The economy in Newry, Mourne and Down is cementing its growing reputation on the world map as a hub of innovation with the help of some fast-growing indigenous businesses and an energetic tech ecosystem. That was the message from the first ever Innovation Nation conference held in Newry Town Hall on Thursday 27th September where some of the district’s most prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders told how they have grown globally recognisable businesses.
Innovation Nation 2018 heard from Brian Conlon, Founder and Chief Executive of First Derivatives plc, Norbrook Laboratories Chief Executive, Liam Nagle and STATSports Chief Commercial Officer, Sean O’Connor as well as inspiring entrepreneurs and tech leaders from elsewhere.
Keynote speaker and serial entrepreneur Mark Little addressed the conference on the opportunities in the digital age for companies from all sectors of the business world and told his story of starting successful technology companies and working for one of the most well-known social media firms, Twitter.
Mark Murnin, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said:
“Innovation Nation 2018 has shone a light on the vibrant ecosystem of innovation and technology which has been building in this district for some time. It is great to hear the stories of how some of our local companies have got to where they are and to get the input from experts in the technology field.
As a council we want to see the economy here flourish and we’re determined to make sure we do all we can to encourage even more innovation, more energy and more entrepreneurial spirit in the coming years. We want to work in partnership with our businesses and other key stakeholders to turbo boost the district and ensure it can take its place as a pivot city between Dublin and Belfast whilst building a connected web across the world.”