Bosses aim to Grow Something Brilliant
More than 300 bosses are expected to attend a major conference in Belfast next month aimed at growing exports.
The Growing Something Brilliant event at the Titanic centre is being organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with energy provider Airtricity.
A special report, Exporting: The Challenge, will be presented to government immediately after the conference.
Ann McGregor, chief executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, revealed that Northern Ireland has only 1,700 active exporters – less than 2% of our business base.
"We lag behind the rest of the UK, and we need to rectify that urgently," she said. "At the launch of Growing Something Brilliant in May we called for businesses to tell us one thing that would help them grow.
"We have had over 500 responses to date with the main issues relating to access to finance, the need for a reduction in business rates and a continued call for lower corporation tax. On September 19 we will aim to address these key challenges and explore how businesses themselves can help get the economy moving again."
Chamber president Mark Nodder said: "There is business to be won abroad, by companies of all sizes and all sectors however, we need to inspire these companies to grow.
"By growing something brilliant we can develop our economy, driven by our own energy, commitment and ambition."