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Ballymena business people told ‘yes you can’

Published 23/04/2010

Chris Wales, Beverlee Moag-Walker, Roy Bonar, Jackie Logan
Chris Wales, Beverlee Moag-Walker, Roy Bonar, Jackie Logan
James Perry, Sarah Perry, Patricia Perry, Raymond Rock, Christopher Perry
Phyllis Clyde, Thomas McKillen, Richard Hunter
Paul Cryan, Trevor Kane, Beverlee Moag-Walker
The panel
The panel
Gerard O'Boyle, Leona McNicholl, Rhonda Close, Maire McCann, Michael O'Boyle
Eugene Clarke, Anne Steele, Noel Graham, Greg McCann
Karl Wilson, Davina Kerr, Ryan Wilson
Michael Henderson, Steven Montgomery
Henry Elvin, with members of the panel
Henry Elvin, Sam McIlveen and Sam Morrison
Henry Elvin, Sam McIlveen and Sam Morrison
The panel
Moira Crawford , Ed Crawford , Paula Dickson, Conor McNeill
Andrew Cowan, Peter Beattie, James Harkness

Business people who have ‘been there and done it’ shared their mistakes, successes and knowledge with entrepreneurs in Ballymena last night.

David Patton of Patton Group, Sam Morrison Jnr of Clockwork Orange clothing chain, David Robinson of the Robinson Cleaning company, and Steven Montgomery of Montgomery’s department store, were joined by entrepreneur Fionan Murray and Sam McIlveen of the Belfast Telegraph to speak at the event in the Tullyglass Hotel on Thursday evening.

More than 130 people attended the event, organised by and supported by Ulster Bank, Ballymena Chamber of Commerce and The Belfast Telegraph,

It involved discussion led by the six speakers and involving business people attending about starting, managing and growing a business.

Fionan Murray, who is one of the founders of , says: “To create a new beginning for the economy on this island, the thousands of entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses out there need support and advice to make the most of their ideas and talents. They also need to develop productive networks.”

>>Video: Gary Grattan reports from the Tullyglass Hotel>>

“Smallbusinesscan and this event are intended to get entrepreneurs and business owners talking to each other so that they can share knowledge, ideas and insights. I am excited by the engagement that is happening on smallbusinesscan between business people across the island and the highly positive engagement that took place at the Ballymena event. Ballymena clearly has an impressive group of entrepreneurial people, which should give much cause for much optimism,” Mr Murray adds.

Smallbusinesscan is a portal site for discussions, articles and advice on all kinds of financial, legal, HR and tech issues that face start-ups and other small companies.

Belfast Telegraph

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