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MLA Networking Event

MLAs get the opportunity to network with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors:

Phil Flanagan MLA networking with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors
Phil Flanagan MLA networking with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors
Mike Nesbitt MLA in discussions with with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors
Mike Nesbitt MLA in discussions with with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors
Sammy Douglas MLA networks with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors
Sammy Douglas MLA networks with members of the Young Directors Forum, Institute of Directors
Basil McCrea MLA during the Networking Event.
Basil McCrea MLA during the Networking Event.

 

 

 

 

Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport

Judith Cochrane MLA spent a half day at the George Best City Airport under the watchful eye of CEO Brian Ambrose, Operations Director Mark Beattie.

Following an overview of the airport and its operations, Brian and Mark gave Judith the opportunity to find out how the airport runs on a daily basis, with a detailed tour including time spent at Air Traffic Control and with the Fire and Rescue Service.

Judith Cochrane MLA with Brian Ambrose.
Judith Cochrane MLA with Brian Ambrose.
Judith Cochrane with Mark Beattie
Judith Cochrane with Mark Beattie
Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport
Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport
Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport
Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport
Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport
Judith Cochrane MLA Fellowship at George Best City Airport

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Flanagan MLA Fellowship with Manufacturing NI

Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair spent an afternoon with Stephen Kelly, CEO of Manufacturing NI and Michael Wightman, Managing Director at Cubis Industries Ltd to hear about the challenges facing the sector.

l-r, Michael Wightman, Managing Director at Cubis Industries Ltd, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair and Stephen Kelly, CEO of Manufacturing NI
l-r, Michael Wightman, Managing Director at Cubis Industries Ltd, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair and Stephen Kelly, CEO of Manufacturing NI
l-r, Michael Wightman, Managing Director at Cubis Industries Ltd, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair
l-r, Michael Wightman, Managing Director at Cubis Industries Ltd, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair

 

Passivhaus Educational Visit

Paul McAlister of Paul McAlister Architects hosted an NIABT educational visit, where he delivered a presentation about how the Passivhaus concept works and its many benefits. The NIABT delegation was joined at the visit by members of the Environment Committee and the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Steven Agnew MLA, ETI Committee; Paul McAlister, Paul McAlister Architects; Leslie Cree MLA, NIABT Board Member and Gordon Dunne MLA, ETI Committee.
Steven Agnew MLA, ETI Committee; Paul McAlister, Paul McAlister Architects; Leslie Cree MLA, NIABT Board Member and Gordon Dunne MLA, ETI Committee.
Paul McAlister talking Leslie Cree MLA through the functionality of the Passivhaus plant room.
Paul McAlister talking Leslie Cree MLA through the functionality of the Passivhaus plant room.
Passivhaus educational visit
Passivhaus educational visit

 

NIABT visit SolarPrint

Members of the NIABT joined the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee in visiting SolarPrint, an SME from Dublin, which has successfully drawn down funding from Framework Programme 7 (FP7).

During the visit, representatives from SolarPrint discussed their experience of the process of successfully applying for funding through FP7.

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l-r Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, Richard Twohig, SolarPrint, Patsy McGlone MLA, Chair of the Committee fior Enterprise, Trade and Investment, André Feron, SolarPrint

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Delegates from the NIABT and Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment at Solarprint.

 

NIABT Christmas Reception

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Ivan Lewis MP, provided the keynote address at the Christmas reception. During his speech, Mr Lewis focused on the direction of the Northern Ireland economy in 2014 and incorporated the “Small Business Saturday” initiative.

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Delegates at the NIABT Christmas reception

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l-r Sandra Overend MLA, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, Basil McCrea MLA, Ivan Lewis MP, Glyn Roberts, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Roger Pollen, John McCallister MLA

Briefing on Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Northern Ireland

Robin Swann MLA, Chair of the Committee for Employment and Learning, delivered a Briefing on the Committee’s Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Northern Ireland. Read the transcript.

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Robin Swann MLA addressing the NIABT

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Delegates in attendance at the briefing

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Ted Jensen and Darren Nixon from Eye4education

Invest NI deliver briefing on access to funding for SMEs

William McCulla, Invest NI Director of Corporate Finance and Martin Symington, Pure Roast Coffee, briefed the NIABT on the various Invest NI finance funding streams available to small and medium sized businesses. You can view the presentation here.

l-r Martin Symington, Pure Roast Coffee, William McCulla, Invest NI, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, Christine Crawford, Norbrook Laboratories, Chris Love, Norbrook Laboratories.
William McCulla, Invest NI Director of Corporate Finance and Martin Symington, Pure Roast Coffee, briefed the NIABT on the various Invest NI finance funding streams available to small and medium sized businesses. l-r Martin Symington, Pure Roast Coffee, William McCulla, Invest NI, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, Christine Crawford, Norbrook Laboratories, Chris Love, Norbrook Laboratories.
Martin Symington, Pure Roast Coffee
Invest NI deliver briefing on access to funding for SMEs. Pictured is Martin Symington, Pure Roast Coffee
NIABT delegates at the Invest NI briefing
Invest NI deliver briefing on access to funding for SMEs. Pictured are NIABT delegates at the briefing.

 

 

Annual General Meeting and Corporation Tax Debate

l-r, Dr Esmond Birnie, John Rooney, Daithí McKay MLA, Chris Lyttle MLA and Roger Pollen.
l-r, Dr Esmond Birnie, John Rooney, Daithí McKay MLA, Chris Lyttle MLA and Roger Pollen.

At the AGM, three new Board Members were elected.

Alban Maginness MLA, Judith Cochrane MLA and Alan Dickson of PricewaterhouseCoopers were welcomed to the Board by outgoing Chairperson, Chris Lyttle MLA.

A Chair and Vice Chair will be elected at the next Board meeting on 3rd June 2013.

Following the AGM, a panel debate took place on “Corporation Tax, where do we go from here?”

Daithí McKay MLA, Chairperson for the Committee for Finance and Personnel, Dr Esmond Birnie, Chief Economist with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Roger Pollen, Head of External Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses formed the panel.

Daithí McKay MLA addressing the delegates.
Daithí McKay MLA addressing the delegates.
Dr Esmond Birnie addressing the delegates.
Dr Esmond Birnie addressing the delegates.