Belfast Telegraph

Global business people flock home in bid to boost Belfast's development

By Staff Reporter

Businesspeople from across the globe with links to Belfast will return home next month to lend their insights on the future development of the city.

Delegates from government and the international creative, legal and tech industries will be taking part in the third annual Belfast International Homecoming, in association with Ulster Bank, between October 12 and 14.

The conference at Titanic Belfast will also draw city mayors, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world - addressing issues such as the development of the city and how it can attract and keep talent.

Speakers will include First Derivatives plc chief executive Brian Conlon - who returned home from New York to establish his financial software company in Newry.

Mr Conlon said: "As we continually expand business operations around the globe we are proud to be headquartered in Northern Ireland and proud of our many Northern Irish employees that are contributing to our growth.

"We also know there are many skilled people from Ireland working around the world and this event gives us a chance to welcome them home and at the same time use those connections to further strengthen our own global network.

"The Homecoming enables business, political and community leaders from Belfast and beyond to engage with and inform our friends living in other countries about the amazing work going on here in business, in communities and in the arts. It is a fantastic showcase of what we have to offer."

The line-up of speakers also includes Marie Macklin of the Klin Group in Glasgow, as well as Joseba Asiron, the mayor of Pamplona.

Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank head of Northern Ireland, said: "Entrepreneurship and providing important support and advice to local businesses is a core part of what we do and I look forward to hearing from an exciting range of speakers."

Belfast Telegraph