Wed 14th Aug 2013
NI Chamber to host Major Business Conference in September 2013
Mark Nodder, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and David Manning, Director of Corporate Affairs at Airtricity get prepared for the Growing Something Brilliant conference
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce today announced a dynamically different business conference to take place at Titanic Belfast on 19 September 2013. The Growing Something Brilliant Conference is expected to attract over 300 business leaders from across all industries, and is being hosted in partnership with energy provider Airtricity.
Split into a number of interactive zones, businesses will be provided with an opportunity to gain support, seek inspiration and benefit from exceptional networking opportunities designed to help stimulate growth in their business. The event will also showcase a number of local companies who are playing a leading role on the world stage.
As well as enabling businesses to learn and share, they will have their voice heard by government ministers and senior economists and be able to contribute to a special report ‘Exporting: The Challenge’, compiled by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce which will be presented to government immediately after the conference.
Mark Nodder, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce said:
“Growing Something Brilliant is the private sector’s response to helping businesses grow. We want to inspire more businesses to set up, grow and export by looking at what has already been achieved by the business community in Northern Ireland, and sharing the good news that is out there.
We must also celebrate the successes of our smaller companies and first-time exporters, to encourage others to follow suit. There is business to be won abroad, by companies of all sizes and all sectors however we need to inspire these companies to grow.
By growing something brilliant we can develop our economy, driven by our own energy, commitment and ambition.”
Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce said:
“Northern Ireland has only 1700 active exporters – that’s less than 2 per cent of our business base. We lag behind the rest of the UK, and we need to rectify that urgently.
At the launch of Growing Something Brilliant in May 2013 we called for businesses to tell us the one thing that would help them grow. We have had over 500 responses to date with the main issues relating to access to finance, the need for a reduction in business rates and a continued call for lower corporation tax.
On 19 September we will aim to address these key challenges and explore how businesses themselves can help get the Northern Ireland economy moving again.”
David Manning, Director of Corporate Affairs at Airtricity commented:
“Airtricity is extremely proud to be supporting the Chamber’s ‘Growing Something Brilliant’ conference. Being a part of the Chamber movement in Northern Ireland is not only great for our business profile as we continue to advance our growth, but it also affords us with superb opportunities to exchange views and opinions with other business leaders across the country, which is absolutely invaluable for everyone in business today.”
In addition to headline sponsor Airtricity, the Growing Something Brilliant conference is also supported BDO, easyJet, NYSE Euronext and Pinsent Masons and Titanic Belfast. The conference will also feature a number of keynote speakers from business including Group Chief Executive Dale Farm Dr David Dobbin and Chief Operating Officer EMEA NYSE Technologies Simon McDowell.