CBI Northern Ireland have set up an event on Thursday, April 28th, which will bring both business leaders and political leaders together. At this event they will look back at the tumultuous year that has just passed and look at the challenging months ahead and how best to negotiate all the hurdles that are likely to be put in front of them.
The Event Will Be Hosted By John Campbell
The event is being chaired by the BBC NI`s economics and political editor John Campbell, and some of the names from the world of politics attending will include: Alliance Party: Naomi Long MLA, party leader, Democratic Unionist Party: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, party leader, Sinn Féin: Michelle O’Neill MLA, party vice-president, Social Democratic & Labour Party: Claire Hanna MP and Ulster Unionist Party: Mike Nesbitt MLA, economy spokesperson.
Putting The Priorities Of Northern Irish Firms Back On The Political Map
Adrian Doran, who is the CBI NI Chair, is quoted in an article by Claire Cartmill about the event in the Belfast Newsletter, and he said:
“NI businesses have never faced a more challenging period. In what will be one of the most important Assembly elections in living memory, this event is an unrivalled chance to put the priorities of Northern Irish firms back on the political map.
“Companies from across NI will be able to connect with local politicians and have their voices heard on the topics that matter for their business and the wider economy in these unprecedented times.”
A Good Time To Air Their Grievances
This event can only be a good thing for both business leaders and political leaders. It gives businesses a great chance to be able to air any grievances they may have and also to tell the political leaders what steps they need to take to ensure that businesses can thrive and grow and the economy can get back on track.
I am sure that the political leaders will learn a great deal from the event and it is to be hoped that they will put what they learn into practice and help Northern Ireland businesses in what has been a very fraught 2 years or so. All the issues that are hampering trade right now, especially for those companies that import and export goods and services, need to be ironed out as quickly as possible so that business leaders can once more focus on other matters.