Speaking after his re-election at Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s annual general meeting, held in Belfast’s Linenhall Library, Chamber President Mr Paul McMahon outlined the many successes of the Chamber over the past year.


Addressing the meeting Mr McMahon thanked his Executive Council members for their support and help during his year of office, which had enabled the 102-year-old organisation to meet its objectives.

Speaking after his election Mr McMahon said: “It has a been a very busy, and productive year, with the Chamber working tirelessly on behalf of its members. Much has been done, although there is still a lot to do.”


Throughout his address, Paul highlighted many of the activities carried out by himself and his Executive Council members.


He continued, “We have had a series of on-going, one-to-one meetings with the key decision makers in Northern Ireland. These included, the First Minister, Finance Minister, DSD Minister, DRD Minister and Justice Minister and on each occasion we have sought to secure support for Belfast and the business community in the city.


“We met with senior department officials including Permanent Secretaries to secure Belfast as a priority when they are looking at spend or policy. We engaged with each political party in Belfast City Council  to share the concerns of the business community and to seek their help in bring about change to the focus on the city centre.


“We also met with many  MLA’s to seek support for our work on regeneration, access to our city and a more fair and affordable rates system.


Mr McMahon went on to discuss the Chamber’s representation to Dr Richard Hass and the Parades Commission on parades and protests.


“We made recommendations to the Haas team on ways to minimise disruption and met regularly with the Parades Commission to try and ensure there is minimum disruption to business when parades and protests impact on the city centre. We continue to seek protection of core business hours.”


Mr McMahon also outlined the Chamber’s work with key stakeholders and influential bodies including senior PSNI officers, Urban Strategies Inc. & Deloitte, Arup, the Campus Community Regeneration Forum who are working on the regeneration of the university and its surrounding area and Urban Exchange NI, a group set up to  share ideas and best practice the deliver for healthier high streets.


Paul continued, “We strategically partner with other organisations including Visit Belfast, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, IoD, NIIRTA and Pubs of Ulster when we believe it is in our interests and that of the business community to do so.


Mr McMahon thanked members for their continued support and praised the BCTC communications teams for growing the membership in such austere times.


He concluded, “ I encourage members to share the Chamber’s work and urge those who aren’t members to join the Chamber as it is only through a collective voice that we will deliver on our objectives.”



Paul is the Centre Director of Belfast’s CastleCourt and has carried out the role as Chamber President for the past twelve months.  






The new president will be supported by the senior council elected unanimously, including: Gordon McElroy, MKB Russell Solicitors , Hugh Black, Age NI, Michelle Jackson, Victoria Square, , Paul Wilson, BTW Shiells , Victoria Nemec, Dorothy Perkins, Joe Jordan, Norman Maynes and John Moore MBE, Past Presidents.,.

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