Declan Kelly is taking part in a webinar today, run by MLN

:: Globally renowned business strategist and former US special economic envoy to Northern Ireland Declan Kelly is to feature in a virtual business summit taking place today (2pm-3.15pm), run by the Management Leadership Network.

An adviser to world-leading CEOs and businesses, he will be in conversation with MLN champion Feargal McCormack (himself an adviser to leading businesses across the island of Ireland).

Declan, who is chairman and co-founder of Teneo, an advisory firm that tackles the world's toughest business challenges, will discuss a wide range of topics including his own incredible leadership journey from rural Tipperary to New York City, and his view on how businesses can compete and win by applying tomorrow’s logic to today’s turbulence.

The virtual summit has been created by MLN in partnership with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, and to attend, visit (pre-registration is essential).

:: Following the success of its inaugural Digital Growth Programme, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Ards and North Down Borough Council say the initiative, which has more than supported 150 micro and small businesses in the regions since it was launched in January, has been extended to include three additional free webinars over the next four weeks.

The project has already provided One-to-One Mentoring Support from a digital expert to 45 businesses since March and over 100 businesses have availed of the series of free ‘Go To Webinars’.

The new webinars, which are open to all micro and small businesses within the two regions, will include Cyber Security: What Your Business Needs To Know, taking place today.

A host of experts, including the NI Cyber Security Centre, will cover a range of topics including why SMEs need to have cyber security on their radar; practical steps that can be taken to protect against cyber security breaches and will look at the current threat landscape and how businesses should keep up to date with this.

Other webinars in Digital Growth Programme (register at are:

:: Tuesday July 7 - Creating AR and VR Experiences in Your Business

:: Wednesday August 5 - Instagram for Business

:: Thursday September 17 - Email Marketing for Autumn; Tools, Campaigns and Tips

:: A webinar entitled ‘Hydrogen getting the green light, driving Europe’s green recovery’ takes place tomorrow at 10am.

Hydrogen is empowering Europe’s energy transition and is a powerful enabler for the energy transition, with benefits for both the energy system and end-use applications.

The event will be introduced by Belfast Metropolitan College innovation manager Paul McCormack, and there will be contributions from Dr Rory Monaghan (NUIG), Ian Williamson (HyEnergy), Mark Welsh (Energia) and a key industry guest speaker, and the event will wrap up with a Q&A session at around 11.40am.

Registration is through Eventbrite.

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