Standard Utilities Sponsor Prize Draw at IoD NI Annual Dinner 2017

This year Standard Utilities were honoured to sponsor the charity prize draw at this year’s IoD NI Annual Dinner 2017. A highlight of the corporate social calendar, that saw over 200 delegates attend. The prize draw offer the opportunity for the audience to win a Formula 1 Karting experience, David Meade tickets, Ulster Rugby tickets and a brand new Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone, donated by us here at SU.

IoD NI Annual Dinner 2017

IoD’s newly appointed Belfast-born Director General Stephen Martin addressed the audience at the IoD Northern Ireland Annual Dinner. Touching on the topical subject of Brexit, the newly appointed Director General of IoD said that getting the question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic right will be the “litmus test of a successful Brexit”. 

Mr Martin, who took up the post of Director General last week, said he had joined the organisation at an “interesting time”.

“In just the last few weeks, we have seen the UK Government compelled by the Supreme Court to seek the approval of the Westminster Parliament before beginning Brexit proceedings, while in Northern Ireland, the resignation of the Deputy First Minister has triggered new Assembly elections, now just weeks away.

“You do not need me to tell you that political uncertainty has been dialled up a notch for businesses here in Northern Ireland.”

He said he chose to deliver his first speech as Director General in Northern Ireland because local firms were “in many ways, on the front line in negotiations over the UK’s exit from the EU”.

A recent IoD survey, conducted with its sister organisation in Dublin, found 10 per cent of IoD members in Northern Ireland and a quarter of IoD Ireland members had employees that commute across the border.

More information on this year’s IoD NI Annual Dinner 2017 is available on their website.

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