Belfast Summit urges leaders to future proof their business

Pictured on stage at the Responsible Business Summit are: Joysy John, NESTA; Kirsty Britz, RBS; Owen Brennan, Devenish Nutrition and Lucy Siegle, environmental journalist and author

FUTURE proofing your business was the key message at yesterday's Responsible Business Summit, held at Belfast Waterfront.

The event, now in its fourth year, opened with over 100 chief executives attending Business in the Community’s annual CEO Breakfast Forum, delivered in partnership with the CBI.

At the breakfast, key note speaker, Sky plc chief executive, Jeremy Darroch challenged those in attendance on the subject of innovation as a means of futureproofing business.

The full-day summit, organised by Business in the Community and supported by Ulster Bank also featured a marketplace-style exhibition area, showcasing a range of third sector partners and leaders in the responsible business agenda as well as a host of interactive workshop sessions and Q&As, which allowed delegates to engage with the speakers.

Kieran Harding, managing director of Business in the Community said:

“In a world that is ever-evolving, it is vital that businesses are agile and ready to adapt to meet new challenges and opportunities. Events like this are the ideal platform for businesses to come together and learn, not only from leading speakers and thinkers, but also from each other.

“I hope that all delegates found the day valuable, with lots of thought-provoking content to help them make their businesses more responsible, relevant and sustainable in the future.”

Richard Donnan, head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland added:

"Embracing innovation is imperative to long-term success and sustainability, and this event provided the ideal opportunity for like-minded businesses to share ideas for improvement.”

The Irish News was the Summit media partner and the event was held in partnership with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and supported by a number of leading organisations including ASDA, Belfast Harbour, BT, Diageo, firstsource and Origin Digital.

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