Clipper Round the World Race hailed as a fantastic opportunity for Derry to generate global connections
18 Jul 2018 2:42 PM
Derry's involvement in the Clipper Round the World Race has been hailed as a fantastic opportunity to generate global connections. Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer McKeever made the comments during her address at the Clipper Connect Business Series event in Roco on Derry’s quay
on Tuesday evening. She said: “Our involvement in the city with Clipper is about global connections. Clipper gives us a fantastic opportunity to reach out across the globe to businesses, investors and potential visitors. “Our message is that this is very much a city and region ready and open for business. We are actively looking for new connections to do business with and new ways to do business. “Making connections is at the heart of what we do at the Chamber. We want our member companies to find new customers and suppliers, and to make interesting new connections that they can learn and grow from. Ms McKeever said that despite recently intensified geo-political challenges, local businesses are not “wringing their hands while waiting for the whole post-Brexit jigsaw to fit into place”. “They are seeking new markets and new customers; they are creating new processes and products to ensure they continue to compete and succeed in a global environment. They continue to grow their businesses and continue to be industry leaders and role models,” she added. Ms McKeever paid tribute to Clipper Round the World Race founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson - the first person to sail non-stop and single-handed around the globe - who attended the Derry event. “Speaking of role models, we are delighted to be joined this evening by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and we are grateful sir that you started the journey that we in Derry/Londonderry are now a proud part of.” The Clipper Connect Business Series event was jointly hosted by the Chamber and Derry City and Strabane District Council at Roco, where award-winning gin cocktails were served up by The Muff Liquor Company.
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