US experts to advise businesses

WITH all the talk recently of Northern Ireland’s “essential” relationship with the United States supported by the recent visit of the President, Barack Obama, to Ireland shores it’s no wonder that many local businesses across Magherafelt are wondering how this might translate into new relationships for them with their “cousins across the pond”.

This is the next topic for the Magherafelt “Be International” programme seminar taking place today (Thursday) at 8am in the council offices.

Anne-Marie Campbell, Director of Development at Magherafelt District Council, said the said the event is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses forge links with businesses in America.

“The council is delighted to announce that it has secured Mr Jim Lamb, the Director of the Irish Institute in Pittsburgh to fly over and talk exclusively with Magherafelt small businesses on trading in the US,” said Ms Campbell.

“This is a great opportunity for our local businesses to get a better understanding of what business links they can make and what they need to do to buy and sell products and services into the states.”

Nicholas Lestas, Managing Partner of Lestas Consulting, urged local businessmen and women to attend the seminar. “This session is completely free to any business in the Magherafelt District Council area and promises to give you a new and exciting insight into the opportunities that International trade with the US offers,” said Mr Lestas.

“People often think this means spending vast amounts of time and money travelling and setting up new trading systems, but they couldn’t be further from the truth!

“With the opportunities presented by the Internet, developing links is only a ‘click’ away”

Magherafelt District Council chairman Councillor Ian Milne said there is a greater need than ever for events like this.

“The interest shown for the Be International Programme, even at this early stage is excellent. Businesses in Magherafelt are clear that in this difficult climate they need to ‘think outside of the box’ in terms of their products, services and trading relationships.

“This is exactly how the council can act as a catalyst to help our local businesses and I would urge any business owners.”

For more information contact Magherafelt District Council or Lestas Consulting.