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Grow: Economic Summit

Grow is our Annual Economic Development Business Conference


Grow: Economic Summit

Our 2020 Economic Development conference Grow: Economic Summit focused on successful business journeys and innovative business models. The conference took place on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel.

Wendy Austin on stage at Grow

Wendy Austin was compère for the conference and introduced our topics and speakers, who discussed their successful business journeys and innovative business models that have become recognised brands. 

They also highlighted the importance of integrating issues such as sustainability and innovation into core business strategy to achieve reduced costs, lower risk, and new development opportunities.

Breakout session, people sitting around a table

Delegates heard from our three keynote speakers throughout the day. The day also featured interactive breakout sessions where delegates could choose three topics and join conversations with industry experts. These sessions gave participants the opportunity to share and discuss a range of business issues pertinent to the local SME economy. The feedback from the conversations was discussed with the rest of the delegates in the Q&A session at the end of the day.



Wendy Austin with Tom Verner and Bill Keery

Keynote Speakers

We were delighted to welcome three keynote speakers to our annual Economic Development Conference



Group of people around a table

Interactive Business Conversations

The Grow: Economic Summit 2020 offered delegates the opportunity to choose three topics from a list of eight and to join the discussion with an expert for a 40-minute slot for each chosen topic.