FRONTLINE PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS BUSINESS CONCERNS ALONG THE BORDER
The Frontline Project is a collection of testimonies collected from businesses along the southern border. It was compiled by the Brexit Border Blog on behalf of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and Chambers Ireland.
Over the months of January and February this year, 35 on-the-record interviews were conducted with business leaders from the retail, hospitality, engineering, transport, agri-food, construction and ecological sectors along with those involved in local chambers of commerce and local enterprise offices. A small sample feature in this morning’s report while the rest will be serialised over the coming months on the Brexit Border Blog – www.brexitborder.com.
The main challenges to business highlighted by those interviewed were currency volatility, loss of competitiveness, potential introduction of customs and tariffs, access to markets post-Brexit, cross-border freedom of movement, uncertainty and a general lack of clear and reliable information.
Contributions included in this morning’s report come from:
- Paddy Malone, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce
- Thomas McEvoy, Louth Local Enterprise Office
- Gabriel D’Arcy, LacPatrick
- Tony Morgan, Lipton’s Discount Store
- Billy Flynn, Flynn Furney Environmental Consultants
- John Foy, SuperValu
- Paul Quinn, Mastek
- Barry Smith, Abcon
- JJ O’Hara, Leitrim Tourism Network
- Colm McGrath, President, Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber
- Cecil Whiteside, Centra
- Mary Harty, Sligo Chamber
- Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber
- Michael Tunney, Donegal LEO
Press Release launching the Frontline Project is available here