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New book showcases excellence of NI businesses

By David Young

Published 17/06/2016

Author Claude-Bernard Costecalde (centre) with US Consul General Daniel J Lawton (left) and Zhang Peng, Chinese consul, at yesterday’s launch of Excellence in Northern Ireland — Business at Work
Author Claude-Bernard Costecalde (centre) with US Consul General Daniel J Lawton (left) and Zhang Peng, Chinese consul, at yesterday’s launch of Excellence in Northern Ireland — Business at Work
Caroline Harris (left) and Karen Blair
Maggie McKinstry and Ann Woods
Terry McErlane and Terry Cross

Entrepreneurs and go-getters joined together last night for the launch of a lavishly illustrated new book showcasing the best of Northern Ireland companies to the world.

The deluxe presentation volume, edited by French businessman Dr Claude-Bernard Costecalde, who came to Northern Ireland 31 years ago, profiles almost 80 world-class Northern Ireland firms and organisations.

The book includes everything from entrepreneur-driven food producers such as Kestrel Foods and Finnebrogue, to major research and development organisations such as our two universities, Queen's and Ulster.

Dr Costecalde said he was optimistic that Invest NI would want to use Excellence in Northern Ireland as a promotional tool, giving potential overseas investors an insight into the flourishing business landscape in Northern Ireland.

"It's not easy to find excellence - it's like looking for a small flower in the forest," Dr Costecalde said.

"But in this book we have gathered together a whole bouquet of Northern Ireland's flowers of business excellence."

The publisher's confidence in the calibre of Northern Ireland's businesses was echoed by Dr Suresh Tharma from pioneering healthcare business 3fivetwo Healthcare.

Dr Tharma told an audience that included both the US and Chinese Consuls how Northern Ireland was "Britain's hidden treasure" and praised the quality of its workers.

"In Northern Ireland, we have a positive, skilled, loyal people with a strong work ethic - a loyal, motivated workforce," he said.

"We have all the building blocks needed to be a strong, resilient economy. This excellent book showcases the talent and zest for opportunity that exists in this fantastic country."

The healthcare entrepreneur said he was confident that the book would be used by businesspeople, political leaders and public officials as a way of highlighting to overseas contacts and to visitors the strength and abilities of Northern Ireland innovators.

Dr Costecalde said last night that he already had orders for several thousand copies of the volume, and was working to get the publication into the hands of educationalists in schools and universities and further education colleges.

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