Paying it Forward - Local Companies Learn from Each Other

Oct 19, 2004

Over 40 local businesses heard how to effectively manage demanding customers and the trials and tribulations of setting up a new business at a recent Invest Northern Ireland networking event held at the Bannville House Hotel in Banbridge.
24/9/2004

Over 40 local businesses heard how to effectively manage demanding customers and the trials and tribulations of setting up a new business at a recent Invest Northern Ireland networking event held at the Bannville House Hotel in Banbridge.

The event marked the second meeting of the southern area Export Network Club this year, which has been designed to allow its members to share their work experiences and make useful business contacts.

Mark Bleakney, Manager of Invest NI’s southern local office, commented:

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

Guest speakers at the recent event included John D’Arcy, Chief Executive of the Association of Northern Ireland Colleges (ANIC) and Charlie Woods, Managing Director of Delta Trading Ireland Limited.

John D’Arcy outlined some of the effective techniques he has developed to help deal with difficult customers and Charlie Woods shared his experiences on setting up Delta Trading Ireland Ltd - which supplies a variety of products including conservatories, windows, curtain walling and resin decorative glass. He also recently set up Fire Escapes Ireland Ltd which manufactures a wall mounted escape ladder under the brand name ‘Fire Escape’.

“This forum is an excellent mechanism for local companies to get together and share information of direct relevance to them. Not only does it allow them to make useful business contacts but it also gives them the opportunity to encourage and support each other as they continue to develop their own businesses,” commented John D’Arcy.

“Learning from your contemporaries is an integral part of the development of any successful enterprise. That is why it is essential that local firms meet regularly to share their experiences and learn from each other,” commented Charlie Woods.

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