BBC presenter Maggie Philbin to speak in Derry

Maggie Philbin will speak in Derry.
Maggie Philbin will speak in Derry.

BBC’s “Face of Technology” Maggie Philbin, will speak in Derry tomorrow as part of Derry’s Enterprise Week.

The Tomorrow’s World presenter and TeenTech CEO ill give an inspirational keynote address joining other speakers including hospitality expert Georgina Campbell, social enterprise guru David Erasmus and digital entrepreneur Shaa Wasmund.

Maggie Philbin will speak tomorrow at the North West Regional College from 1730-1930

Businesses across Derry and Strabane have a busy week ahead as the biggest event in the local business calendar, Enterprise Week 2015, kicks off on Monday with its most ambitious programme to date.

Now in its third year, this year’s programme runs from Monday February 23 until Friday February 27 and is organised by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities Team, with support from Invest Northern Ireland through the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson encouraged local companies in all sectors to come along and avail of the wide range of expertise on offer.

“Today marks the start of an exciting week for any local company seeking advice or support in taking their business venture to the next level. The team here at Derry City Council has put together a fantastic programme of events covering all areas of industry, from the latest innovations in digital technology to channeling creative ideas into business opportunities.

“I would encourage all local enterprises to come along and see what’s on offer in terms or practical support and to learn from some of the leading experts in their fields. As we move towards our merger with Strabane district council I hope we will see a good turnout from Strabane companies this year. It promises to be an exciting week of opportunity and inspiration for local business.”

Business Opportunities manager with Derry City Council, Louise Breslin, said they were looking forward to a busy week. “I’m delighted at the level of interest in the programme, we’ve had so much positive feedback about the many events on offer. We have some fantastic speakers this year including cookery writer and TV presenter James McIntosh, Kara Academy founder Alan O’Neill and founder of the Trampery Charles Armstrong.

“Due to Derry’s first rate digital infrastructure, digital enterprise is a strong focus this year, and there will be lots of opportunities to find out more about how businesses in all sectors can improve their digital presence.

“There will also be the chance to sign up for our Super Connected Derry scheme providing funding of up to £3000 for businesses hoping to improve efficiency by significantly increasing their broadband speeds. I look forward to meeting up with our many regular business partners, and to finding out more about the emerging talent just waiting to come to the fore.”

Speaking on behalf of Invest NI, North West Regional Manager Des Gartland said: “We are delighted to take an active role in supporting what has become an extremely important event in the business calendar providing local companies with the ideal forum to both network and access crucial information to benefit their business.

“I’m really pleased to the see the expansion of the programme this year, which has even more to offer now in terms of its appeal and value to a diverse range of industries.”

Events throughout the week include panel discussions, workshops, meet the buyer events, one to one business consultations and case study presentations.

Anyone interested in taking part in any of the week’s events should register in advance to secure places, but registration for events which are not already booked up can also take place on the day. To find out how your business can take part, more information on the programme and to register for individual workshops go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/BusinessOpportunities/EnterpriseWeek.