|Business Conference Inspires and Recognises Entrepreneurial Growth|
29 June 2012
The Canal Court Hotel, Newry was the venue for this year’s South East Economic Development (SEED) Get Up and Grow Business Conference.
Delivered by the SEED Consortium of Councils (Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne) businesses from Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry & Mourne Council areas heard from a variety of speakers, including keynote speaker Dame Mary Peters, Olympic & Commonwealth Gold Medallist, with an inspirational message of what it takes to win in an incredibly competitive environment. The conference speaking panel included an opening welcome by Mayor John McArdle of Newry and Mourne District Council and presentations from Carole Donaghy, former Director of Virgin Money and leading business and marketing professional, Gerry Faloona, motivational speaker, networking guru and serial entrepreneur, and Adrian Toner, Chief Operating Officer of First Derivatives.
The 2012 Business Awards were also presented to help reward and recognise the most innovative and successful businesses across the Council areas. Winners of the inaugural awards were:
Export Award – SDG
Female Business Champion Award – Tish Dorman from Moon and Spoon
Young Entrepreneur Award – Emma Taylor from the Newry Times
Innovation Award – Task Maestro
Armagh Business Champion Award – Forthill Farm
Banbridge Business Champion Award – Angelic Bridal
Craigavon Business Champion Award – Irwin Electrical
Newry & Mourne Business Champion Award – Wade Training (Newry Branch)
Commenting on the Business Awards, Elaine McAlinden Enterprise Development Officer at Banbridge District Council said,
“We are delighted to see so many local businesses attended the conference and I have no doubt the calibre of speakers played a key role in the success of the conference. I would also like to congratulate Roisin McAleenan, whose business Angelic Bridal received the award as the ‘Banbridge Business Champion’”.
Commenting on the conference and awards Simon Devlin from organisers Full Circle Management Solutions explained,
“This conference has been about celebrating business success in the SEED region. We had over 150 owner-managers of local businesses here today and I think that they certainly left inspired by listening to our guest speakers who are all leaders in the fields of business and of sport”.
Further details on a series of free workshops that are being delivered as part of the SEED Promoting Sustainable Enterprise Programme can be viewed at www.seedpse.com
The conference and business awards were part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
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