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South East Branch

South East Branch


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South East Branch is the largest FSB branch in Northern Ireland with approximately 2300 members.  The branch area covers the council areas of Lisburn, Down, Banbridge, Craigavon, Armagh and Newry and Mourne therefore events are circulated throughout the branch area in order to accommodate as many members as possible.  If you have friends or business colleagues who have not yet joined the FSB, why not tell them about the benefits of membership and help them protect their business in these challenging economic times.

South East Branch Committee 2014

Branch Chairman


John Rooney


Branch Vice Chairman


Aubrene Willis


Branch Vice Chairman


Ash Farag


Branch Secretary


Paul McAlister


Branch Treasurer 


John Rooney


Branch Committee


Kenny Moffett

Margaret McCune

Aubrene Willis

Brian McElroy

John Adams

Samantha Leonard


Recent Branch Events....

Lisburn Networking event

Networking event

Alderman Allan Ewart, The Right Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, Graeme Weir, FSB, Belinda O'Neill, Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Dougan Lisburn BNI.

Over 50 Lisburn business people came together during "International Networking Week".

The ‘Networking for Profit' event, was organised by four local business organisations, BNI Lisburn, Lisburn Chamber of Commerce, Lisburn Entrepreneur's Network and the Federation of Small Businesses. Each spoke on how they plan to support local businesses in Lisburn going forward, with this event acting as the platform to highlight the power of networking and empower local businesses to expand their network and grow their business.

InterTradeIreland Presentation

South East Branch AGM

John Rooney with Paddy Savage of InterTradeIreland and Branch members at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel,

InterTradeIreland gave a presentation to the South East Branch Members on cross border business opportunities.

InterTradeIreland are one of the cross border bodies set up under the Good Friday Agreement. They support SME's across the island to identify and develop North/South Trade and Innovation opportunities through:

· Business programmes

· Research and statistics

· Networks and partnerships

InterTradeIreland fund business services in sales and marketing, sales development, tendering and procurement, innovation support, access to EU funding and investor readiness for those seeking to trade into the other jurisdiction.

South East Branch launch Keep Trade Local campaign

Keep Trade Local South East Branch

Michael Diamond of Diamond Meats with John Rooney South East Branch Chairman for "Keep Trade Local"

Our local shops provide a lot more than the goods that they sell, they are part of the fabric of the community. According to the Federation of Small Businesses they also have a role to play in stimulating the local economy. We are becoming increasingly aware of the real ‘value' of shopping where the assistant knows your name or face. Local shops not only provide convenience, high quality and locally sourced fresh produce but in an age where fuel charges are consistently rising.

Michael Diamond of Diamond Meats in Bessbrook said at the launch "The recent good weather has provided us with a welcome boost to our business because customers wanted to come in and buy their sausages and burgers for their BBQ's and get back to the sunshine as opposed to traipsing around supermarkets. "What we would like is for customers to keep coming in all year round to see that we really have a lot to offer."

South East Branch Chairman of the FSB, John Rooney of Rooney Fish says: "It is vital that people recognise that by supporting their local shops and retail outlets, such as Diamond Meats in Bessbrook, they are helping to grow our local economy. "Research carried out by the FSB shows that for every £1 spent locally, around 63p of that is channelled back into the local economy; this compares with just 40p if the same pound is spent with larger organisations. "I would urge people to support the FSB's Keep Trade Local campaign and use them don't lose them!"

Billy Dixon on Confidence in Business

Billy Dixon SE BRanch

John Rooney of Rooney Fish, Chairperson of South East Branch, Billie Dixon and

Paul McAlister of Paul McAlister Architects, South East Branch officer.

On 04 June over thirty local business owners met at the F. E. McWilliam Gallery to hear Billie Dixon speak on ‘Confidence in Business' and to network with like minded business owners and managers

Billie Dixon is described in the media as one of Europe's leading authorities and commentators on personal projection, communication and team dynamics. He has advised national and international leaders and lists many well known blue chip companies as his clients.

Chairman of FSB South East, John Rooney of Rooney Fish said:

‘In the FSB South East Branch Committee, we are all local business owners. We run events that are mostly free of charge to try and help other businesses - both members and non members – to succeed in these challenging times. The fact that there has been such a good attendance for our latest event indicates that small firms want to ‘confidently' take advantage of business opportunities. Business people also want to network to seek new business, generate referrals and simply share experiences. With our large membership we are uniquely placed to facilitate this and we look forward to welcoming more businesses to our next event in the Autumn.'





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