Appetite for Growth Industry Breakfast 2017

The Annual NIFDA Appetite for Growth Conference is taking a different format this year as well as moving location. The theme for discussion is “Navigating the Challenges Ahead” with guest speaker Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator and a panel of industry experts will tackle the topic of “Preparing for Brexit”.

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Thursday 21 September 2017
Venue: The Carriage Rooms, Montalto Estate, Spa Road, Ballynahinch, Co Down, BT24 8PT
Time: 8.00am – 11.30am
FREE to attend

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Programme (subject to change)

8.00am – Registration & Networking Breakfast – provided by Yellow Door featuring local food and drink produce.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with Christine Tacon on a one to one basis. 
09.00am – Welcome & Industry Update – Michael Bell – NIFDA Executive Director
09.05am – Sponsors’ Address – Richard Primrose, Bank of Ireland
09.15am – Keynote Address “Driving Change, Making Impact” – Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator
09.55am – Networking Break
10.15am – The Brexit Challenge – Declan Billington, Chairman, NIFDA
10.25am – Panel & Floor Discussion – Preparing for Brexit
Panellists: Declan Billington, Victor Chestnutt (Ulster Farmers’ Union), Alan Bridle (Bank of Ireland Chief Economist) Tina McKenzie (Staffline Group, Diamond Recruitment, PeoplePlus) plus leading industry retailer. 
11.25am – Wrap Up
11.30am – Close



The Carriage Rooms are situated within the grounds of Montalto Estate, just outside Ballynahinch which is 30 minutes from Belfast City Centre.  Ample free parking is available in the purpose-built, split-level car park and free wi-fi is provided throughout.  The Carriage Room on the first floor will host the NIFDA Appetite for Growth Industry Breakfast.

If you have any questions relating to the conference, please contact Lauren Huston, Morrow Communications on Tel: 028 90 393837 or email