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ASM kick starts ‘Cross Border Bureau' seminar series with InterTradeIreland.

ASM kick starts ‘Cross Border Bureau' seminar series with InterTradeIreland.

11 September 15

Yesterday (Thursday 10th September) saw award-winning firm ASM Chartered Accountants kick-start a seminar series aimed at providing SMEs interested in growing their cross border trade with practical financial advice.

The eight-seminar series, known as the Cross Border Bureau, is being delivered in partnership with InterTradeIreland and will now travel across the North and South of Ireland over the coming weeks.

The free seminars will be in Belfast (17 September 2015), Magherafelt (24 September & 5 November), Dundalk (8 October) and Dungannon (22 October), at which delegates will be addressed by keynote speakers from ASM and InterTradeIreland. Two extra dates have also been added in Omagh (29 September) and Enniskillen (7 October). Free downloadable materials will be produced by ASM for those who cannot attend in person.

The guidance will focus on matters of business growth, specifically, taxation, payroll, pensions and VAT, with emphasis on the issues faced by those companies and business people that have interests in both jurisdictions. In keeping with InterTradeIreland’s mission to support SMEs to identify and develop cross-border business opportunities, the initiative will provide valuable information on setting up a cross-border business including up to date regulatory information to keep your business compliant and identifying potential sources of financial funding.

Ronan McGuirk, Director, ASM Chartered Accountants, Newry, said:

‘Our first seminar today in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry went fantastically well.

“We had a vast array of businesses in attendance from all different sectors, all with a desire to learn more about how they can grow their trade across the border.

“Whilst today’s seminar focused on businesses currently operating in the North wanting to spread South, we will also be doing the reverse when we visit Dundalk on the 8th October.

"With six offices in both jurisdictions– four North and two South of the border, ASM is perfectly placed to give businesses with a target on cross border growth, advice on a range of financial issues. Alongside InterTradeIreland, we hope we can take that one step further and open up delegates to further funding information and contacts which will help them achieve a range of business objectives."

Paddy Savage, Operations Manager, Trade Programmes, InterTradeIreland, commented:

"Events such as today’s are great opportunities for SMEs to find out more about the opportunities that exist right here on our doorstep. Businesses will take away valuable practical information on all cross-border matters and have an opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals. Any business, new or established should consider coming along to what will be informative and helpful events for businesses interested in growing their business."

ASM Chartered Accountants has grown rapidly since its launch in 1995 and is now one of the largest accounting and management consultancy firms in Ireland, with offices in Belfast, Dublin, Dundalk, Dungannon, Magherafelt and Newry. The company's 160 strong team comprises specialists in a range of accountancy disciplines and related skills that include: corporate finance, audit and accounting, internal audit, consultancy services, taxation, hotels, tourism and leisure, insolvency, and forensic accounting.

InterTradeIreland, headquartered in Newry, County Down, helps SMEs across Ireland, both North and South, by offering practical advice on cross-border business funding, intelligence and contacts. The organisation is jointly funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Northern Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) in the Republic of Ireland.

The events are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Thursday 17th September 2015 – The Merchant Hotel, Belfast – 8.00am to 9.30am Thursday 24th September –Glenavon House Hotel, Magherafelt, 8.15am to 10.00am Thursday 8th October - Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, 8.00am to 9.30am Thursday 22nd October – Quinn’s Corner, Dungannon 8.00am to 9.30am Thursday 5 November 2015 – Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry/Londonderry - 8.15am to 10.00am

A limited number of places are still available, to book your FREE place, visit http://www.asmaccountants.com/ Refreshments and light breakfast will be provided.