Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference 2017

Growing the economy in challenging times

When

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Where

Armagh City Hotel

Northern Ireland's economic summit

The Northern Ireland Economic Conference, now in its 22nd year, is Northern Ireland’s premier economic analysis event and is unique in being the only forum which takes a high level look at the performance of, and prospects for the local economy. It is firmly established as the annual autumn ‘summit’ for Northern Ireland’s economic community, including policy makers and business leaders. Taking place at a time of unprecedented political chaos, this is a not-to-be-missed event for all the latest information on the local economy as well as an excellent opportunity for networking and discussion with key players in the economy, across all sectors.


Speakers include

Hear from high profile local & visiting speakers

Declan
Billington

Chief Executive
Thompsons

Chair
Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

Áine
Brolly

CEO
Cpl Northern Ireland

Founder and Director
Ardlinn

John
Campbell

Economics and Business Editor

BBC Northern Ireland

Jim
Downey

Plant Manager

Hyster-Yale Group

John
FitzGerald

Research Affiliate

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

David
Gavaghan

Chair

CBI Northern Ireland

Neil
Gibson

Director of the Economic Policy Centre

Ulster University

Deirdre
Heenan

Director

Ulster University

Aongus
Hegarty

President

Dell EMC

Martina
Lawless

Associate Research Professor

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Guy
Lougher

Partner

Pinsent Masons

John
McGrillen

CEO

Tourism NI

Raquel
Ortega-Argilés

Chair in Regional Economic Development

University of Birmingham

David
Phinnemore

Professor of European Politics

Queen’s University Belfast

Joanne
Stuart

Director of Development

Catalyst Inc

Roger
Wilson

Chief Executive

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Martin
Wolf

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator

Financial Times

Conference Programme

Plenary and workshop sessions

08:30

Registration & morning coffee

09:00
ECONOMIC PRIORITIES
ECONOMIC FORECAST
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
LOCAL ECONOMY

THE NORTHERN IRELAND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK


CHAIRMAN'S WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
John Campbell, Economics and Business Editor
BBC Northern Ireland


Welcome

Alderman Gareth Wilson, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council


Priorities for the future of Northern Ireland’s economy
Andrew McCormick, Permanent Secretary
Department for the Economy (Invited)


The Northern Ireland economic outlook
Professor Neil Gibson, Director, Economic Policy Centre
Ulster University


The impact of Brexit on the economy: What lies ahead?
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times


Developing a strong entrepreneurial region
Roger Wilson, Chief Executive
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

11.15
TECHNOLOGY
AGRI-FOOD
HIGHER EDUCATION
MANUFACTURING
SKILLS

What will drive future growth?


Technology as a key driver for growth
Aongus Hegarty, President, EMEA
Dell EMC


The impact of Brexit on the Agri-Food sector
Janet McCollum, Chief Executive Officer, Moy Park (Invited)


Higher Education as a driver for the economy
Professor Deirdre Heenan, Director
Ulster University


Innovation in 21st century manufacturing
Jim Downey, Plant Manager
Hyster-Yale


Winning the war for talent
Áine Brolly, Chief Executive Officer
Cpl Northern Ireland


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

13:00

Conference lunch / Networking opportunity

14.00
BUSINESS
BOARDROOM
CROSS BORDER
REGIONS

Brexit: Impact on the Northern Ireland economy


What will Brexit mean for business in Northern Ireland?
David Gavaghan, Chair
CBI Northern Ireland


The challenge of Brexit for the boardroom
Guy Lougher, Partner
Pinsent Masons


Examining the impact of Brexit on cross border trade
Professor John FitzGerald, Research Affiliate
Economic and Social Research Institute


The economic impacts of Brexit on the UK, its regions, its cities and its sectors
Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Chair, Regional Economic Development,
University of Birmingham


Discussion panel: BREXIT: NORTHERN IRELAND’S FUTURE
Declan Billington, Chief Executive, Thompsons and Chair, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA)
Martina Lawless, Associate Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute
John McGrillen, Chief Executive, Tourism NI
David Phinnemore, Professor of European Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Joanne Stuart, Director of Development, Catalyst Inc

Questions & answers / Panel discussion followed by Chairman's Summary and Conference Close

16:30

Conference Close


Testimonials

“Really interesting range of speakers bringing wide cross-section of views”
“First rate conference – excellent standard”
“Excellent and very professional organisation – great insight into the challenges facing the economy”
“impressive range of speakers”

Why is this conference for you?

Who should attend?

The Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference is aimed at key decision-makers and those across business and government/the public sector with an interest in tackling the challenges to ensure Northern Ireland’s economy is fit for the future. It will also appeal to those interacting with the public sector, both in policy advisory and service delivery or advocacy roles.

Those interested in attending will include:


Chief Executives / Directors / senior managers
Finance directors / managers
Central government / department officials
Agencies, advisory bodies and NDPBs
Frontline service delivery professionals
Auditors / value-for-money specialists
Local government officers and elected representatives
Budget-holders
Corporate planners
Voluntary / community sector leaders / NGOs
Services organisations – IT / telecoms
Financial and legal advisors

Pricing & Registration

Numbers limited so reserve your place now!

Don’t miss Northern Ireland’s only annual one day economic conference!
Benefits of attending include:

Expert local and visiting speakers
Major economic summit
Economic outlook and forecast
Unique information presented
Not-to-be-missed annual conference
Unrivalled networking opportunity
All sectors represented – government, business, third sector



Conference delegate rate
£255 + VAT @ 20% = £306

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance.

Discounted rate for voluntary/community sectors
£165 + VAT @ 20% = £198

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance.

Discounted rate for local government
£165 + VAT @ 20% = £198

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance.




Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

There are still a small number of available sponsorship opportunities at this year’s conference. Sponsorship of the annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of economic decision-makers and senior business leaders. For further details or to discuss how your organisation can benefit from close association with Northern Ireland’s premier economic analysis event, contact Lynda Millar on +44 (0) 28 9261 9933.

Networking Opportunities

The conference is structured in a way to provide a high level of interaction between speakers and delegates.

There will be plentiful opportunities for questions as well as discussion in each of the sessions. In the breaks and margins of the event there will also be ample scope for business development.



Location and Venue

Venue

Armagh City Hotel, 2 Friary Rd, Armagh BT60 4FR

Please Note: When using a sat nav please do NOT use our postcode; because this will take you outside of Armagh, please use '2 Friary Road, Armagh'.