Derry’s business community has been urged to start getting ready now in order to maximise the opportunities present by next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann.
A delegation of local business people and their representatives visited Cavan last weekend to see at first hand how traders there benefitted from the huge influx of people attending the fleadh.
Jim Roddy from the City Centre Initiative, who was among those who travelled to Cavan, encouraged local traders to start preparing now.
“Along with the Chamber and the fleadh executive committee we are hoping to organise a series of workshops with business people from Cavan to follow on from out meeting with the Cavan Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to encourage people who will be trading next year to make the most of this opportunity and to start preparing for it now.
“One thing we noticed in Cavan was the fair pricing policy and that needs to be replicated in Derry. As well as attracting visitors to the city to the fleadh, which will of course benefit local businesses, we want those visitors to have a positive experience and to return to Derry in the future,” he said.
Mr Roddy is also the chair of the business subcommittee of the Derry fleadh organising team.