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Commerce Week: Day 1

To start the week, we visited Invest NI to give us an overview of the Northern Irish economy and learn about local business. While there we learned about the importance of the private sector.
04-June-19
Commerce Week: Day 1

Commerce week: Day 1

To start the week, we visited Invest NI to give us an overview of the Northern Irish economy and learn about local business. While there we learned about the importance of the private sector which was described as “the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.” We also learned more about Northern Ireland’s contribution to the world of commerce through Citi group which employs 2100 people and makes 600,000 transactions each day worth £1.2 trillion. Other companies such as Schrader electronics and Wright bus are at the forefront of their respective fields in the electrical and automotive industries. Invest NI’s aim is to promote investment into the Northern Irish economy to allow us to compete at a global scale. This set the tone for the rest of the week.

Our second visit of the day was to Grant Thornton an accountancy firm but also a professional services firm. They employ 50,000 people in over 130 countries. While there we learned about our own personalities and how we best communicate and contribute to a working environment in a fun and interactive manner. Personalities ranged from the direct and decisive leaders to extroverted, charismatic presenters. This has enabled us to learn more about ourselves and will maximise our input to group tasks

Our third visit was to Eastside Partnership a non-profit organisation who invest into the local area “to make East Belfast a better place.” We learned of their involvement in encouraging physical activity through ‘Sustrans’ and their contributions to creating green recreational spaces such as the Connswater Community Greenway was previously a rundown area of land. They give opportunities to the local community and it was a very interesting insight into a regeneration programme. Their mission is highly commendable and something which we will hopefully support in the future.

Our final destination of the day was to Catalyst inc an independent, non-profit organisation that creates office premises for new start-up businesses and intends to help people with ideas to grow it into a business opportunity. They now have over 170 tenant companies that includes the likes of Microsoft, Novosco, IBM and Dell as well as local businesses such a B secure. B Secures mission is to ‘revolutionise the way people experience technology in the connected world, every day, by using their unique heartbeat’ and to see this technology first-hand was undoubtedly a highlight and makes you feel proud that Northern Ireland is producing companies like B secure which are driving technological advancement to improve our everyday lives.

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