Largest ever North West trade delegation to visit Boston later this month

Civic leaders, businesses and officials from the North West will be embarking on their largest ever delegation to Boston, Massachusetts later this month.

The delegation, which is being jointly led by the Mayor of Derry, Cllr. Hilary McClintock, and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence Slowey, will see 17 businesses from across the North West region participate in the overseas trade mission with a view to expanding or further expanding their business in the US market.

The mission will comprise of a week long programme of events and meetings culminating with attendance at the Golden Bridges conference on the 18 November.

Along with both Councils, other participating organisations include Udaras na nGaeltachta, Invest NI, Enterprise Ireland, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College.

A new video showcasing the region as a prime location for business has been commissioned especially for this mission and this will be launched along with a new brochure to promote all aspects of the region.

John Kelpie, chief executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the North West region had a “compelling and attractive proposition for investors.”

He added: “We have a strong and diverse SME sector with a global outlook and our location on the island of Ireland means that we are the gateway to one of the world’s largest markets.

This promotional material will help us tell our story and share with our counterparts in Massachusetts all that our region has to offer.”


The delegation will include the following businesses:

  • GoWalkTalk
  • Gartan Technologies
  • Irish Gap Year
  • Irish Fish Canners
  • Qubizm
  • SLM Connect
  • Consilium Education
  • Oideas Gael
  • Hanna Hats
  • Sendmode
  • Kelsius
  • Kinnegar Brewing
  • Modern Democracy
  • Studio Donegal
  • O’Donnells Bakery
  • Randox
  • Donegal Socks
  • O’Neills Sportswear

The delegation will include representatives from the following organisations:

  • Donegal County Council
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Ulster University
  • Udaras na nGaeltachta
  • North West Regional College

Source: Derry Now