Over 230 guests attended Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade’s Gala Dinner 2017, held in the Canal Court Hotel on Thursday 29th June with Guest Speaker, Brian Conlon, Founder and Chief Executive of global firm First Derivatives Plc.
This high-profile event was sponsored by Ulster Bank and the Canal Court Hotel. It was attended by dignitaries, government decision makers and distinguished guests including Ministers, Chairperson of Newry & Mourne District Council, Councillors, local schools and local business leaders.
Speaking on the success story of First Derivatives plc from its humble beginnings in 1996 started from his bedroom with a loan of just £5,000, Brian Conlon reflected on the diverse range of organisations using the company’s software worldwide and the dedication and commitment of the organisation to become one of the leading researchers and innovators in its field worldwide. Brian also spoke passionately of his commitment to Newry as a wonderful place to do business.
To date in 2017 almost 200 graduates have started their careers at the company’s HQ in Newry, with a projected 400 graduates to take up employment in the graduate programme before the end of 2017 – making it one of the largest recruiters on the island.
President Michael McKeown stated, ‘We in Newry Chamber are immensely proud of the success of First Derivatives Plc employing circa 1750 employees, the majority of whom are graduates from local universities. From its humble beginnings, it has expanded into a global phenomenon and we welcome Brian’s very positive comments about First Derivatives commitment to its future in Newry’.
President McKeown added, ‘Newry Chamber offers it appreciation to The Ulster Bank and The Canal Court Hotel for generously sponsoring this annual event and to the Chamber members, patrons and guests who made this event a great success’.
Picture 1: L-R Guest speaker with main sponsors – Mary Meehan, Chief Executive, Brian Conlon First Derivatives, President Michael McKeown, Mark Crimmins Ulster Bank, Patrick Kerr Canal Court Hotel
Picture 2: L-R Corporate Patrons with guest speaker – Brian McConville MJM, Brian Conlon First Derivatives, President Michael McKeown, Nuala Martin First Trust Bank, Andy Craig Autoline