Putting Business Know-How First With Invest Northern Ireland

Over 50 business professionals learnt how to capitalise on the knowledge available in their companies and heard first hand of a local exporting success story at a recent networking event organised by Invest Northern Ireland at the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown.

The event marked the first meeting of the southern region Export Network Club in 2005, which has been specifically designed to allow its members to share their business experiences and make useful contacts.

Mark Bleakney Manager of Invest NI’s southern local office, which acts as a gateway to the full range of business support services that Invest NI currently offers, commented:

“The Export Network Club is a great opportunity for companies in the surrounding area to meet, share useful business information and develop a network of invaluable business contacts that will help improve their profitability and competitiveness.”

Guest speakers at the event included Larry Prusak, founder and Executive Director of the I.B.M Institute for Knowledge Management (IKM) - a global consortium of organisations engaged in advancing the practice of knowledge management - and Brian Conlon, CEO of local Newry firm First Derivatives.

Larry Prusak who was in Northern Ireland for a week of engagements, discussed how companies can get the most out of the knowledge available to them whilst Brian Conlon discussed how his company grew from a small operation in Newry to one with global reach. A trading and risk management consulting firm First Derivatives specialises in providing services to both financial software vendors and large financial institutions and currently has a presence in London, Tokyo, Stockholm, New York and Silicon Valley, California.

“Learning from your peers is an essential part of continued business development. Discussion forums like this are an essential feature of building real knowledge that adds value to your business. By attending these events local companies are better positioned to find out more about the key issues affecting businesses today and thereby maintain their competitive edge,” said Larry Prusak.