Belfast Telegraph

Belfast World Trade Centre aims to win certification

By Symon Ross

A leading member of the World Trade Centres Association has visited Belfast to meet the organisation’s local representatives.

Robert Frueh, chair of the WTCA committee on quality & standards, met colleagues from World Trade Centre Belfast to share best practice ideas.

The New York-based association is the umbrella organisation for the global network of World Trade Centres, which has 300 centres across and more than 750,000 associated organisations.

Mr Frueh was visiting the city to learn more about the services and activities offered by the Belfast association, and to share his knowledge with the local team.

He said: “I have been very impressed by the momentum already created by WTC Belfast. Although in its infancy, WTC Belfast is showing great commitment and leadership to address the needs of companies, particularly small companies, new to international trade.

“In 2010 I look forward to returning to Belfast to certify the services of WTC Belfast.”

The WTC Association’s certification gives recognition to those World Trade Centres that provide excellent services to companies and other World Trade Centres.

The Belfast organisation has already hosted visits from World Trade Centres from Canada, Qatar, northern England and Washington, and regularly hosts networking events and workshops.

The Belfast association is also helping local companies identify new business contacts across the globe. It recently led a delegation of small firms to Qatar.

The World Trade Centre Belfast licence is owned by Belfast City Council, which has dedicated resources to support small businesses. It is also exploring options to establish an actual World Trade Centre in Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph