Ulster Bank and KPMG to Sponsor #Agenda2018 Series


British Irish Chamber of Commerce Sets Brexit Agenda For 2018 With New Breakfast Series


The British Irish Chamber of Commerce together with sponsors Ulster Bank and KPMG announced the launch of the #Agenda2018 series, a first of its kind event roadshow across the UK and Ireland, discussing the significant challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit.

In bringing together leading figures from across business, industry and politics, #Agenda2018 events will set the agenda for decision makers who are looking to minimise the most damaging impacts of Brexit and harness the opportunities that arise from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

With events taking place in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, Edinburgh, and London, the roadshow will place a spotlight on the impact of Brexit on SMEs and the ICT, infrastructure, life sciences, financial and professional services, and culture, arts, sports and tourism (CAST) sectors. The seminar series will include the Chamber’s annual spring networking dinner featuring the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit, Simon Coveney TD, as the keynote speaker.


Yve O’Driscoll, Director of Corporate Relations, British Irish Chamber Eddie Cullen, Managing Director, Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank & Brian Daly, Partner, KPMG

“#Agenda2018 – Business, Politics and Brexit” is particularly timely given the UK Government is to shortly agree its vision for the long-term EU-UK trading relationship and that phase two Brexit negotiations are due to get underway in Brussels.

Speaking at today’s announcement, John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce said: “With the next phase of Brexit negotiations on the horizon, 2018 will set the agenda and framework for UK-Ireland trade in the years to come. In light of this, the Chamber has developed an innovative event series to help businesses chart this period of uncertainty and plan for the future. Our impressive line-up of speakers will provide their insight into the Brexit process, possible trading models post-Brexit, and how best to plan for the future. With UK-Irish trade set to witness great change, the stage is set for our most compelling event series yet.”

Eddie Cullen, Managing Director, Commercial Banking Division at Ulster Bank said: “Ulster Bank is very pleased to co-sponsor the British Irish Chamber of Commerce #Agenda2018 event series. For many of our customers, maintaining trade links with the UK is vital to their growth ambition. As part of RBS, Ulster Bank is especially well placed to support customers in this area. Working with the Chamber provides an excellent platform to support businesses in every region of the UK and Ireland as they look to 2019 and beyond.”

Brian Daly, Partner at KPMG said: “KPMG is delighted to become a co-sponsor of #Agenda2018 taking place across UK and Ireland. Many businesses to date have adopted a ‘wait and see approach’ but with the Brexit negotiations entering a new phase, the time to act is now. The roll out of this new series of events will prove crucial in helping organisations to minimise the adverse impact of Brexit whilst also taking advantage of whatever opportunities that emerge.”

#Agenda2018 will launch in February with the following events:

  1. Infrastructure Breakfast - Monday, 26th February
  2. ICT Breakfast – Tuesday, 27th February
  3. Brexit Summit – Thursday, 1st March
  4. Annual Spring Dinner – Thursday, 1st March

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