BUSINESS DIARY . . . events coming up

International opportunities, global trends and winning ways feature in Hospitality Exchange 2023, seen being launched by NIHF president Eddie McKeever. The two day conference will take place on October 17 & 18 in Belfast's Crowne Plaza Hotel (


:: Business transformation consultancy OutForm Consulting will host a Lean Competency System (LCS) learning event for professionals in the manufacturing, infrastructure, and utilities industries.

Free of charge and open to first line decision makers and project managers in related fields, the training event will take place at The MAC, Belfast on Tuesday September 26 from noon to 5.30pm.

Participants who attend and complete the one-day LCS course will receive a Lean certification from Cardiff University and will leave with an understanding of the fundamental ideas and concepts of the framework.

LCS is a globally recognised Lean qualification introduced in 2005 by the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) at Cardiff University. It has since been adopted by private and public sectors in the UK and internationally.


Launching the ‘Unlocking New Cross-Border Trade Opportunities’ conference taking place on September 27 are (from left) Dr Loretta O’Sullivan, chief economist, EY Ireland; Colin McCabrey, director of trade, InterTradeIreland; and Ronan Callan, director of operations, Exact Group NI




:: InterTradeIreland is inviting businesses of all sizes to its ‘Unlocking New Cross-Border Trade Opportunities’ conference, taking place on Wednesday September 27 at the Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre, Dublin Castle.

The conference will promote the emerging cross-border trade prospects for businesses and display the latest free support available to help businesses navigate the post-Brexit trading environment.

Business leaders and trade experts including Dr Vincent Power SC, widely recognised as Ireland’s most experienced EU competition lawyer, will share their insights at the event, hosted by former RTÉ journalist Tommie Gorman.

A number of business leaders including Exact Group NI’s director of operations Ronan Callan, will share their experiences in achieving successful cross-border employment and trade.

Businesses will also hear about how InterTradeIreland can support firms to avail of new and emerging cross-border export opportunities.

The conference will launch InterTradeIreland’s new Cross-Border Trade Hub, a digital ‘one stop shop’ that guides companies through the changes to cross-border trading conditions under the Windsor Framework.

Businesses can access specialist technical support regarding trade matters at no cost, saving them time and money. On the day, attendees can meet one-to-one with specialist business mentors to receive free advice on areas including regulation, employment, customs and VAT.

For the full programme and to register free of charge, visit


:: United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Jane Hartley has been named as keynote speaker for the 2023 WiB Group Chair’s lunch.

Ambassador Hartley will address over 400 business leaders and entrepreneurs at the annual event which is this year celebrating 21 years of Women in Business and its collective impact on the Northern Ireland economy and wider society.

Taking place on Friday October 13 at Titanic Belfast, the lunch is sponsored by the Department for the Economy, Allstate and Queen’s University Belfast. Table bookings and single seats are still available to book at


:: The annual Hospitality Exchange conference organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) takes place on October 17 & 18 at the Crowne Plaza Belfast.

Now in its 24th year, the event continues to serve as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and excellence in the industry, bringing together influencers and innovators from the hotel, food, and tourism sectors.

Four pivotal themes will define this year’s event: People, Teams & Building Success; The Green Dream; The Global Marketplace and The True Value of Tourism.

The "People Power" session, hosted by Tim Browne, will feature insights from notable speakers, including Adrian Ellis from the Lowry Hotel and Tom Booton, executive chef at The Grill by Tom Booton at The Dorchester in London.

There will also be an opportunity to experience Tom’s innovative cooking at a gourmet dinner on the eve of this year’s Hospitality Exchange in The Merchant Hotel. The menu will include classic dishes with a twist incorporating local Northern Ireland ingredients.

In previous years, Hospitality Exchange has attracted over 600 delegates over the course of two days with business leaders from the hotel, accommodation, and hospitality sectors along with those from allied tourism industries and government agencies.

To view the full programme and make a booking visit


:: MEGA are partnering with the Magherafelt and Rural Learning Partnership Careers Committee to bring the first Explore Engineering event to the Mid Ulster area.

The aim of this exciting event is to Inspire the next generation of Engineers by introducing students to the variety of manufacturing companies (and career opportunities) on our doorstep, showcasing the products manufactured and produced, and engaging students in hands-on, interactive activities that will ignite an interest and plant the engineering seed.

The Explore Engineering event will take place on Wednesday October 18 (10.30am-5pm) and is open to all disciplines of engineering including civil, software, agricultural, etc