Destination Belfast for our first Forum of 2024

April 19, 2024
Thank you Belfast for such a warm welcome

Well over 100 delegates from EDA businesses joined us at the iconic Titanic Hotel in Belfast for our first Regional Business Forum of 2024.

“Excellent Forum. Very informative and relevant”, said one delegate, “Great topics and good info” said another.

Below you’ll find links to the presentation slides but if you have any questions please contact the EDA team on 020 3141 7350.

Venue packed with representatives from EDA businesses
Richard Appleton, Head of Digitalisation, explains the benefits of the EDATA data pool

Download the presentations from Belfast below

EDA CEO, Margaret Fitzsimons, welcomes delegates to the Forum

Introducing the EDA and its work
Margaret Fitzsimons
CEO at the EDA

Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA

An overview of the NI economy, including the role of the Windsor Framework
Stuart Anderson
Head of Public Affairs
NI Chamber of Commerce & Industry

 Customs guidance for businesses in Northern Ireland
Matthew Boutros
Customs Manager
Derry Bros Customs Clearance

Green technology and opportunities for wholesalers: the contractors’ view
Gary Parker
Head of Technical Standards
Electrical Contractors’ Association

Gary Parker Head of Technical Standard at the ECA

EDATA: a call to arms
Ian Hunter
Head of Sales and Marketing
Electrium Sales (A Siemens Company)


Intact Software: EDATA Integration (live demo)
Robbie McEnteggart
Technical Strategist
Intact Software


How to attract and retain staff
Tracy Hewett
Head of Education and Training


Apprenticeships: Overview and Ideas Sharing
Tom Jones
Channel Partner Director
Kempston Controls

Tom Jones of Kempston Controls

The keys to leading motivation in challenging times
Jo Creed
Director, Facilitator and Trainer
J & S Development Services Ltd

An Apprenticeship Programme, the Kempston Controls Way