Business Diary . . . events coming up
Announcing details of Belfast Summit 2024, taking place in the new Belfast campus of Ulster University on Thursday February 15, are (from left) Alan Crow, Belfast One; Professor Duncan Morrow, Ulster University; Eimear McCracken, Belfast One; Damien Corr, Destination CQ; Brendan Mulgrew, MW Advocate; and Chris McCracken, Linen Quarter BID. Details at (@Matt Mackey)


Innovation Factory on the Springfield Road in Belfast will host a seminar to demystify Chat GPT on February 8 to help businesses stay on top of the massive changes in communications technology.

The Complete Guide to Chat GPT will explain how this technology can assist customer engagement by automating routine tasks, saving time and resources. The masterclass will also look at techniques to tailor chatbot interactions to individual customers, creating a more personalised experience for customers.

The event, which is open to all, will be held from 9.30-11.30am and be led by Ciaran Connolly, founder of ProfileTree, a leading web design and digital marketing agency. Pre-booking is required.

He said: “Technologies like ChatGPT are transforming how businesses connect with customers.. By showcasing how these technologies are easy and cost-effective to use, we hope to empower local businesses to boost sales and stay competitive in an increasingly digital landscape.”

To book a free space at the Complete Guide to Chat GPT go to:


Menopause NI is hosting a ‘Menopause ChangeMaker’ training workshop on Friday February 22 in Catalyst, Belfast from 8.30am-1pm.

Hosted by Siobhan Kearney, the half-day training programme is a cost-effective way to ensure businesses in Northern Ireland are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to champion menopause awareness and support within their workplace. It is designed to guide participants through practical steps, instilling confidence in teams to address menopause-related topics and connect women with additional support.

Businesses can proactively drive change, fostering a workplace that prioritises diversity, inclusion and compliance with relevant legislation.

Attendees will gain essential skills, knowledge, and tools to become Menopause ChangeMakers. After completing the workshop, participants will be equipped to deliver ongoing information and support around the menopause in their organisation and receive a formal accreditation. Tickets and information can be found at

Siobhan Kearney, who host the Menopause NI Menopause ChangeMaker training workshop on Friday February 22


The Belfast City Centre Gift Card, an initiative funded by the Belfast Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Belfast One, Destination CQ and Linen Quarter since 2019, has announced they’ve surpassed its 2023 target of £500,000 by achieving £550,000 in sales, and directly benefiting the 223 businesses involved.

Its Christmas moments campaign #GiftTheCity not only helped break the sales target, but positioned it as the number three best-selling gift card at Christmas in a league table featuring 106 Town & City Gift Cards from across the UK.

The Belfast card can be used in 223 city centre businesses from across the BIDs locations, including retail, health & and beauty, bars, restaurants and hotels. It’s simply a Mastercard-based gift card that works in the same way as department store or shopping centre gift cards.

Customers purchase a card online at, choose the amount to load on to it and make it a gift. There are a range of ways to receive the card. It can be delivered directly to the gift recipient’s door, downloaded as an e-card, or via a click and collect option. Corporate gift cards have also proved popular and are usually hand delivered due to the value of cards - always maintaining an extremely high level of customer service. All gift cards are valid for a year.

Belfast City Centre Gift Card
Belfast lord mayor Ryan Murphy (second right) celebrates the Belfast City Centre Gift Card initiative with BID managers


Check Point Ireland will host the first Cyber Leader Summit in Northern Ireland on Wednesday February 14, aimed at senior IT & business leaders from across the region.

The summit is unlike any other in the cybersecurity realm, convening cyber & business leaders from across the public and private sectors in the north – with thought leadership from Check Point, Microsoft, GitHub, Women in Cyber Security, plus insights from leading IT decision makers in Ireland.

The event, taking place in Titanic Belfast, will facilitate collaboration and how the region as a community meets the challenges of the rapidly evolving threat landscape and the opportunities that 2024 presents.

The event will include a cyber leaders panel comprising Deryck Mitchelson, head of global CISO team & C-Suite adviser at Check Point; Jennifer Cox, director at Women in Cyber Security; Séamus Gallagher, IT & security director at Danske Bank; Matt Lemon, CSO at Sparkoo Cloud Ireland; and Joanne English, Cluster Manager, NI Cyber. More details at


AIB NI has partnered with early talent experts Workplus to hold a special event for young people, parents and career changers during NI Apprenticeship Week.

The bank already has a strong early talent culture and is looking to further grow its staff in Northern Ireland in 2024 through apprenticeships.

There are currently a number of apprenticeship opportunities in AIB NI across branch, retail, business and mortgage areas.

The AIB NI Open Night event will take place at 5pm on Tuesday February 6 at the AIB NI head office at Ann Street, Belfast. The event is free to attend and will include information on the apprenticeship roles available, talks from senior members of AIB NI, interviews with current apprentices, and guidance on the application process. To register, visit Eventbrite here.

Applications for AIB NI’s apprenticeship opportunities can be made through Workplus – applications are currently open until February 23.

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week runs from February 5-9 with the theme Apprenticeships: Release Your Potential.