The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, the largest business network in the North West, is to host its 61st annual President’s Dinner on Friday, October 12 in the Everglades Hotel.

The theme of this year’s prestigious event is the City Deal, looking at the impact and importance of a deal for the North West city region.

North West Regional College is this year’s corporate partner and the President’s Dinner will be hosted by Sarah Travers (pictured above), with more than 300 attendees from across the diverse business community in attendance.

The dinner audience will hear from guest speakers, John Kelpie, the Chief Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council and Darragh McCarthy, the Founder and CEO of FinTrU, the multi-award-winning financial services company that has recently expanded its presence into the North West.

Jennifer McKeever, President of the Londonderry Chamber, said: “The Annual President’s Dinner is a focal point in the business calendar and this year is no exception.

“It is taking place at an exciting time for the region with the expansion of businesses such as FinTrU, as well as the invitation to submit a City Deal bid.

“A City Deal would have huge, positive impact across the North West, fueling the regional economy and providing opportunities for growth.”

“The event provides the perfect opportunity to discuss and explore the City Deal more and I am delighted to be able to welcome John Kelpie, Leo Murphy and Darragh McCarthy as our guest speakers to share their insights and visions.”

She added: “As the last President’s Dinner to take place before Brexit, it is the word that remains on everyone’s lips. Although there are concerns and uncertainties about the road ahead, there are also opportunities.

“The North West can be an important gateway in terms of location and development post-Brexit and the Chamber will continue to work to highlight this.”

Principal and Chief Executive North West Regional College, Leo Murphy said: “We are delighted to be a corporate partner for the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President’s Dinner, in line with our determination to work together with industry partners to help build a strong and sustainable economy for the North West.

“Our College is committed to providing sustainable solutions to skills shortages in this region and supporting innovation activities for industry across a number of sectors.”

“We have strategically positioned the College at the centre of local economic development to support companies in pursuit of business growth and help attract new investment to the city region.

“We will continue working with all key stakeholders to create more and better jobs enhance prosperity and advance social and economic development.

“We are strong supporters in bidding with other economic partners in Derry~Londonderry Strabane City region Deal and will work closely with all partners to ensure a successful outcome.”

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