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Launch of NI Small Business Conference – ‘Empowering Your Business’

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade is excited to launch its biennial Northern Ireland Small Business Conference – ‘Empowering Your Business’ which will take place on Thursday 10th November in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. 



This half day event will provide delegates with all they need to know about empowering and scaling up your business for sustainable growth. It is hosted by Newry Chamber of Commerce; sponsored by Invest NorthernIrelandand Newry, Mourne & Down District Council.


Keynote speakers include, Joanne Sweeney, former TV3 Apprentice Star and Founder of The Digital Training Institute; Joan McClean, Google and Feargal McCormack, PKF FPM (2016 Employer of the Year) sharing his tips on ‘Empowering your team’.  Informative workshops will be delivered and facilitated by; InterTradeIreland, First Trust Bank, Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland, ESS Ltd and ASM Chartered Accountants. 


Chief Executive, Mary Meehan, Newry Chamber stated, “We are delighted to once again host the ‘NI Small Business Conference’ in Newry.  Small businesses make up 99.9 % of the private sector inNorthern Irelandand although NI still remains one of the UKs best place to start and scale a business, scaling up still poses a challenge for many entrepreneurs.  We would therefore like to encourage as many businesses to participate to seek practical advice and inspiration on how to make this happen’.


Mark Bleakney, Invest NI’s Southern Regional Manager, said: “One of our core priorities is to help small businesses grow and develop through export success, entrepreneurship and innovation.  This conference is an important opportunity to highlight the contribution these businesses make towards growing theNorthern Irelandeconomy”.

Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chair of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council stated, “We are delighted to support the NI Small Business Conference especially given that this region is synonymous with entrepreneurship.  Hosting this conference in Newry helps showcase our successful indigenous business sector and provides inspiration for others to become empowered”. 


All business owners/managers keen to empower and scale up their business are encouraged to come along to this half day conference which will be packed with a wealth of information, guidance, inspirational advice and networking opportunities.  The event starts at 8am and runs until 2pm with a cost per delegate of £25pp for Chamber members and £30pp +VAT for non members (includes breakfast & lunch).

For further information or to book log on to www.nismallbusinessconference.com or larger bookings, please email info@newry.com for a group price.  


Pictured (L-R): Martin Patterson, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council; Mary Meehan, Newry Chamber of Commerce, Tommy McDonald, Stakeholder Communications & Mark Bleakney, Regional Manager, Invest NI.