In Pictures: NI Chamber Commerce annual dinner 2012
Almost 800 guests attended the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner at Titanic Belfast.
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.