Investment Conference delegates to hear about NI strengths

Three sector specific workshops focusing on ICT and creative industries, advanced manufacturing and renewables, and business, professional and financial services, have been organised as part of the Northern Ireland Investment Conference.

The conference, hosted by First Minister, the Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson, MLA and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MLA, is being organised by Invest NI, working closely with UKTI. The conference is sponsored by Danske Bank and British Airways.

The sector workshops will give international delegates operating in these sectors the opportunity to hear in detail how Northern Ireland is a location of choice for their businesses. The delegates attending are from countries including Japan, USA, Canada, India, Germany and China.

The delegates will hear from a panel of existing investors who will share their experiences of doing business in Northern Ireland. The workshops will give delegates the chance to get more detail on Northern Ireland’s strengths in specific sectors with the opportunity to ask questions on areas of interest. Representatives from local companies and academia will also contribute by sharing their knowledge and expertise in key markets.

Invest Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton said: “The sectors chosen for these conference workshops are those where Northern Ireland is best able to compete for inward investment.

“Our reputation as a business friendly, cost-competitive region with a skilled workforce has attracted many global names within these sectors including NYSE Technologies, Citi, CME, Allen & Overy, Bombardier and Intel Corporation.

“This conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland and demonstrate that although the region is small it is able to successfully meet the needs of large international companies.

“To have so many of our existing investors willing to come along and tell their own story about how being in Northern Ireland has helped their business grow is testament to this. This conference will provide an opportunity to build an economic legacy to the G8 and secure a positive future for all."