Belfast Businesses Unite at Business Forum

Belfast Businesses Unite at Business Forum

Belfast Businesses Unite at Business Forum

With just  78 shopping days left until Christmas, Belfast traders were this morning limbering up for a busy season ahead at the annual Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce Business Forum.


Hosted in the Linenhall Library, the event saw over 70 business representatives from every commercial sector gather to hear presentations including, forthcoming developments for the city from the University of Ulster, crime prevention and statistics update from PSNI,  forthcoming events from Belfast City Council and streets ahead programme from Department of Social Development.


Speaking at the event Paul McMahon, President of Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce said: “This morning’s event is a hugely important and popular event in the Chamber calendar.


“Members have an opportunity to listen to key and important messages  which are both informative and beneficial to each business sector across the city.

“Plans were revealed by Professor Alastair Adair, from the University of Ulster for the new University campus due for completion in 2018, which will see over 15,000 students educated in Belfast, providing huge social and economic benefits to businesses across the city.


“Sergeant Sharon Cromie, from the PSNI highlighted the current retail crime situation in the City Centre alongside their strategy to deal with the important issues affecting businesses, such as shoplifting, antisocial behavior and on-street incidents.


“Ciaran Donnelly from the Department of Social Development gave an insightful presentation on the third stage of the Streets Ahead project, due for completion in 2018.


“Belfast City Council presented the annual events calendar, highlighting events such as Halloween, Christmas lights turn on and the Tall Ships 2015 which is anticipated to generate over £16million  for the local economy.


“ Andrew Irvine gave a brief introduction to Business Improvement Districts, or BIDS as they are more commonly known, and informed members of the new staff member Clare Maguire who will join as the BID Development manager from the end of the month.”


Paul concluded, “I would like to thank each of our key speakers and all of the delegates for their attendance at this morning’s hugely successful event.”


For further information from Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce visit: 028 9033 1399.


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