The North Belfast Economic Conference - Unlocking North Belfast’s Potential


Naomi McMullen, The Conference Host asking Panel members questions at the event

The North Belfast Economic Forum in collaboration with Ulster University and Belfast City Council organised a North Belfast Economic conference on Thursday 10th September at Ulster University’s York Street campus. The conference had speakers from local schools, the University, Belfast City Council and local business and enterprise speaking on the regeneration opportunities available with the University’s campus regeneration at York Street and investment opportunities including Girdwood Community Hub, the North Foreshore, City Quays Development and Northside Regeneration.

The conference sought to explore ways to encourage investment in socio-economic deprived areas as well as exploring ways to increase skills and how local people can avail of the estimated 5,000 new job opportunities anticipated from these new regeneration initiatives in the north of the city. The event started with a tour of the new university building and a bird’s eye view from the top floor of the regeneration developments taking place in the area. The event sought views from many stakeholders on boosting the local economy of north Belfast and how community leaders and business and education stakeholders can work together and contribute to improving our local economic outlook.

A panel of esteemed speakers included Manus Maguire Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum, Patricia O’Hagan, Core Systems, Alice Quinn, North City Business Centre, Paula Stuart, Principal St. Patrick’s College, as well as Professor Alastair Adair, Ulster University, Lisa Toland, Belfast City Council and Andrew Webb from the University’s Economic Policy Centre.

The North Belfast Economic Forum will be taking forward actions from the conference to ensure local people can avail of the emerging job and education opportunities that will flow from the various large scale investments coming to north Belfast.