The March meeting of The Business Network will be held in the Conference Room of the Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Scarva Road, Banbridge on Thursday the 30th March 2017. Registration is open at 7.30am and the meeting starts at 7.45am.
Guest speaker – Colin McCusker, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
Over his 25 year career Councillor Colin McCusker has amassed a wealth of experience in industry, government and politics.
Following his graduation from Ulster University Coleraine in 1992 with an honours degree in History, Colin worked for 12 years in the food, drink and hospitality industry within the Golf Holdings Group which owns a number of off-licences and bars. He was employed as a manager within Winemark, then as a Marketing Assistant in James E McCabe, and as a Branch Manager for Russells Foodstore on the Gilford Road in Portadown. Colin also worked for a further 7 years as an Acquisitions Executive for Henderson Wholesale, charged with securing supply to the best convenience stores across Northern Ireland.
After 20 years in Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector Colin became involved in politics full time. He has worked for the Ulster Unionist Party since 2012 where he has held the role of General Secretary for the past 5 years. Initially co-opted as a Councillor to Craigavon Borough Council in February 2012, Colin progressed to Deputy Mayor in June 2013 and then to the role of Mayor from June 2014 – March 2015.
In May 2014, Colin was elected to represent Lurgan on the new enlarged Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council. He is currently the Chair of the Economic Development & Regeneration Department within the council. The Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon region is the largest council area outside of Belfast, both in terms of population and economic activity. It is home to Northern Ireland’s second largest manufacturing workforce, with internationally recognised brands such as Ulster Carpets and Thompson Aeroseating. It is also a hub for life sciences companies such as Almac Group and is the food producing heartland of Northern Ireland, with major brands including Moy Park, Linwoods, Irwin’s and Fane Valley all located in the region.
Colin believes that the ABC region is officially the best place to live and work in Northern Ireland, due to its affordable housing, low commuting times, high employment, low crime rates, good schools and great local services all within easy reach.
Colin will be speaking to us in more detail about the council’s strategy and plans to build a stronger economy, enhance economic resilience and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders including educational establishments and economic development agencies. Colin will also provide an overview of some of the programmes and initiatives that the council provide to support businesses of all sizes in the area. Join us on Thursday 30th March at Banbridge Enterprise Centre.
Member Speaker – Stephen Bruce, EOS IT Solutions
Stephen Bruce is the IT Operations Manager for EOS IT Solutions Ltd. The Company has been trading for over 5 years offering IT and video collaboration services globally to clients, which include Primark, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, BT, Vodafone and Hertz. EOS IT Solutions operates from offices in the UK, Ireland, Germany, USA, South America and Singapore.
Stephen is based at their Banbridge headquarters and has worked for the company for the past 2 years. His role is to liaise with their Northern Ireland customers, and manage and dispatch a team of local Northern Ireland based engineers to meet client needs. Stephen will provide us with an overview of the range of the Managed IT and Cyber Security Solutions that EOS ITS can offer to companies of all sizes in Northern Ireland.
Visitors are always welcome and the attendance fee of £5 includes a light breakfast, which is payable at the event. Please confirm your attendance by registering for this event on our EventBrite page.
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The Business Network is a network which has been jointly founded by local business owners.
It exists to support local business owners in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council and surrounding areas by providing a networking, discussion and education forum, generating referrals and business leads, providing mutual support, sharing new ideas and business opportunities.
Every local business has the opportunity to participate in the Network. The network's strength is its informality and openness.
The members of The Business Network always look for opportunities to refer or promote other members businesses wherever possible.