NIABT Brexit Debate

On Monday 16th November 2015, the NIABT, in partnership with QUB, held the second of a two part event focusing on the upcoming EU Referendum and how this is likely to impact on Northern Ireland.

Colette Fitzgerald, NI Head of the European Commission Regional Office, Nigel Smyth, CBI NI, Mike Nesbitt MLA and Patsy McGlone MLA ,Chairpersons of the Committees for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and, for Enterprise, Trade and Investment respectively formed the panel and took questions from the audience.

The Panel discussed a number of issues of concern to local businesses, ranging from agriculture, trade and cultural links with the rest of the Europe and border controls as well as looking at the current ideas for reforming the EU.

The conclusion from the large majority of the audience was that a reformed EU is the best option for the Northern Ireland economy.

NIABT Chair Robin Newton MLA opens the event
NIABT Chair Robin Newton MLA opens the event
Panel taking questions from the audience, l-r Colette Fitzgerald, Patsy McGlone MLA, Mike Nesbitt MLA and Nigel Smyth
Panel taking questions from the audience, l-r Colette Fitzgerald, Patsy McGlone MLA, Mike Nesbitt MLA and Nigel Smyth

NIABT delegation visits Cardiff and Swansea

NIABT delegation visits Cardiff and Swansea as part of an educational programme in Wales.

NIABT delegation pictured at Swansea Bay
NIABT delegation pictured at Swansea Bay
Jo-Anne Dobson MLA pictured with Alice Randone from the Welsh Parliament
Jo-Anne Dobson MLA pictured with Alice Randone from the Welsh Parliament
NIABT delegation pictured with Ioan Jenkins, Development Director for Wales, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
NIABT delegation pictured with Ioan Jenkins, Development Director for Wales, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
John Dallat MLA opens the meeting on public procurement with Value Wales
John Dallat MLA opens the meeting on public procurement with Value Wales
Jo-Anne Dobson MLA and Glyn Roberts pictured with William Graham, Chair of the Committee for Enterprise and Business
Jo-Anne Dobson MLA and Glyn Roberts pictured with William Graham, Chair of the Committee for Enterprise and Business
Leslie Cree MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA and Richard Stewart pictured at Welsh ICE in Caerphilly
Leslie Cree MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA and Richard Stewart pictured at Welsh ICE in Caerphilly

EU Referendum / Brexit debate

On Monday 28th September, the NIABT in partnership with QUB held the first of a two part event, themed on the upcoming EU Referendum and how this is likely to impact on Northern Ireland.

Colette Fitzgerald, Head of the European Commission Regional Office in Northern Ireland, Professor David Phinnemore and Dr Lee McGowan addressed the audience on the issues facing Northern Ireland on the outcome of an announcement of a Brexit.

Robin Newton MLA, NIABT Chair opens the event.
Robin Newton MLA, NIABT Chair opens the event.

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.

The NIABT held its AGM on Monday 15th June 2015

The NIABT President, Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin MLA presided over the NIABT AGM on Monday evening. Four new Board members were elected to the Board of Trustees, namely Norah Anne Barron, Nicola Bothwell, Noel Brady and Barry Turley.

Members of the NIABT Board pictured at the first meeting of the new Board following the 2015 AGM. l-r Richard Stewart, Nicola Bothwell, Phil Flanagan MLA, Chris brown, Stephen Kelly, Vice Chair, John Stewart, Barry Turley, Noel Brady
Members of the NIABT Board pictured at the first meeting of the new Board following the 2015 AGM.
l-r Richard Stewart, Nicola Bothwell, Phil Flanagan MLA, Chris brown, Stephen Kelly, Vice Chair, John Stewart, Barry Turley, Noel Brady

 

Following the formalities, Professor Neil Gibson delivered an economic briefing where he looked at how society can all contribute to the future economy of Northern Ireland.

View Professor Gibson’s briefing.

Board member Michael Bell chaired the questions for Professor Neil Gibson.
Board member Michael Bell chaired the questions for Professor Neil Gibson.

 

NIABT delegation embarks on a USA Programme during 1st to 5th June 2015

An NIABT delegation including six MLAs and nine business representatives took part in a week long educational programme during the first week of June this year. The programme started off in Washington DC where Norman Houston, Director at the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, D.C. had arranged two days of intensive meetings and presentations.  The first meeting was with David Slack, Vice President, Government Affairs Bombardier and Ashleigh de la Torre, Principal at The Bockorny Group and during the stay in Washington D.C., the group also met with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Congressman Richard Neal and Gerri Fiala: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor.

The group then moved on to Baltimore for meetings with members of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Mike Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and Mark Montgomery, President and CEO of Ports America.

The week ended with attendance at the two day New York New Belfast Conference where NIABT members were directly involved with a number of break out sessions on a variety of topics such as  Transformational Projects in Cities on the Rise and How can Belfast make itself a must-visit destination for Irish Americans?

NIABT delegation pictured with Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York
NIABT delegation pictured with Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York
NIABT delegation pictured with Norman Houston, Director at the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, D.C.
NIABT delegation pictured with Norman Houston, Director at the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, D.C.
NIABT delegation pictured with Gizachew Andargeh, International Business Manager, Business Development and Strategy Division at the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia Government
NIABT delegation pictured with Gizachew Andargeh, International Business Manager, Business Development and Strategy Division at the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia Government
NIABT delegation pictured with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Head of the Delegation of the European Union
NIABT delegation pictured with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Head of the Delegation of the European Union
NIABT pictured with Sean Heather, Vice President, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation and Executive Director, International and Antitrust Policy
NIABT pictured with Sean Heather, Vice President, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation and Executive Director, International and Antitrust Policy
Robert Harkness and Wilfred Mitchell pictured with Sean Heather, Vice President, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation and Executive Director, International and Antitrust Policy
Robert Harkness and Wilfred Mitchell pictured with Sean Heather, Vice President, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation and Executive Director, International and Antitrust Policy
Christine Watson and Nicola Bothwell pictured at the Capitol Building
Christine Watson and Nicola Bothwell pictured at the Capitol Building
Wilfred Mitchell and John Rooney pictured at the Capitol Building
Wilfred Mitchell and John Rooney pictured at the Capitol Building
Michael Bell pictured at the Capitol Building
Michael Bell pictured at the Capitol Building
Nicola Bothwell and Christine Watson pictured with Chris Crosbie and Stewart Matthews from the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, D.C.
Nicola Bothwell and Christine Watson pictured with Chris Crosbie and Stewart Matthews from the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, D.C.
NIABT delegation pictured with Congressman Richard Neal
NIABT delegation pictured with Congressman Richard Neal
Phil Flanagan MLA, John McCallister MLA, Robin Swann MLA and Glyn Roberts pictured outside the Capitol Building
Phil Flanagan MLA, John McCallister MLA, Robin Swann MLA and Glyn Roberts pictured outside the Capitol Building
NIABT delegation pictured with Susan Davis, Founder and Chairman of Susan Davis International
NIABT delegation pictured with Susan Davis, Founder and Chairman of Susan Davis International
Phil Flanagan MLA, Colin Neil, Nicola Bothwell, Christine Watson, Robin Swann MLA and John McCallister MLA pictured outside the 9/11 Museum in New York
Phil Flanagan MLA, Colin Neil, Nicola Bothwell, Christine Watson, Robin Swann MLA and John McCallister MLA pictured outside the 9/11 Museum in New York
Pat Ramsey MLA pictured with Andrea Haughian, VP Development Invest NI USA
Pat Ramsey MLA pictured with Andrea Haughian, VP Development Invest NI USA
Pat Ramsey MLA, Robin Swann MLA and John McCallister MLA pictured with New York New Belfast Conference delegates
Pat Ramsey MLA, Robin Swann MLA and John McCallister MLA pictured with New York New Belfast Conference delegates
Pat Ramsey MLA pictured with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Head of the Delegation of the European Union
Pat Ramsey MLA pictured with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Head of the Delegation of the European Union
Christine Watson and Wilfred Mitchell pictured with James Bond at Living Classrooms, Baltimore
Christine Watson and Wilfred Mitchell pictured with James Bond at Living Classrooms, Baltimore
Judith Cochrane MLA chairs a New York New Belfast Conference session on Transformational Projects in Cities on the Rise
Judith Cochrane MLA chairs a New York New Belfast Conference session on Transformational Projects in Cities on the Rise
John Rooney, Pat Ramsey MLA, Robin Swann MLA and Dr Joanne Stuart OBE pictured with David Slack, Vice President, Government Affairs Bombardier and Ashleigh de la Torre, Principal at The Bockorny Group
John Rooney, Pat Ramsey MLA, Robin Swann MLA and Dr Joanne Stuart OBE pictured with David Slack, Vice President, Government Affairs Bombardier and Ashleigh de la Torre, Principal at The Bockorny Group