Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland economy must 'compete globally', Women in Business conference hears

Business in Northern Ireland must focus on transforming the province into a "globally competitive economy", the annual Women in Business conference has heard.

The province's most influential businesspeople attended last week's gathering at the Ramada Plaza in Belfast.

IT giant Fujitsu was the main sponsor of the event, which was themed The Future of Business.

Guest speakers included Regina Moran from the company as well as Carla Tully, the president of energy giant AES UK and Ireland.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton also attended and told delegates: "I am clear that our focus should be full square on transforming Northern Ireland into a globally competitive economy."

Women in Business also announced the appointment of five male 'gender diversity champions' from business - Malcolm McKibbin, head of the NI Civil Service, John Healy, managing director of Allstate NI, Ray Hutchinson, the head of Gilbert-Ash, CBI chairman David Gavaghan and Queen's University vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston.

Belfast Telegraph