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.
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.
Caption, l-r Minister Arlene Foster MLA, Eileen Mullan, Strictly Boardroom, Judith Cochrane MLA, NIABT Chair.
On Tues 14th April, the NIABT briefing focused on the DEL Apprenticeship Scheme.
Minister Dr Stephen Farry MLA, Brian Doran, CEO of Southern Regional College and Michael O’Neill, Engineering Manager at Terex Dungannon presented at the event.
Dr Theresa Donaldson, CEO of Castlereagh and Lisburn Council and Suzanne Wylie, CEO of Belfast City Council presented a rural and urban perspective on how RPA will impact on businesses.
The Minister provided a briefing on the economic challenges and opportunities that businesses will face in 2015/2016.
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.
Shane Logan, CEO of Ulster Rugby delivered a presentation to the NIABT on the development of Ulster Rugby over the past number of years. Shane talked about how Ulster Rugby took a business approach to the development of the new stadium, ensuring they created an excellent venue which would appeal to and be accessible to a diverse audience.
Shane then gave the NIABT delegation a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. The tour gave an excellent opportunity to hear about the technologies that have been embraced during this process.
Richard Hogg from the Precision Gear Company talks about their work in the wind industry and the importance of Mitchel McLaughlin MLA’s visit to the company.
On 11th November 2014 the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust hosted a briefing, exploring the importance of sales and marketing to the growth of the local economy.