucinda O Sullivan as one of her official places to eat in Ireland 2010.
 Paddy Harty, Feargal McCormack, Janette Burns                               RED is only the second establishment in Northern Ireland to receive
                                                                             this acclaim. RED’s details are all posted on the new website

The M.L.M Hub is the brain child of two sisters Marie & Caroline

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entrepreneurs want to bring their knowledge of their network
marketing business to their home City of Newry.                              CRASH opened their second              the marketplace for CRASH
They are looking for like minded people who want a RECESSION                 Repair Solutions centre on the         REPAIR SOLUTIONS.
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                                                                             Belfast Road, Newry recently.
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                          (028) 3044 2629                                    Lane in January of this year.          and repair solution.

                                                                             The Newry based Accident               Motorists will be able to turn up at
Nicholas O’Dwyer Success                                                     Management Company aims to             our new sites, drop off their
                                                                             take it’s service directly to the      damaged vehicle and drive away
Nicholas O’Dwyer,                          Internationally        Nicholas
                                                                             Northern Irish motorist.               in a hire vehicle within minutes.”
Consulting Engineers                       O’Dwyer in partnership with
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Wastewater Treatment                       engineers for the Millennium
                                                                             “Our success has been built
Works.                                     Challenge           Corporation
                                                                             around customer service and we    
                                           project to restructure and
                                                                             have identified a genuine need in
The project, value £1.7m                   rehabilitate       the    water
was handed over to                         system           of       Zarqa
Northern Ireland Water on                  Governorate in Jordan. The        Social Media Marketing = BUSINESS SUCCESS
the 11th March following a                 water supply system is to be      Newry Chamber in
22 month contract. A                       upgraded to cope with the         partnership with Prestige
number of new tanks,                       rapid growth and to reduce
                                                                             Employment Solutions and
pumping stations, filters &                water losses in the system.
                                           The envisaged restructuring       Grow Your Sales Online
balancing    tanks     were
constructed during the                     and rehabilitation program        hosted a workshop advising
contract    period     while               will focus on the most            local businesses on how to
maintaining     operational                efficient distribution of water   benefit from Social Media
function of the existing                   including distribution in
                                                                             Marketing on the 26 May in
works.                                     areas serving population
                                           groups living in poverty.         Newry & Mourne Enterprise
                                                                                                                 Lorraine Rooney, Prestige Employment Solutions,
                                                                                                                 Orla Jackson, Newry Chamber and Nichola Bates,
                                                                                                                             Grow Your Sales Online

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 Associated Fire Protection                                     Newry’s Economy to
 Responding to the needs of employers to comply fully
                                                                Benefit from £175K+ of
 with ever changing fire legislation yet also keep costs        Natural Gas Cost Savings
 down in these economically challenging times,
 Warrenpoint based Associated Fire Protection Ltd have          Over 280 households and businesses currently using
 recently announced their Ultimate Fire Safety Package.         natural gas in Newry have benefitted from considerable
 All businesses are required by law to carry out a Fire Risk    price decreases since the start of 2009 and the savings
 Assessment. Benefits include Free Fire Extinguishers and       are set to continue well into 2010 and beyond with firmus
 refills, free fire alarm batteries and detectors and           energy’s price guarantee against oil*
 emergency lighting batteries and bulbs plus much more. All     Firmus, who supplies natural     “It’s fair to say everyone has
 these benefits are available at fixed rates meaning no price   gas to Newry and nine other      been feeling the pinch over
 increases for 6 – 10 years! Tel: 028 4175 4499                 towns throughout Northern        the last few years and saving
 Generous discounts are available to all Chamber Members”       Ireland, decreased its           on energy costs, wherever
                                                                domestic tariff in September     possible, can really help
                                                                2009 and this will remain        whether you’re a homeowner
                                                                unchanged until at least         or running a business. Even
                                                                Autumn 2010. This                schools and public buildings
                                                                represents a saving of           have had to reassess their
                                                                around 29% per annum for         energy costs and look for the
                                                                domestic users who have          most cost-efficient solutions.
                                                                made the switch from oil to
                                                                natural gas.                     “While SMEs could have
                                                                                                 around an extra £2000 to
                                                                Businesses also benefitted       inject back into other aspects
                                                                from a price decrease when       of their business, home-
                                                                firmus announced its tariff in   owners that have made the
                                                                September 2009, the new          switch to firmus energy could
                                                                price represents a 33%           have an extra £202 in their
                                                                saving per annum against oil.    pocket to spend on other
                                                                The savings made by all          items this year which will be
                                                                firmus customers in Newry        welcomed by town traders
                                                                could be reinvested to benefit   during the current economic
                                                                the local economy –              climate.
                                                                collectively equating to a
                                                                staggering £175K in the year     “We are continuing to
                                                                ahead when compared              develop our natural gas
                                                                against current oil prices.      network through Newry and
                                                                                                 are committed to bringing the
                                                                Neil Holland, head of sales      benefits of natural gas to
                                                                and marketing, firmus energy     more homes and businesses
                                                                said:                            in the area.”
Wade Training Ltd is a successful training organisation
that has been in business for over 25 years, currently
providing Training For Success and Steps to Work
Steps to Work is a new contract awarded by the DEL,
replacing the former New Deal Programme. Wade Training
was successful in their bid for the Southern Region which
covers Newry, Portadown, Lurgan and Armagh.
The Steps to Work initiative has been introduced to:
Provide a flexible menu of training to assist unemployed and
economically inactive people back into work
Support people who move into employment and help them
sustain that employment
Provide high quality provision to meet individual and local
labour needs
• Training delivered at no cost
• Individuals fully trained on the job
• Employer subsidy provided to go towards an employees
• Weekly wage up to 6 months.
Wade Training would welcome the opportunity to meet with
representatives from any business to discuss any of the
above in further detail. Please contact Shauna Cahill,
Development Officer on 028 30833432

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CURTAIN –UP                                     ON NEW THEATRICAL COSTUME STORE
The Curtain has officially gone up on Theatrical
Costume Hire, which was launched last Friday 14
May in the WIN Business Park, Newry.
Set against a backdrop of mini-             is one of Ireland’s largest
sets, a walk-through of costumes            theatrical and historical costume
from musicals was staged,                   providers and are aptly placed to
alongside a vast array of outfits           coordinate any requirements that
depicting the changes of                    individuals or groups may have
historical fashion from medieval            when costuming their production,
to the present day.                         event or launch.

Performing the honours at a                 A huge range of full cast
special reception was actor,                productions can be catered for
author and broadcaster, Ivan                while the vast historical wardrobe
Little.                                     allows for the promotion or
                                            launch of events that benefit
Set up by two sisters - Glenda              from an accurate historic theme.                                 President Conor Patterson, Ms Ingrid Douglas, Mr Ivan Little,
and Ingrid Douglas, the company                                                                                     Ms Glenda Douglas and Mayor John Feehan

Newry business First Derivatives collected the Judges’
Special Recognition Award at the prestigious Ulster Bank
Business Achievers Awards in Dublin recently.

Six Northern Ireland companies, including Lir-Med, which was
entered for the scheme by Ulster Bank’s Newry Business
Centre, qualified for the all-island final by winning in the Ulster
section of the scheme. They were amongst a shortlist of 32
companies from across Ireland which were all represented at
the gala event.

First Derivates, a leading global provider of technology                                Desi Foley, Bernie McConville, Orla Jackson, Paul Duffy, Deirdre Maguire,
solutions to the capital markets sector, was chosen for special                                         Catherine Magee and Margaret McGivern

recognition due to impressive growth and a number of                             Newry Chamber of                             offered the opportunity to
successful recent acquisitions. The Newry based company                          Commerce & Trade hosted                      host a great evening of fun,
was established in 1996 and has more than 13 years                               a wine tasting networking                    entertainment, information,
experience working for leading financial institutions across the                 event in the Treasury                        networking and wine tasting
world. First Derivates has a turnover of £11.4m and employs                      Room, Bank Bar on Friday                     under the expert tutelage of
250 people.                                                                      26 March sponsored by the                    Denis Broderick, Woodford
                                                                                 Bank Bar & Bistro.                           Bourne NI’.

                                                                                 Ms Orla Jackson, Chief                       ‘I would like to thank the
                                                                                 Executive, Newry Chamber                     management and staff of The
                                                                                 stated, ‘This is the third                   Bank Bar and Bistro for their
                                                                                 annual wine tasting event we                 generously in sponsoring this
                                                                                 have held in association with                event and assisting with its
                                                                                 the Bank Bar. We were once                   organisation’.
                                                                                 again delighted to have been

                                                                                  Andrew Mackin Photography
    Ruth Connolly and Kevin Walsh from First Derivatives with Bernie                Andrew has just launched his new website and Facebook
   McConville and Damien Milligan Ulster Bank Newry Business Centre                   page, featuring commercial work including images for
                                                                                     business client’s websites & catalogues. Clients include
                                                                                           Canal Court, Daleview Furniture & EuroSpar.
                   If you wish to advertise, submit a Press release or               Andrew’s Event Photography high profile clients include
                        simply become a member please contact                          Jigsaw Europe, where they launched Westlife’s new
                         Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade                                           fragrance, “X by Westlife”.
                             Hill Street | Newry | Co. Down                         
                                    T: 028 30 250303                                       Email:
                            Email:                                               Ph: 00447864075409

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