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Business leaders to debate the future of the North West economy

The future of the North West economy and the role it could play in delivering economic prosperity to the whole of Northern Ireland will be the topic at the centre of a major debate event in Derry-Londonderry this week.

The debate is the third in a series of Danske Advantage events hosted by Danske Bank in partnership with some of Northern Ireland’s leading business organisations. The North West economic debate with Londonderry Chamber of Commerce will see over 100 business leaders gather on September 23 at the Great Hall in Ulster University’s Magee campus.

At the event each table of business leaders will discuss the key issues facing the regional economy and the opportunities for growth, with that information fed back to the wider audience by high profile debate facilitators. They include Finance Minister Arlene Foster, Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan, John Kelpie, CEO of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Professor Paddy Nixon, VC of Ulster University and John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI. 

Danske Bank’s Chief Economist Angela McGowan will also present on the economic opportunities for the North West and Northern Ireland.

Sinead McLaughlin, CEO of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber are committed to ensuring that the business environment in which our members’ trade is conducive to their needs.  What is missing from the public debate in Northern Ireland is a consideration of how a long-term strategy of investment, local enterprise development and entrepreneurial public policy could collectively transform the NW economy. I am really looking forward to a full and frank engagement with all the debate leaders as we grapple with the issues affecting progress.”

Redmond McFadden, head of Danske Bank’s Derry-Londonderry Finance Centre added: “Danske Bank is committed to supporting businesses in all regions of Northern Ireland as we know the challenges companies face and their opportunities for growth are often unique to their location. This latest Danske Advantage event is designed to generate debate and stimulate ideas that could help address some of the long term issues that are stopping the North West from realising its full potential.”