South East Branch
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 Vice Chairman
Branch Vice Chairman
Recent Branch Events....
Lisburn Networking event
Allan Ewart, The Right Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, Graeme
Weir, FSB, Belinda O'Neill, Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Dougan Lisburn
Over 50 Lisburn business people came together during "International
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
John Rooney with
Paddy Savage of InterTradeIreland and Branch members at the Millbrook Lodge
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
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
Diamond of Diamond Meats with John Rooney South East Branch Chairman for
"Keep Trade Local"
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
John Rooney of Rooney Fish, Chairperson of South East Branch, Billie Dixon and
Paul McAlister of Paul McAlister Architects, South East Branch officer.
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
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.'