Thu 23rd Nov 2017
Birmingham Brings Business Opportunities
Pictured are a group of 18 local companies who have taken part in a near market trade mission organised by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) in partnership with Ulster Bank.
A group of 18 local companies have taken part in a near market trade mission organised by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) in partnership with Ulster Bank.
The mission to Birmingham, which is part of NI Chamber’s Learn Grow Excel initiative, is among a series of trade visits led by NI Chamber and Ulster Bank to help local firms exploit opportunities in larger cities in Great Britain.
The delegation comprised companies from across a range of sectors from construction to manufacturing to business services and included Acheson+Glover, Anaconda Equipment, Cherry Pipes, the McAvoy Group, Graham Construction, Cunningham Covers and Radius Plastics.
L-R: Nigel Walsh (Ulster Bank); Greg Lowson (Pinsent Masons); Sandra Scannell (NI Chamber) and John Hart (Pinsent Masons) at a networking reception hosted by Pinsent Masons in Birmingham.
During the 2 day visit, which included a networking reception hosted by Pinsent Masons, firms met representatives from some of the UK’s largest companies such as Carillion, a leading integrated support services company; Balfour Beatty, a multinational infrastructure group with capabilities in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments; Bouygues, one of the leading construction companies in the UK; and Willmott Dixon, the construction, residential and property support giant.
The group also met Robin Lapish, Supply Chain Manager for HS2, the new North-South rail link which is the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure project in the UK and the first major railway to be built north of London in over 150 years.
Commenting on the visit, Sandra Scannell, Head of Business Services at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “We are delighted to showcase so many of the excellent firms that took part in the trade mission to Birmingham which presented significant opportunities for delegate companies to establish new business opportunities.”
Nigel Walsh, Director Ulster Bank Commercial & Corporate Banking, said: “One of the main barriers to businesses selling outside their core markets is that they’re not aware of the full extent of the opportunities. That’s why we’re really pleased to be playing our part in supporting these near-market visits, helping to build both networks and confidence among our local businesses. We hope to give them the tools to expand in the markets that are right on our doorstep, something we’ve done with a wide range of businesses across many different sectors. As a bank, our aim is to provide meaningful help to Northern Ireland’s exporters and those businesses looking to scale-up through sustainable growth. Working with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce is an excellent way for us to do that.”