EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ event in Belfast highlights importance of entrepreneurship in a world in flux

Posted By: EY

31st Mar 2022

A group of the brightest entrepreneurial minds on the island of Ireland gather today in Belfast for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Spring Energiser event. The event is being held as part of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) programme, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Speaking at the event, held at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast, Rob Heron, Managing Partner, EY Northern Ireland, said:

“At the start of 2022, strong demand and high confidence levels had our EY Entrepreneur Of The Year family feeling upbeat about their prospects for the year ahead. Since then, the war in Ukraine has reminded us how fragile our world can be. It has compounded the rising cost of living, and alongside inflationary pressures and the long tail of the pandemic, the tone of the outlook for 2022 and beyond has changed. And yet, despite all of these geopolitical complexities,  we find our EOY community in their usual frame of mind, focussed on solutions and applying ingenuity, agility and determination to seek opportunities and solve problems where others see challenge.”

The EOY programme not only recognises the work of exceptional entrepreneurs but also provides an invaluable business network and business development opportunities for entrepreneurs within a hugely supportive group.  The Spring Energiser aims to drive the conversation on how entrepreneurs can tackle our world’s biggest challenges while also taking their businesses to the next level.

Roger Wallace, Partner Lead, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, commented:

“In a year that will be dominated by rising prices, every business and individual will be looking at what they spend, where they spend it and what value they get from their purchases. Within this flux lies tremendous opportunity that many of our EOY family are already seizing. The event today aims to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage with and learn from a like-minded community of brave, unrelentingly innovative thinkers that are continuously striving to meet the needs of their customers, their communities and society as a whole.”

Other speakers at the event include Former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster; Mark Dowds, Venture Partner at Anthemis; ESB Executive Director, Marguerite Sayers; Domhnal Slattery, CEO, Avalon; and former Ireland International rugby player, Rory Best.

Photographs will be shared by Darren Kidd, PressEye photography.