Conference has significantly raised Northern Ireland's global business profile

Oct 11, 2013

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has hailed the international investment conference as a major success.

The Minister was speaking as delegates returned home from the major event which was attended by 121 international companies, plus a further 14 key influencers from overseas governments. This included 55 prospective investors.

The conference was organised by Invest Northern Ireland in association with UKTI and sponsored by Danske Bank and British Airways.

Arlene Foster said: “Globally we are a small economy but we are an increasingly important one for international investors seeking the best people, infrastructure and business environment from which to grow their business.

“Organising this major conference in such a short space of time and securing the attendance of such high profile global business people is a tremendous achievement. I was proud to hear existing investors speaking at the conference and give such clear and unequivocal endorsements of Northern Ireland as an investment location.

“The exhibition at Titanic Belfast profiled every region of Northern Ireland, focusing on our key sectors and existing local and international companies. It profiled key tourist destinations, from the beauty of the Mournes and Fermanagh lakes to our City of Culture and Giant’s Causeway.”

Gerry Mallon of Danske Bank said: “The number of significant global companies represented, proves that Northern Ireland is a world class investment location and Danske Bank was proud to support the conference. I look forward to hearing about the resulting investments and jobs which I am confident will be secured for Northern Ireland in the future.”

Brenda Morgan, British Airways Partnership Manager for Northern Ireland said: “With an impressive list of business delegates in attendance, British Airways was delighted to sponsor this successful event that demonstrated beyond doubt that Northern Ireland is a growing international business hub. As one of the world’s largest and most established airlines, British Airways is committed to serving our customers, providing a vital artery for the flow of business and commerce both into and out of Northern Ireland.”

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