Strategic partner

Explore the intelligence and capabilities needed to help your growing business succeed in the current climate, while enjoying 24hr hospitality alongside other business leaders.

The UK’s productivity gap is often cited as a key challenge that businesses need to address, to drive growth.  Since the financial crisis, UK productivity has lagged other developed nations and notably, the UK has fallen behind competitors such as France, Germany and the US.  Northern Ireland’s productivity level is 15% behind the rest of the UK.

The factors impacting productivity are varied and there are multiple levers from machinery and technology, to supply chain and skills.  However, management lies at the heart of the UK’s productivity challenge and productivity will only improve through a widespread sharing of best practice, enabling small and medium sized businesses to rise to the challenge. 

Once again, the CBI, in partnership with BDO NI and Bank of Ireland, will bring together experts from across the business community, providing thought-provoking keynote addresses from 'real' business, lively panel discussions; and 'new for 2018', will be practical break-out sessions focusing on key issues affecting growing firms such a productivity, technology, exporting and Brexit.

Why attend?

  • Join over 60 senior business leaders and decision makers to explore the intelligence and capabilities needed to help your business succeed in the current climate.
  • The unique format of this informal event - over 24hrs - provides the perfect opportunity to learn, be inspired as well as share ideas and network with your peers.
  • Learn more about the challenges and opportunities faced by local business
  • Expert led discussion that considers ‘the business impact’
  • Practical takeaways which can be implemented into your business
  • High level networking and sharing of best practice

The event commences at 13:00hrs on Thursday 13 September and closes at 13:00hrs on 14 September.

View the conference agenda

Conference speakers will be announced shortly.

What's included?

Day 1 

  • Access to all sessions and 121 engagement with all speakers
  • Networking lunch (from 13:00)
  • Afternoon tea / refreshments
  • Networking evening drinks reception
  • 4-course dinner with wine (incl. after-dinner speaker)
  • Bottled water and sweets are provided throughout the day.

Day 2 

  • Access to all sessions
  • Networking Breakfast (Accommodation package only)
  • Mid-morning tea/scones
  • Networking Lunch 
  • Bottled water and sweets are provided throughout the day.


  • Member Accomodation Package - Includes all of above + overnight stay in a standard double room in the 5* Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, with full cooked breakfast with your peers (excellent networking opportunity) £180 + VAT
  • Member Day Standard - one complimentary place per organisation on 13 and/or 14 September (excluding accommodation and breakfast)
  • Member Additional Ticket / Non Member - £110 + VAT per person for both day sessions on 13 and 14 September (excluding accommodation and breakfast). Book 'Accommodation package' only if you want to stay overnight + enjoy both days

The MSB Conference is designed for companies with a turnover less than £500 million, who are on a clear growth trajectory; from ambitious and confident firms driving into the mid-market, through to successful mid-market firms who continually champion innovation and competitiveness. The objective is to share knowledge and best practice whilst also helping to influence the wider policy debate. Attendees can expect practical guidance through a mix of thought-provoking case studies, group discussion and collaborative networking.  

See video highlights from previous years below

1. What challenges are local mid size businesses facing in the current climate? #markcunningham #BankofIreland See more

2. What is the business sentiment among local MSB organisations? #brianmurphy #BDO See more

3. How important is the MSB sector to Northern Ireland economy? #TrevorLockhart #CBI See more


The best business minds from the region under one roof for 24 hours!
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