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Charles Kennedy, Brendan Howlin, Trevor Ringland to speak at major networking event in Belfast

Top names from politics, finance, computing, energy and tourism will be speaking next week at an major networking event in Belfast.

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference will also be attended by Brendan Howlin TD, minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and Charles Kennedy MP, president of the European Movement UK. Other senior UK, Scottish and Northern Ireland cabinet members are expected to attend.

Locally, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, and Mark Nodder, chief executive of Wrightbus, will also be delegates, as well as former British and Irish Lions rugby player Trevor Ringland and Shona McCarthy, who was in charge of Londonderry's year as City of Culture.

Established in 2011, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce works to develop the trading relationship between Britain and Ireland and its membership combines tens of billions of pounds of business interests and supplies approximately 55,000 jobs on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The 2014 conference, sponsored by HSBC, will be held in the Titanic Centre in Belfast next Thursday with the theme of 'Growing Stronger Together'.

Steve Aiken, chief executive of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, said the delegates would discuss opportunities for the British and Irish economies and the challenges surrounding access to investment, as well as the future of Britain in Europe and supporting economic development in Northern Ireland.

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