President’s Lunch Packs a Punch

President’s Lunch Packs a Punch


President’s Lunch Packs a Punch

Friday 7th Måy saw Mentalist David Meade, leave Ministers, MLA’s councillors and over 60 of Belfast’s top business people in the wake of his mind-boggling, world-class entertainment at the inaugural Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce President’s lunch.

Hosted in James Street South, by BCTC President, Paul McMahon, the event was a celebration of the work, achievements and progress made by the 101-year old Chamber and it’s 400 members in the past 12 months.

Speaking at the event Paul McMahon said: “Belfast Chamber is now into its second century and has played an important role in our city over those years.

“We are proud of our city and are keen to see her flourish and again become a world leader as she has done so eloquently in the past.

“Like many we are seeing signs of recovery and a more positive attitude being sustained. We only have to look at positivity around this weekend’s events.

Paul went on to discuss the need for change to progress Belfast further, he continued,

“We need our planning system reformed and in doing so we need an unambiguous town centre first policy enshrined in the new guidance.

“We need the rates revaluation process to redistribute the rates burden away from the current punitive valuations placed on Belfast city centre and see a more fair levy applied to out of town and large format food stores on edge of towns.

“We need to move on our capital infrastructure projects. Our road network needs major investment now around the M2/Westlink

interchange to ensure it doesn’t create a barrier between the titanic quarter and the city.

“We need the remaining elements of an enhanced public transport network put in place 

“We need the car to be accepted as a vehicle of choice and for adequate affordable car parking provision to be made for those who wish to use it.”

Paul was keen to ensure that the Ministers Ministers, MLA’s and councillors were assured that BCTC is grateful for the works that they have done.

He continued, “We are grateful for the peace that you have built but from a business perspective we need you to help build our city quickly, build for the future and put policies in place that truly drive a city first approach to secure the future of Belfast.”

Paul explained that The Chamber has been engaged with the Northern Ireland Executive over the last number of years and through that good relationships they have been able to exchange ideas that have indeed helped businesses in Northern Ireland.

For further information on becoming a member of Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce, contact Martina Connolly on 028 9024 2111.

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