Belfast Telegraph

Economy has a sporting chance as O'Driscoll addresses Chamber

By David Elliot

One of Irish rugby's most talented players has given some of Northern Ireland's top business people a lesson in driving the economy forward.

Brian O'Driscoll was speaking last night at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce dinner in the Titanic Belfast building where he told nearly 800 guests the value of teamwork in achieving results.

"There are huge parallels between business and sport," he told the Belfast Telegraph ahead of the dinner.

"There are lots of challenges in being a professional sportsperson in terms of making sure your team works together. We all have the same aim and that's to win."

Meanwhile, Chamber president Francis Martin said the organisation was determined to drive economic growth.

"Our overall objective for 2012 and beyond is to provide an effective and flexible support structure for a more dynamic private sector and to create a more vibrant, robust and high-growth economy," he said.

Chamber chief executive Ann McGregor said the mood was improving in the local economy.

"Despite facing some of the most challenging times on record, there is a sense of cautious optimism emerging," she said.

Brenda Morgan, sales manager at sponsor bmi, said: "Bmi is proud to have partnered with Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce for tonight's event - marking its 230th anniversary, celebrating all that is good about business here and looking towards a thriving economic future for Northern Ireland."

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