Thursday 10th November 2016
Canal Court Hotel, Newry
8.00am - 2.00pm
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Speaker Bios

    Keynote Speakers

  • Joanne Sweeney-Burke
    Joanne Sweeney-Burke
    CEO, Digital Training Institute
    Joanne Sweeney-Burke is the CEO of Digital Training Institute, a Galway-based digital marketing and training agency. Joanne is a published author and is currently writing her second social media book. She is a writer for Social Media Examiner, the world’s largest social media website and is also an international speaker. Joanne recently spoke at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco at the ...
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  • Joan McClean
    Joan McClean
    Senior Sales Manager, Google Inc
    Joan McClean is a Senior Sales Manager in Google Inc., in Dublin and she currently manages a team supporting large French companies who use Google’s Marketing solutions. She has previously managed teams supporting Spain, Italy, Benelux and the Nordics. Joan is from just outside Newry, attended a local Grammar School and went on to study International Business Communication in the University...
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  • Feargal McCormack
    Feargal McCormack
    MD, PKF-FPM Accountants Ltd
    Feargal McCormack FCA was the founder and Managing Partner of FPM Chartered Accountants, an award winning pro-active all-island accountancy and business advice practice, with offices in Newry, Dundalk, Belfast, Balbriggan, Dungannon and Mallusk. The practice rebranded PKF-FPM with effect from 1 June 2014 and Feargal is currently the Managing Director of PKF-FPM Accountants Ltd. In June 2012, Fear...
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  • Gareth Chambers
    Gareth Chambers
    CEO, Around Noon Ltd
    31-Year-old Gareth Chambers is CEO of Around Noon Ltd, Ireland’s leading food to go specialist. Around Noon make “hand held food for people on the move” and Gareth is leading the charge in an effort to change how we do lunch. Having grown the business to from £2M to a turnover of £16M in less than 4 years; Gareth has huge growth ambitions for the business and his tea...
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  • Workshop Facilitators

  • Paddy Savage
    Paddy Savage
    Operations Manager InterTradeIreland
    Paddy Savage has been with InterTradeIreland since its inception in 1999 and is currently responsible for the management of InterTradeIreland’s suite of trade programmes including Acumen and Elevate, which are aimed at helping SMEs and microbusinesses to identify new market opportunities on the island of Ireland. He also has joint responsibility for the InterTradeIreland Trade Accelerator V...
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  • Majella Hughes
    Majella Hughes
    Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor, ASM
    Majella has over 20 years’ experience as an Accountant and heads the Cloud Accounting department in ASM Newry. Majella specialises in helping businesses get the most out of their accounting software and helping SME’s make the conversion from traditional methods of bookkeeping to Cloud technology....
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  • Geraldine O’Hagan
    Geraldine O’Hagan
    Commercial Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland
    I have 25 years experience dealing with all aspects of Consumer and SME business in the Newry area. I have a team of local business advisers who can help with all aspects of providing SMEs with working capital solutions whether as a new start-up or an established business. We work in tandem with Bank of Ireland UK’s team of local specialists to tailor a financial package to assist ambitious ...
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  • James Donaldson
    James Donaldson
    James has almost 20 years’ experience of working the electronics and security sector. A graduate from the University of Ulster, he has been involved in the cutting edge design and developments of new and emerging technology, with implementation of these technologies in Commercial, Public Sector, Industrial, Domestic and other sectors. An integral part of the ESS team, ESS is a local indepen...
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  • Caroline McKeown
    Caroline McKeown
    Business Manager, Ulster Bank
    For the last 10 years Caroline McKeown has worked as a Business Manager for Ulster Bank, managing a portfolio of customers, from a range of different sectors in the Greater Newry Area. Caroline previously worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers following her qualification as a Chartered Accountant in 2003. During her time with Ulster Bank she has been involved in a broad range of Banking transactions in...
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  • Stephen Comer
    Stephen Comer
    Senior Manager, South & East Down First Trust Bank
    Stephen manages the four branches in the area, Newry, Kilkeel, Warrenpoint and Newcastle. He is a career banker and has just completed 30 years with AIB group. Stephen has had a variety of roles in the retail / SME area as well as spending some time in setting up the banks corporate deposit taking function. His current role involves leading a team of 50 banking professionals providing banking serv...
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  • Nigel Sands
    Nigel Sands
    Trade Manager, Trade Division, Invest NI
    Nigel is based at Invest NI Headquarters in Belfast and heads-up the Trade Food Team, with responsibility for supporting local businesses in the sector, to export their products and services across the globe. He has been with Invest NI for 14 years, holding a range of positions during that time. Prior to Invest NI, Nigel spent 9 years as a Business Development Executive with the small business ag...
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  • Panel Discussion Moderator

  • Mark Crimmins
    Mark Crimmins
    Head of Small Business Division NI, Ulster Bank
    Mark is a chartered accountant trained and qualified with PWC 1993-1998. He joined Ulster Bank in 1998 and has worked across Large Corporates, Property and SME banking. Formerly head of Ulster Bank’s business centre in Newry and then Regional Director for the area. He is currently head of Ulster Bank’s Small Business division in Northern Ireland. Mark is married to Teresa with 3 child...
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