Some of Northern Ireland’s top firms looking to grow supply chain at NI Chamber’s largest ‘Meet the Buyer’ event to date

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Some of the biggest names in business will join Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Bank of Ireland UK at their largest meet the buyer event to date.

Businesses will have a chance to meet with over 20 Buyers in Belfast this November. Amongst the buyers are marine fit out specialists, MJM Group, bespoke joinery company Mivan and specialist architectural glass company, Topglass – all owned by Rathfriland based entrepreneur Brian McConville, with his daughter Naoimh and son Conleth.

Other Buyers include Andras House; Bank of Ireland Group; CAF Rail; Coca Cola HBC; Mount Charles; Neueda; NI Water; NIE Networks; Ryobi and Seagate – with further names to be added.

The event, which forms part of the NI Chamber and Bank of Ireland UK cross-border ‘Connecting for Growth’ programme, will allow businesses to make a pitch to these buyers whilst networking and developing links with each other through a number of activities including speed networking.

Naoimh McConville, Director at MJM Group, said, “We are delighted to support NI Chamber’s Connecting for Growth Meet the Buyer event. It is essential for us to have a steady, reliable supply chain to support us in carrying out our work, not only in the UK and Ireland but across the world. We are hoping to meet potential new suppliers and reaffirm existing relationship during this event. We are looking for supply chain to support our marine work in MJM Group and Mivan, our high end land based work in Mivan and Topglass and right across our property portfolio in MJM Prime. If anyone is interested in becoming part of our supply chain we would encourage them to come along to the event.”

Sandra Scannell, Head of Business Services at NI Chamber, said: “We are delighted to have secured the support of key buyers from across Northern Ireland to meet with suppliers at what is our largest Meet the Buyer event to date in its 5 year history.  The event is open to any business that has a product or service our buyers are interested in purchasing.  There is no restriction on size, sector or support already received through the public sector. The programme is about creating sales opportunities, building networks and facilitating growth.”

Paul McClurg, Head of Business Banking Belfast at Bank of Ireland UK, concluded; “Working closely with businesses to help drive growth is what we are about and we are excited to continue enabling businesses to seize opportunities through the Connecting for Growth Programme. We have big ambitions to beat 2017’s success by aiming to attract over 150 participants for over 100 one to one meetings, to win new business and build new commercial relationships.”

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John Cunningham (CEO of Mivan); Naoimh McConville (Group Director of MJM Group); Conleth McConville (Group Director of MJM Group); Paul McClurg (Head of Belfast Business Banking at Bank of Ireland UK); Sandra Scannell (Head of Business Services at NI Chamber) and John McLaughlin (General Manager of Topglass).

The Connecting for Growth Meet the Buyer will take place on 7 November 2018 from 9.30am-1.00pm at Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

For further information, or to apply, please visit or contact Sandra Scannell at

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