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BBC newsreader and presenter Clive Myrie has been confirmed as the key speaker at the Institute of Director’s annual dinner, which returns to the Culloden Estate and Spa on Thursday September 26.

Around 400 delegates are expected at the event, supported by headline sponsor Bank of Ireland, which will be hosted by former news anchor Donna Traynor.

John Hansen, IoD NI chair, said: “Clive Myrie is one of the most recognisable and trusted journalists and we’re delighted he will speak at this event. We are also thrilled to have local comedian and Q Radio presenter Andrew Ryan to provide the after-dinner entertainment.

“The event offers business leaders a great opportunity to discuss contemporary business issues and connect with colleagues from across the IoD network and wider business community here and with Clive Myrie at the helm, I am sure we are in for an insightful and memorable evening.”

Clive first cut his teeth as a foreign correspondent for the network before taking a seat as a newsreader in 2009. He has gone on to front some of the BBC’s biggest breaking news stories including the election of President Obama, the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

He has also spoken out against racism in the industry and authored a memoir which deals with his family’s experience of being from the Windrush generation. No stranger to Belfast, Mr Myrie also presents Mastermind on the BBC.

The event, open to both members and non-members, is also being supported by Arthur Cox and Hire IQ. For more information or to book a table, visit www.iod.com

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Launching the 2024 Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair taking place at Ulster University Belfast on June 4 are (from left) Colin Davidson, business manager at nijobfinder; Brian Byers, student and graduate opportunities manager at Ulster University; Sandra Scannell, employer engagement manager at Queen’s University Belfast and Peter Legge, tax partner at Grant Thornton NI


University graduates from across Northern Ireland are gearing up for an exciting opportunity to be matched with their perfect job as the annual Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair returns for 2024.

Organised in partnership by Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast, this premier event will take place at Ulster University’s new state-of-the-art campus in Belfast, for the first time, on June 4.

Sponsored by Grant Thornton NI and with nijobfinder.co.uk as the media partner, it promises to be an unmissable platform for talented final year students and recent graduates from various educational institutions.

From 11am to 3pm, at the UU campus on York Street, attendees will have the chance to explore a wide range of career opportunities by establishing valuable connections and gaining insights from industry professionals as they take strides towards seeking job possibilities that align with their passions and career goals.

With over 65 top employers from across Northern Ireland in attendance, this event offers a unique opportunity for graduates to interact directly with industry professionals representing diverse sectors. Among the sectors represented are accounting and finance, agri-food, business and banagement, construction, architecture, engineering, law, environmental, marketing and public relations, technology, pharmaceutical, and science, many with graduate level opportunities immediately available.

You can find out more about the Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair by visiting the website nigradfair.org

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Launching the AIB €1m Fund are (from left) Denise Curran, AIB Community €1 Million Fund ambassador; Michelle Emerson, head of UK Legal and chair of the UK Charity Forum at AIB; and Lisa Toan, childcare services coordinator at the Sólas Autism and Additional Needs charity


AIB’s annual €1 million fund to support charitable organisations in communities across Northern Ireland is open for nominations.

Now in its third year, the fund has supported 150 charities across Northern Ireland, Britain and the Republic.

Charities in Northern Ireland which benefitted from the fund last year include Cruse Bereavement Support, Friends of St. Gerard’s, which caters for pupils with additional needs aged 3-19, and Sólás, an autism and additional needs charity based in Belfast.

The bank is calling on customers, colleagues and the wider public in Northern Ireland to nominate registered charities that connect with causes that matter most to them.

The 2024 fund will be distributed following an online nomination process, one for customers and the public and one for our AIB colleagues. The UK fund will be split across Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Entries are now open and will close Wednesday 12th June 2024, visit https://aibni.co.uk/community


The Northern Ireland Food to Go Association, founded by Michael Henderson, has launched a new series of awards to celebrate and help grow the businesses which make up the vibrant take-away and food to go sector in the north

The inaugural NI Food to Go Awards, launched at Belfast’s Malmaison Hotel, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tuesday November 19, hosted by Q Radio presenter Ibe Sesay.

The NI Food to Go Association, which has recently rebranded from its former NI Takeaway Association moniker to be more representative of the ever-evolving industry, provides an expert voice, advice and advocacy under its “unite, support, grow” ethos, while upholding industry standards for businesses working in the sector across Northern Ireland.

Full details of the awards, which will be supported by one of Ireland’s leading suppliers to the hospitality industry, Henderson Foodservice, can be found at www.foodtogoawards.co.uk.

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