Economic outlook briefing from Minister for Finance and Personnel, Simon Hamilton MLA

The Minister provided a briefing on economic challenges and opportunities that businesses will face in 2013/2014.

L-R: Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, John Rooney, Rooney Fish, Simon Hamilton MLA, Minister for Finance and Personnel, Colin Anderson, Anderson Spratt Group and Leslie Cree MBE MLA
L-R: Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, John Rooney, Rooney Fish, Simon Hamilton MLA, Minister for Finance and Personnel, Colin Anderson, Anderson Spratt Group and Leslie Cree MBE MLA
Leslie Cree MBE MLA with Colin Anderson, Anderson Spratt Group
Leslie Cree MBE MLA with Colin Anderson, Anderson Spratt Group

You can read a transcript of the Minister’s briefing here.

Phil Flanagan MLA visits P Clarke and Sons on NIABT Fellowship

Phil Flanagan MLA spent the morning with representatives from P. Clarke & Sons, Lisnaskea and the Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland.

After a presentation by Gordon Best, Regional Director QPANI, Phil had a chance to have a site tour of the quarry and manufacturing facilities at P. Clarke & Sons, Lisnaskea.

L-R Clive Grudgings, Chairman QPANI; Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chairman; Paddy Clarke of P. Clarke & Sons and Gordon Best, Regional Director QPANI.
L-R Clive Grudgings, Chairman QPANI; Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chairman; Paddy Clarke of P. Clarke & Sons and Gordon Best, Regional Director QPANI.

NIABT Educational visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas

An NIABT delegation will take part in an educational visit to Dublin on the 19th & 20th of June 2013. The delegation will be led by the newly elected Chairperson, Phil Flanagan MLA. The NIABT members will have a series of meetings with TDs and business groups to increase their understanding and awareness of cross border opportunities.

The delegation looks forward to meeting with Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and David Cooney, Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs. The British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, will also host a reception for the group at his residence in Glencairn, Sandyford.

The delegation will also have an opportunity to meet with representatives of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) and Enterprise Ireland.

Pics from the 2012 NIABT visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas

NIABT visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas L-R Gerard McCann, CBRE; Geoffrey Martin, H & J Martin;Leslie Cree MBE MLA;Billy Martin, H & J Martin; Ciaran Donnelly, CBRE

L-R Gerard McCann, CBRE; Geoffrey Martin, H & J Martin;Leslie Cree MBE MLA;Billy Martin, H & J Martin; Ciaran Donnelly, CBRE

NIABT delegation visit the Houses of the Oireachtas

NIABT delegation visit the Houses of the Oireachtas

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.

 

NIABT briefed on Skill Exchange Hub initiative

Phil Flaxton, CEO of Skill Exchange UK and Ian Paisley MP briefed the NIABT on the Skill Exchange initiative at this morning’s breakfast event.

Members received presentations on “An Introduction to the Local Hub Programme” and a demonstration on how ‘Local Hub’ works for members of Skill Exchange UK.
View the invite to the event.

L-R Ian Paisley MP, Chris Wales, Chairman of Ballymena Hub, John Rooney, NIABT Vice Chair, Leslie Cree MBE MLA, Robin Swann MLA, Chairperson of Committee for Employment and Learning and Phil Flaxton, CEO of Skill Exchange UK
L-R Ian Paisley MP, Chris Wales, Chairman of Ballymena Hub, John Rooney, NIABT Vice Chair, Leslie Cree MBE MLA, Robin Swann MLA, Chairperson of Committee for Employment and Learning and Phil Flaxton, CEO of Skill Exchange UK