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DWF proudly sponsors Trade NI event in Dublin and encourages further investment in Northern Ireland

26 June 2024

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has sponsored the Trade NI event in Dublin this week. As the main sponsor, DWF reinforces its commitment to fostering economic collaboration across the island of Ireland.

Trade NI, the leading business alliance representing Retail NI, Manufacturing NI, and Hospitality Ulster, has been a driving force in advocating for greater economic cooperation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This event, hosted at Iveagh House by Tánaiste Micheál Martin, is set to bring together key business leaders and investors to discuss the economic opportunities and challenges facing the region.

The event in Dublin builds on the momentum of previous significant engagements by Trade NI, including a reception at Westminster and the Embassy of Ireland in London in May. The alliance continues to advocate for the benefits of the unique opportunities in Northern Ireland and the strategic advantage of access to both the EU single market and the UK internal market.

Julie Galbraith, managing partner of DWF in Belfast, said: “We are delighted to support the Trade NI alliance at this pivotal event in Dublin. Our ongoing sponsorship highlights DWF’s dedication to promoting economic prosperity and investment in Northern Ireland. 

"With the recent return of the NI Executive, there is a renewed focus on fostering collaboration and securing investment across all sectors. At DWF, we have been working diligently on cross border deals helping our clients navigate the complexities of cross border transactions and supporting investment across the island of Ireland.”

Speaking jointly, the leadership of Trade NI, Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI, Glyn Roberts, Retail NI and Colin Neill, Hospitality Ulster said: 
“We only have to look at recent cross border business statistics, tourism numbers and trade to see how important all-island activity is to us in Northern Ireland and the potential it holds.”

“There is recognition on both sides of the border on the benefits of the all-island proposition and our access to both the EU single market and the UK internal market - it makes us strategically well placed.” 
“The Irish Government has played a significant role in supporting the northern economy, most recently through investing in key physical and economic infrastructure such as the A5, Narrow Water Bridge and the new teaching block planned for Ulster University in Derry through its Shared Island funding. Its work in helping restore the NI Executive means that we can now place our collective energy and efforts in securing investment, capitalising on the all island economy and reminding people that we are one of the most economically exciting places in the world to start and develop a business.”

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