Creighton urges Kildare companies to look outside UK in post-Brexit briefing

North Kildare Chamber event

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Creighton urges Kildare companies to look outside UK in post-Brexit briefing

Cllr Deborah Callaghan, President of the Chamber Vivian Cummins, Guest Speaker Lucinda Creighton and CEO of the Chamber Allan Shine at Wednesday's post-Brexit briefing

Former TD and Renua founder Lucinda Creighton urged Kildare companies to look for business opportunities further afield than the UK.

Speaking last Wednesday morning at the North Kildare Chamber's post-Brexit briefing at the Osprey Hotel, the former Minister for European Affairs said the Nordic countries are a huge market to explore.

But she warned Kildare companies to plan carefully.

"Scenario planning is essential , businesses must make sure that existing sterling contracts are feasible and to make sure that future contracts have necessary exit clauses," she added.

President of the Chamber Vivian Cummins, Guest Speaker Lucinda Creighton and mayor of Kildare Ivan Keatley at the briefing

Creighton, who now practices as an EU public affairs consultant, urged the Chamber to look at creating a Fintech (financial technology) Hub for Kildare.  “Kildare is unique with its close proximity to Dublin and of course Dublin Airport.  The Fintech opportunities are very realistic and Kildare is well positioned to create such a Hub,” she said.

North Kildare Chamber president Vivian Cummins urged Kildare businesses to keep up to date with the ongoing Brexit issues. He stated that the Chamber will be part of a Chambers Ireland delegation in October to Brussels where they will meet with Eurochambres, MEPS and various EU Director Generals.