New Free Trade Support Service Helps Firms Face Brexit



‘BIG: British Irish Gateway for Trade’ launched to connect British and Irish businesses

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Tuesday 3rd January, 2017: A new service to help more Irish and UK businesses trade together is being launched as 2017 sees firms prepare for Brexit.

‘BIG: The British Irish Gateway for Trade’ is an initiative that links together members of business
organisations like Chambers of Commerce and trade groups across Britain and Ireland. At the launch
of BIG, John McGrane of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce welcomed the cooperation of public
and private sector supporters of business growth. Mr McGrane said: “At a time when businesses are
preparing for Brexit, they appreciate a resource like BIG which helps them to grow their business by
being introduced to more customers and suppliers across the UK and Ireland”. He went on to note
that: “2017 will focus all our minds on the importance of the trade between Britain and Ireland which
supports over 400,000 jobs. Firms on both sides of the Irish Sea are looking for more trading
opportunities and this new service supports the work of Chambers and the various state agencies to
make those connections easier to find for businesses north south east and west.”

The new service lets businesses find the trading partners they want within a trusted network of
likeminded firms across the two islands. It’s backed up by the resources of the British Irish Chamber
of Commerce and the input of enterprise supporters and Chambers. The new service, which is free to
use for members of trade organisations, is now open for registration at


For more information or to interview John McGrane, please contact:

Nora Eastwood / / +353 87 175 4149



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