September 2, 2011

Border People User Group(6) – Developing Your Cross-Border Business

2 September 2011
Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, 9am – 3pm

At the "Developing your Cross-Border Business" event in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny were (from left to right); Paddy Savage, Programme Manager, InterTradeIreland; Brian Morgan, Morgan McManus Solicitors; Margaret Hearty, Director of programmes and business services InterTradeIreland; Sinead McLaughlin, Chief Executive at The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce; Michael Farrell, Partner FPM Accountants; Kirsty McManus, Programme Manager IBEC CBI Joint Business Council; Feargal McCormack, Partner FPM Accountants; Nichola Bates, Grow Sales Online; Fergal McManus, Morgan McManus Solicitors; Rose Tierney, Tierney Tax Consultancy and Joe Shiels, Border People Project Manager

The Centre for Cross Border Studies in partnership with the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat manages the Border People website – Border People provides an online signposting service for people who wish to move across the border to live, work or study. This website includes information on issues such as taxation, social security, job seeking, health, banking, education, housing and telecommunications.

As part of this initiative we hold regular seminars which address particular barriers to cross-border mobility which previously have included issues for cross-border workers, cross-border banking and consumer issues.

Download the pdf of the programme
Download the pdf of the programme

The sixth seminar Developing Your Cross Border Business took place on the 2 September 2011 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny from 9am – 3pm. This event organised in colaboration with the IBEC CBI Joint Business Council was aimed at businesses based in the border region or businesses who work across the border and will cover issues such as cross-border employment law; sourcing bank finance for a cross-border business; cross-border business taxes; debt-collection; accessing business grants in each jurisdiction; cross-border business succession and the public tendering and procurement procedure.

Frontier workers or organisations or individuals with an interest in specific aspects of cross-border employment are welcome to attend and your input would be most welcome. Feedback from participants is invaluable in helping us to shape the content of the Border People website as we continue to develop.

For further information about Border People contact Joe Shiels telephone 028 3751 5291.


9am Registration, Coffee & Networking opportunity
9.15am Welcome by Joe Shiels Border People Project Manager
9.25am Presentation from Grainne Kelly, entrenpreneur and creator of the BubbleBum Child Car Booster Seat

Strand 1 Strand 2
SESSION ONE Chaired by Sinead McLaughlin, Chief Executive at The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Chaired by Margaret Hearty, Director of Programmes & Business Services InterTradeIreland
9.45am Cross-Border Employment Law

Brian Morgan, Morgan McManus Solicitors

Challenges facing SME’s & Support Mechanisms

John Trethowan, Credit Review Office Ireland

10.30am Sourcing Bank Finance for a Cross-Border Business

FPM Accountants

Debt Collection – Top 10 Tips

Brian Morgan, Morgan McManus Solicitors

11.15am Coffee Break
SESSION TWO Strand 1 Strand 2
11.30am Cross-Border Business Taxes

Desi Foley, FPM Accountants

Accessing Business Grants in each jurisdictionPaddy SavageInterTradeIreland
12.15pm Public Tendering and Procurement Procedures

Colin Borland, Bid Specialist, Bid Management Services

Cross Border Business Succession and related Tax Issues

Rose Tierney, Tierney Tax Consultancy and Fergal McManus, Morgan McManus Solicitors and Registered Tax Advisor

1pm-2pm Buffet Lunch

with a keynote address by Andrew Potter on the business opportunities of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013

2pm-3pm Digital Social media for the SME – the basics

Nicola Bates, Grow Sales Online