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Best foot forward for The Remarkable Marketing Awards taking place on May 31 are (from left) Aidan Harbinson (Horrible Brands), Sarah Stewart (Mrktsearch), Tina Calder (Excalibur Press), Kris Byers (Horrible Brands) and Albert Hamilton (CARD Group Research & Insight)


The north’s first dedicated awards ceremony celebrating individual marketers and their talents has opened for entries.

The Remarkable Marketing Awards, which are the brainchild of marketer Treena Clarke, founder of the hugely popular annual Big Marketing Meet Up conference, will be held on Friday May 31 at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Hosted by communicator and presenter Emer Maguire, the RMA’s are calling on all marketers and their teams to blow their own trumpets and nominate themselves or their colleagues to be recognised for their creativity, innovation and marketing successes.

Nominations are open until March 8. It’s completely free to enter and there are just three questions to answer, which will be judged by a panel of industry experts from outside of Northern Ireland.

Leading the judging panel is Walter Campbell, one of the most award-winning creative thinkers and inspirational ECD’s in advertising. Best known for his TV work, his film “Surfer” for Guinness was voted Best Commercial of All Time by the UK public.

Walter is joined by judges from across Europe including Sara Riis-Carstensen, who has worked with iconic brands including Lego, DeBeers and Lufthansa and Steve Brown who led the comms strategy for Absolut Vodka as well as previously judging the Drum Marketing Awards.

There are 20 categories from across 15 business sectors and five team and individual marketer awards, including in sectors like technology and innovation, charity and not for profit , and media and creative.

The RMA’s are headline-sponsored by Card Group Research and Insight, along with category sponsors Excalibur Press, Horrible and Mrktsearch.

To enter, buy tickets or find out more go to

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Launching the BelTec EDU day on March 8 are Matthew Evers, director of IT recruitment at VANRATH, Danielle Keenan, social responsibility manager at Kainos, and Kris Thompson, head of digital channels & solutions at Danske Bank (THOMAS MCMULLAN)


BelTech EDU will return in March with its 11th annual conference to support the next generation of aspiring technologists.

Taking place at Titanic Belfast on Friday March 8, this year’s sold-out BelTech EDU, held in partnership with VANRATH, will see over 400 students gain insights from leading industry experts and hear from a stellar line up of engaging guest speakers. Students will have the opportunity to explore the potential of AI through live demonstrations and can participate in an online app competition to design an app prototype aimed at young people.

Tailored to post-primary students, BelTech EDU will feature an inspirational career panel with advice and information available from leaders in the tech sector, to give students an insight into the alternative routes for employment.

One of the main themes of BelTech EDU, this year, is the power of Generative AI. BelTech EDU will explore practical applications, ethics, cyber security, and environmental considerations of Artificial Intelligence.

Kainos, Danske Bank, and partners are inviting students aged 13-18 to participate in an online app competition to design an app prototype for young people, with £500 up for grabs for the winning design.

To find out more and register for the conference visit:

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Helping to officially launch the Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI) and the Women in Construction Network 3rd Women in Construction Summit on Wednesday March 13 at Crowne Plaza Hotel are Rachel Dorovatas from CITB NI and summit host Sarah Travers (Peter O'Hara Photography)


Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI), and the Women in Construction Network will host the third Women in Construction Summit on Wednesday March 13 at Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

With a focus on ‘Redefining Foundations’, the summit will honour women whilst exploring and challenging business foundations within the NI construction industry.

Research reveals that women working in construction is on the increase with 37% of new entrants into the industry that came from higher education are women. Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs.

The full day conference will challenge the business foundations within the construction industry and will present inspirational stories, business advice and career development for women currently working in the construction industry, those thinking of joining and for employers who support diversity or best practice in the industry.

Key topics include performance culture, growth mindset, sustainability, AI, mentoring and networking. The Summit will help attendees gain insights into career management, discover influential role models and seize the opportunity to expand professional networks.

Hosted by former BBC journalist Sarah Travers, the summit will feature key note speaker and transitional change specialist Breda McCague. It will also feature Jules Coleman, co-founder and CTO of, the UK’s largest residential architecture practice.

Panelist and guest speakers include Oonagh O’Reilly and Marie-Claire McGreevy from MCO Performance, Nicky Scott, Women in Business NI Cathy Brennan, Resourceful Planner, as well as representative from a range of NI construction businesses and women focused organisations.

Tickets for the summit are £90 and can be bought at