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.

NIABT Focuses on DEL Apprenticeship Scheme

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.

l-r Minister Dr Stephen Farry MLA, Brian Doran, Judith Cochrane MLA, NIABT Chair, Stephen Kelly, NIABT Board, Michael O’Neill
l-r Minister Dr Stephen Farry MLA, Brian Doran, Judith Cochrane MLA, NIABT Chair, Stephen Kelly, NIABT Board, Michael O’Neill

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

NIABT Christmas reception held at Kingspan Rugby Stadium

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.

Basil McCrea MLA, Sammy Douglas MLA, Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI
Basil McCrea MLA, Sammy Douglas MLA, Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI
Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI with Sandra Overend MLA
Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI with Sandra Overend MLA

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

Importance of Sales and Marketing to the Growth of the Local Economy

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.

Pictured at the event left to right Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry MLA, Patrick Hurst MBE, Managing Director, Munster Simms Engineering (Whale Pumps) and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster MLA.
Pictured at the event left to right Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry MLA, Patrick Hurst MBE, Managing Director, Munster Simms Engineering (Whale Pumps) and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster MLA.