29 November 2018

  |  CBI Northern Ireland

Press release

Looking beyond Brexit - cementing Northern Ireland's role in international trade

CBI NI hosted a conference looking at how to make Northern Ireland a key player in global trade and commerce. 

Looking beyond Brexit - cementing Northern Ireland's role in international trade

CBI Northern Ireland has today welcomed senior business leaders from various industries across the region to an event focusing on the future state of international trade beyond Brexit.

The event, held at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast, brought CBI Directors from China, India and the United States of America together with companies based in Northern Ireland currently engaged in markets across the world. The discussion provided insight and intelligence around the challenges of exporting into new markets as well as exporting best practices, access to finance, and professional service support for budding exporters.

The lunch, sponsored by Beyond Business Travel and British Airways, brought together business to ensure that Northern Irish companies embrace global markets and experience the productivity benefits of exporting.

Edel Doherty, Managing Director, Beyond Business Travel said:

"We are delighted to partner with CBI NI for this event. As a strategic travel management company we work with a large number of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses, helping them to grasp opportunities around globalisation and to explore their ability to export."

"We assist businesses with all areas of corporate travel, from flights and visas to fulfilling their duty of care with the latest technology 24/7.  Beyond Business Travel also offers advice regarding where businesses should and shouldn’t be travelling, as well as ensuring teams are prepared for the environment they are travelling to."

"This can be vital support especially when companies are entering new and emerging markets."

Angela McGowan, Director, CBI Northern Ireland said:

"The opportunity to bring the business community of Northern Ireland together with the CBI's international trade specialists from the United States, India and China is always welcomed. Today proves that there is a lot of fruitful discussion to be made."

"In terms of individual countries, the United States is Northern Ireland's second biggest export market. Strengthening these economic ties is of the utmost importance. India and China's growth economies highlight future opportunities for Northern Irish business to expand into. We will continue to support exporting businesses throughout the region."