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Dragon’s Den star is speaker at Chamber lunch

Dragon’s Denstar Peter Casey is the guest speaker at this year’s Londonderry Chamber ofCommerce President’s Lunch.  This is one of the most important events inthe business calendar in the North West of Ireland.

Peter Caseywas born and brought up in Derry, but is now based in Atlanta.  He willspeak to Chamber members and guests on the theme of ‘tax and talent’. These are both major topics of interest for enterprises in Derry, givencross-border taxation challenges and the constant efforts by the Chamber andothers to develop the supply of skills and talent in the region.

LondonderryChamber of Commerce Gerry Kindlon said: “This is a real coup for our Chamber toattract a star speaker of the quality of Peter Casey.  Peter is one ofthat rare breed – a person famous to both the business community as one oftheir own and also to the general public.  This gives Peter a respectedposition in speaking knowledgeably about business issues, while being listenedto by a wider audience.

“Peter has anamazing experience as an entrepreneur.  He has done it, seen it and ishelping a new generation of entrepreneurs to do it too.  There is no doubtthat his words of wisdom can help our members learn to run their businesseseven better.  We are very excited.”

· The LondonderryChamber of Commerce President’s Lunch takes place at Beech Hill Hotel, Derry,12.30, Wednesday, 20 May.

· About PeterCasey.  He is a star of RTE’s Dragon’s Den.  RTE’s biography states:

Derrynative Peter Casey is Founder and Executive Chairman of Claddagh Resources, aglobal recruitment and search business that places high-level executives withsome of the world's largest and most influential consulting and IT firms.

Havingestablished successful business interests in Australia and Ireland, Peter Caseyset up Claddagh Resources in Atlanta, Georgia in 1995, where he is now based.

Claddaghcurrently operates from five locations worldwide including their European baseoutside Buncrana in Donegal. Their clients include well-known names such asTata Consulting Services, Ernst & Young, Oracle, AVG Software and SAP.

Peterlives in Atlanta with his wife Helen and their five children and divides histime between there and his family home in Derry. He travels extensively,working with a portfolio of blue chip clients worldwide.

He is alsoan accomplished writer, political and business commentator, with articlespublished in the Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post among others. Hehas also just written a book on the Tata Group. Outside work he enjoys a gameof golf.

Peter wasnamed by Irish America Magazine as one the leading Irish American businessmenfor 2007. Since 2009, Peter has invested in commercial, residential andagricultural property in Ireland. Peter's approach to business is simple, he likesto invest in people.