Wed 19th Aug 2015
Firms urged to share views with Enterprise Minister at NI Chamber / SDC Trailers event
Businesses from across Northern Ireland are being invited to share their views on the economy with Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell, at an event in Toombridge next month.
The event forms part of the ‘Minister on the Move’ series, an initiative by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) in partnership with British Airways and American Airlines, which gives businesses the chance to speak directly with NI Assembly Ministers at a number of locations across the province.
One such event will be held at SDC Trailers in Toombridge next month and will involve an address from Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell MLA, followed by an open forum for delegates to share their views with the Minister, and to find out what the Northern Ireland Executive can do to help grow the private sector.
Guests will also hear the success story of SDC Trailers, one of the largest trailer manufacturers in Europe, and participate in a guided tour of the company’s facilities.
Speaking in advance of the event, Mark Cuskeran Managing Director of SDC Trailers, said:
“I am delighted to welcome the DETI Minister Jonathan Bell and our colleagues in the NI Chamber of Commerce to SDC Trailers. We’ve come through a sustained period of growth at SDC, adding significantly to our staffing levels and maintaining our position as the largest trailer manufacturer in the UK. I look forward to hearing the Ministers’ observations on our sector, and to explaining to him how we have grown new markets in recent times, particularly in the Middle East and northern Europe.”
Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber, described the initiative as being “important and mutually beneficial” for both business and government.
She added: “It will create a forum for the open exchange of views leading to a better understanding of the importance of public policy and the economic environment in which we operate.
“We all have the shared aim of growing the Northern Ireland economy and an initiative such as this one allows us to keep in regular contact along the way.”
Brenda Morgan, British Airways Partnership Manager for Northern Ireland, added:
“British Airways is delighted once again to sponsor the ‘Minister on the Move’ initiative. Supporting the growth of the local economy is of paramount importance. British Airways provides a vital airlink of up to six flights a day from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow as well as seamless connections from Terminal 5 to our global network, essential for the flow of business and commerce both into and out of Belfast.”
David Thomas Regional Director Sales, UK & Ireland concluded:
“American Airlines continues to be a strong partner to Northern Ireland businesses, providing year round connections across North America from Dublin via Philadelphia. This partnership coincides with American also launching our seasonal services from Dublin to New York, Chicago and Charlotte, and also from Shannon to Philadelphia. We are delighted to provide Chief Executives, Managing Directors and Business Leaders in Northern Ireland with the opportunity to share best practices for trading in the United States.”
The event with SDC Trailers in Toombridge will take place from 9.15am-11.30am on 9 September 2015.
To register, follow this link – Minister on the Move at SDC Trailers with DETI Minister, Jonathan Bell MLA