Thu 5th Oct 2017
Companies ready to buy at NI Chamber meet the buyer event
Pictured L-R are David Quigley (Country Procurement Manager at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland); Ann McGregor (Chief Executive of NI Chamber) and Gavin Kennedy (Head of Business Banking NI at Bank of Ireland UK).
Companies from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are being encouraged to come along and meet with some of the top names in business at a ‘meet the buyer’ event in Belfast next month.
The latest Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Bank of Ireland UK meet the buyer will take place on 8 November 2017 from 9.30am-1.00pm at Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.
There are currently twelve high-profile buyers wishing to meet with local businesses on the day including: Coca-Cola HBC; Electric Ireland; Galgorm Resort & Spa; Harland & Wolff; Irish FA; Lagan Construction Group; McCue Crafted Fit; Moy Park; Seagate; SSE; Translink and Williams Industrial Services.
The event, which forms part of the NI Chamber and Bank of Ireland UK cross-border ‘Connecting for Growth’ programme, will allow businesses to make a pitch to these buyers whilst networking and developing links with each other through a number of activities including speed networking.
Commenting on the event, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber, said: “We are delighted to have secured the support of key buyers from across Northern Ireland and the cross border regions to meet with suppliers. Connecting for Growth is open to any business that has a product or service our buyers are interested in purchasing. There is no restriction on size, sector or support already received through the public sector. The programme is about creating sales opportunities, building networks and facilitating growth.”
David Quigley, Country Procurement Manager at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland, one of the event’s buyers, said: “At Coca-Cola HBC, we consider our suppliers critical partners, contributing to the ongoing and sustainable success of our business. We have been operating on the island of Ireland for over 77 years and we seek to develop relationships with local suppliers, large and small, that share similar values to us and conduct their business in an ethical and sustainable manner. With the quality and breadth of companies signed up to this NI Chamber event we believe it will give us the opportunity to further develop our local supply base and add value to the local economy.”
Gavin Kennedy, Head of Business Banking NI at Bank of Ireland UK, said: “Bank of Ireland UK is committed to bringing more than just funds to the business community. We aim to be a true partner to businesses of all sizes as they work through their growth cycle. From start-ups and small businesses to SMEs and corporates, the programme supports local businesses in directly pitching to buyers of significant companies from both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. I encourage businesses to register for this high energy event where we expect many new deals and connections to be made.”