Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Chartered Management Institute and Ulster University Ulster Business School supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Causeway Enterprise Agency and Invest NI Invite you to join them on Wednesday 25th May for an Economic Conference 'Managing Your Business in the 2016 Economy'. 

Date: Wednesday 25th May 2016

Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm (reg 8.45am)

Venue: Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA


While managing in the 2016 economy brings new and unique challenges for businesses of all sizes, this event is your opportunity to hear from the Associate Director of the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, Gareth Hetherington and engage with our local government, education and business support organisations on the future economic strategy for business in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough.

In order to improve the productivity and performance of your business, our host for the event David Meade will also deliver a practical workshop 'Developing a Growth Mindset', which will provide delegates with the tools and techniques to get the right mindset for dealing with an economy in recovery. 

Ticket Price : £15+ Vat (Refreshments and Lunch Included)

To register for this event, please use the link provided below. 


Tea & Coffee 


Ian Donaghey MBE, President Causeway Chamber of Commerce 
Michelle Knight-McQuillan, Mayor Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Setting the Scene for BREXIT - Event Host, Jim Fitzpatrick 

The Big Debate hosted by Jim Fitzpatrick featuring

  • Jim Allister MLA, TUV Leader

  • Martina Anderson MEP, Sinn Fein

  • Kevin McCorry, Non-party political People's Movement

  • Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association


Panel Q&A 

Closing Remarks 
Ian Donaghey, President Causeway Chamber of Commerce

 To book your place, please RSVP before Thursday 7th April 2016 to 


Event Host



Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim is an award-winning broadcaster, producer and journalist with an interest in Ireland's economics & politics.

A former Editor of Economics and Business for the BBC in Ireland, he previously fronted much of the BBC NI's political coverage as the presenter of The Politics Show, Stormont programming and party conferences.


 He has also been a familiar face to audiences in Northern Ireland as a regular presenter on BBC Newsline. Jim has also led investigations for BBC current affairs flagship-Spotlight. His investigation into the collaspe of Sean Quinn's business empire and hunt for missing assets won the programme the 2014 Irish Film and Television Award for best current affairs programme.

Jim has also worked as part of BBC Northern Ireland's presenting team during election coverage and has regularly presented on Radio Ulster. He has interviewed many leading politicians from Ireland, the UK and beyond. Prior to joining the BBC Jim worked as an investigative reporter with UTV from 2000. 



Martina Anderson, Sinn Fein MEP 

Following the resignation of Bairbre de Brún from her seat as MEP for the Six Counties, Derry based MLA and Junior Minister in the Stormont executive, Martina Anderson, was selected by the Party to replace her. She officially became the Six Counties MEP in June 2012.

Martina Anderson is from the Bogside area of Derry, and was born in 1962. She has been involved with the Irish republican struggle for over thirty years. Having spent over thirteen years as a political prisoner in prisons in England and Ireland she was released in 1998 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and immediately became involved in working in Sinn Féin.

She was part of the party's political management in the Assembly in Belfast, and then for almost three years she served as the party's All Ireland Political Co-ordinator promoting, upgrading and mainstreaming the All Ireland agenda. Following the 2006 Ard Fheis (Congress), at which the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD indicated the priority of developing an entirely new relationship with unionism Martina was appointed to the role of Sinn Féin's Director of Unionist Engagement. This is a task she has pursed with  vigour, leading to a number of first public meetings between the party leadership and churches and opinion makers with unionism.

She was elected in 2007 as an Assembly member for the Foyle constituency, representing her home city of Derry, at which point she was nominated as one of the first Sinn Féin members of the Policing Board. In 2011 she was made Junior Minister in the office of First Minister & Deputy First Minister, working alongside her party colleague Martin McGuinness.

In May 2012, she was proposed by the party's Six County Executive as replacement for Bairbre de Brun as the party's Member of the European Parliament.

She then topped the poll in the 2014 European Parliament election.

She is the Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Palestine.

She is a member of the LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justive and Home Affairs), REGI (Regional Development) and AFCO (Constitutional Affairs) Committees.

She also sits on a number of intergroups within the Parliament. 

Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trail Association 


Glyn Roberts has been Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) from January 2008 after serving seven years as Head if Parliamentary Affairs with the Federation of Small Businesses in Northern Ireland.

Glyn was appointed as the new Chairman of Colleges NI in November 2014. Previously he was a member of the SERC Governing body.

In December 2015, Glyn was appointed to the steering group of the 2016 Year of Food and Drink and as Chair of its Skills Group. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Forum on Apprenticeships. 


Jim Allister MLA, TUV Leader 


Jim Allister is the leader of Traditional Unionist Voice and represented North Antrim in the Northern Ireland Assembly since 2011.

He has demonstrated an ability to deliver not just accountability but positive legislative change, like Ann's Law - banning terrorists as Special Advisers and obtaining pension parity for the RUC widows. Named by BBC 'The View' as the best MLA in Stormont.

He served Northern Ireland in the European Parliament 2004-09 where he was named by the Taxpayers' Alliance as the UK's best MEP. A noted Euro sceptic he strongly opposes the haemorrhaging of power to Brussels.

Having studied law he was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1976 and in 2001 was elevated to the Senior Bar where he had a successful career specialising in criminal law.

Living in the heart of Co Antrim he is married to Ruth. They have three grown up children and two grandsons.


Kevin McCorry, non-party political People's Movement 


 Member of the non-party political People's Movement. Former full-time organiser of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association and founding member of the Dublin based Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Opposes the EU on democratic and internationalist grounds. Believes that EU integration has deprived Europe's nation states of their national democracy and independence and also represents a gradual coup by government executives againist legislatures and by politicians againist the citizens who elect them. It thus turns the State itself into an enemy of its own people, while clamping on them a form of financial feudalism on Europe.

All across the EU citizens are waking up to this destruction of their national democracy. I believe in the need to link together political party and non-party organisations in the different EU countries on the centre, left and right of politics but excluding racist and fascist bodies in parallel cross-national campaigning on EU matters.

Currently active in campaign to highlight dangers of job destroying Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is being negotiated by the EU on behalf of its 28 Member States. 



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