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Dissolution of the NIABT – Update

At its meeting on 13th November 2017 the Board of Trustees agreed a proposal that the NIABT be dissolved, with the membership voting to dissolve the Trust at the AGM on 13th December 2017. This decision was agreed in the context that the Northern Ireland Assembly is committed to developing a new programme of work to engage business. At subsequent Board Meetings, Board Members discussed options for the disbursement of NIABT funds and unanimously voted that any decision of how the funds should be disbursed would be put on hold until the political situation is clearer. Given the resumption of the Assembly the Board will meet on 22nd January 2020 to further this discussion.

During this time the Northern Ireland Assembly has been developing its Corporate Plan which contains reference to the establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Network. Work on its development will continue in tandem with the dissolution of the Trust, ensuring continuity of the relationship between business and the Assembly established by the NIABT.

John McCallister MLA visits Danske Bank on NIABT fellowship

John McCallister MLA spent the afternoon at Danske Bank headquarters in Belfast to find out the banking sector. During his visit, Mr McCallister was greeted by Kevin Kingston (Deputy CEO) who explained key facts about Danske Bank in Northern Ireland, including their competitive market and business performance.

Mr McCallister then met with John Henning (Head of Agricultural Relations) where he was able to find out more about agriculture and business banking.

Brian Telford (Head of Markets) then spent some time explaining to John how this area of banking operates.

Annual President’s Dinner on 18 May 2015

Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of St James, Matthew W. Barzun,  provided the keynote address at the annual President’s Dinner. Local journalist Colletta Smith interviewed the Ambassador on a number of business issues of interest to the special bond between Northern Ireland and America.

Colletta Smith with Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun
Colletta Smith with Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun

Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin, NIABT President greets Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun
Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin, NIABT President greets Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun

NIABT Women in Leadership event

On 28th April, the NIABT hosted a women in leadership event.

Minister Arlene Foster MLA, Eileen Mullan, Strictly Boardroom and Caitríona Ruane MLA spoke about different elements of women in leadership position from their own experiences.

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Caption, l-r Minister Arlene Foster MLA, Eileen Mullan, Strictly Boardroom, Judith Cochrane MLA, NIABT Chair.

South Antrim MLAs visit the Antrim Asda store for NIABT Fellowship

On Friday 16th January, Joe McDonald, Corporate Affairs Manager, Asda NI welcomed Pam Cameron MLA,  Trevor Clarke MLA, Paul Girvan MLA and Danny Kinahan MLA to the Antrim Asda store.

During the educational visit, the MLAs learned about the work done by Asda with the local community, their support for local businesses and producers and also the development opportunities for Asda staff.

Joe McDonald Asda, Trevor Clarke MLA, Pam Cameron MLA, Paul Girvan MLA and Brian Conway, Asda
Joe McDonald Asda, Trevor Clarke MLA, Pam Cameron MLA, Paul Girvan MLA and Brian Conway, Asda

MLAs pictured with the Asda team
MLAs pictured with the Asda team

120         Paul Girvan MLA, Trevor Clarke MLA and Pam Cameron MLA checking out the Asda goods
120 Paul Girvan MLA, Trevor Clarke MLA and Pam Cameron MLA checking out the Asda goods

European Education Programme in Brussels

The NIABT recently embarked on a European Education Programme in Brussels. Download the presentations: Opportunities for SME EngagementHorizon 2020 SME InstrumentNI Executive Office – Desk Officer Presentation.

Joann Guest, Dr Patrice Cairns, Liv Roberts, Phil Flanagan MLA and Alastair Pollock at a Committee meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee
Joann Guest, Dr Patrice Cairns, Liv Roberts, Phil Flanagan MLA and Alastair Pollock at a Committee meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee

NIABT delegates observe at a Committee meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee
NIABT delegates observe at a Committee meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee

Diane Dodds MEP and Jim Nicholson MEP addressing NIABT members at the recent European Programme on 17-19 November 2014.
Diane Dodds MEP and Jim Nicholson MEP addressing NIABT members at the recent European Programme on 17-19 November 2014.

l-r John Rooney, Heidi-Beth Hudson, Wilfred Mitchell OBE, Sammy Douglas MBE MCA MLA, JOhn Friel, Jonathan McAlpine and Roger POllen at the European Parliament with the NIABT.
l-r John Rooney, Heidi-Beth Hudson, Wilfred Mitchell OBE, Sammy Douglas MBE MCA MLA, John Friel, Jonathan McAlpine and Roger Pollen at the European Parliament with the NIABT.

NIABT delegation at the NI Executive Office in Brussels
NIABT delegation at the NI Executive Office in Brussels

Danny Kinahan MLA visited officials from Danske Bank

On 4th November 2014 Danny Kinahan MLA visited officials from Danske Bank on an NIABT fellowship to find out more about the banking sector.

During his visit, Danny met with Kevin Kingston, Deputy CEO, who provided an excellent overview of Danske Bank in Northern Ireland.

Danny then had the chance to meet with Richard Caldwell, Head of Finance Centre, to discuss business banking and the challenges facing this area of banking in both the short, medium and long term.

Accompanying Danny Kinahan MLA during his visit was Simon Little, Corporate Affairs Manager.

Danny Kinahan MLA pictured with Richard Caldwell, Head of Finance Centres, Danske Bank
Danny Kinahan MLA pictured with Richard Caldwell, Head of Finance Centres, Danske Bank

Danny Kinahan MLA pictured with Kevin Kingston Deputy CEO of Danske Bank
Danny Kinahan MLA pictured with Kevin Kingston Deputy CEO of Danske Bank

Belfast Rapid Transit system – How will it affect your business?

Danny Kennedy MLA, Minister for Regional Development and Trevor Clarke MLA, Chairperson of the Committee for Regional Development briefed the NIABT on plans for the Belfast Rapid Transit system on 14 October 2014. Download the presentation.

l-r Dr Patrice Cairns RICS, Minister Danny Kennedy MLA, Judith Cochrane MLA, NIABT Chair, Trevor Clarke MLA, Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, NIABT Vice Chair
l-r Dr Patrice Cairns RICS, Minister Danny Kennedy MLA, Judith Cochrane MLA, NIABT Chair, Trevor Clarke MLA, Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, NIABT Vice Chair

Bronwyn McGahan MLA with Seán Rogers MLA
Bronwyn McGahan MLA with Seán Rogers MLA

Leslie Cree MBE MLA and Michael Bell, NIFDA
Leslie Cree MBE MLA and Michael Bell, NIFDA

Glenn Bradley, Hardscape with Sammy Douglas MBE MCA MLA
Glenn Bradley, Hardscape with Sammy Douglas MBE MCA MLA