THE Strabane Chamber of Commerce says that, following a recent ‘Euro initiative’, it is clear that local businesses consider cross border trade to be of “extreme importance.”
The scheme, to get as many shops and businesses in Strabane as possible to offer Euro for pound, was only instigated last week but according to chamber president, Martin Gallen, there has already been a great reception for the concept. The idea is that the initiative could provide a boost for town business and also preserve the strong cross border bond that already exists.
The chamber president and his vice-president, Anoop Guram of Masala Restaurant took time out of their own respective work to pound the local streets on Friday, trying to drum up support for the plan.
Mr Gallen said, “There has been a fantastic response from all the traders that could participate. A clear message has been received in Strabane that cross border trade is of extreme importance to business here.
“We had an amazing response. We spent Friday doing the rounds and we didn’t get around to everyone but anyone we approached is more than happy to join us in this venture.
“Business owners in town are very keen to retain cross border trade and the frustration at the mishandling of Brexit was tangible when we spoke with them. We didn’t even have to use our powers of persuasion the traders jumped at the initiative.”
Anyone interested in joining the scheme should contact Strabane Chamber of Commerce through the Facebook page.