Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

WHAT THEY SAID:

Gerry Mallon, CEO of conference sponsors Danske Bank

"Our interest is in seeing the economy of Northern Ireland grow and foreign direct investment (FDI) is important for that because it brings skills and confidence and stimulates the economy.

"That has a spillover into our customer base at Danske Bank. It's also important that business leaders in Northern Ireland are seen to be positive and support FDI as well as Invest NI and Northern Ireland's politicians. It's vital we take our place at the forefront of the business community.

Northern Ireland has a great combination of a very switched on and skilled workforce, particularly amongst our young people who are extremely capable, hungry to do well and have an international focus. We're also costs effective when you compare us to the rest of Europe, something I can see as part of the Danske Group."

Simon Daly, Ireland manager at conference sponsors British Airways

"The investment conference is very important to Northern Ireland as is the connectivity British Airways provides to the region. By sponsoring the conference British Airways is showing we're committed to Northern Ireland and want to open up new market to companies from here.

"There's very few other carriers that can offer the links through both London Heathrow and Gatwick which we can and that's something we're very proud of. We want to offer as many flights as possible to help investors come in to Northern Ireland and to help indigenous companies when they need to secure export business around the world."

Arlene Foster, Enterprise Minister

"The G8 summit held in Fermanagh in June was a major success, positively profiling Northern Ireland on a global stage.

"Hosting an Investment Conference this October will provide a unique opportunity to build upon the legacy of G8 and show some of the most senior decision makers from international firms what a dynamic, modern business environment Northern Ireland is."