Thu 19th Sep 2013
Sept 13: Working towards brilliant
A rising economic tide in Britain should help lift business boats here. Certainly Britain is currently enjoying the fastest economic growth in more than 15 years and employment prospects are better there than they have been in the past six years…and the prospects here are looking more positive that they have for some considerable time.
On Thursday, the Chamber will be down at Belfast Harbour, the iconic Titanic Signature Building to be exact, aiming to help in charting a new course for business especially in terms of the products we ship abroad.
Our one-day Growing Something Brilliant Conference, backed by Airtricity and is free, is designed to showcase the successes of local companies and to instill greater confidence and thereby encourage a great many more businesses to grasp opportunities developing in global markets.
What we want to do is to create a new dynamic for business here. We can and must do so. We need to be positioning Northern Ireland business now to benefit from accelerated growth in Britain and other markets in Europe and further afield.
The conference will explore how some of our biggest exporters have achieved success and seek to guide other businesses, particularly the smaller enterprises which are the backbone of the local economy, in taking steps to faster growth.
We want each manager of each participating company to consider what they need to do to win more business abroad that will help in driving the economy forward faster and thereby creating greater opportunities for our people in terms of new and better jobs and also scope for young people to gains skills through apprenticeship programmes. It’s all about inspiration and self-help.
We can learn to help ourselves, to learn from each other’s experiences and to work in partnership with our own government to develop a framework in which businesses will set up, invest, export and grow.
The conference will certainly provide a platform for action and is not intended as a merely a talking shop. It will be built around interactive workshops. It will be a dynamic learning and networking environment that will help in shaping a better and more prosperous future for all our people.
Furthermore, participating companies will also have a chance to network with local ministers and other party politicians and help them in shaping policies that will create conditions for business here to prosper. This will help the Chamber in one of our key roles – lobbying the Executive and the UK Government to respond faster and more effectively to the needs of business throughout the United Kingdom. Sustainable, long-term growth can be assured by working as closely as possible with government.
When business works more successfully, Northern Ireland will be a better, more prosperous and stable community in which as many people as possible have a worthwhile stake.