Boot Camp - Business Connections Event (7th May 2014, Holiday Inn, Belfast)

The Business Connections Event is an opportunity for businesses from all sectors to come together in Belfast to explore opportunities for cross border trade, make contacts, do business, increase turnover, increase skills base, network, improve cross border business relationships, celebrate entrepreneurship and be part of this new and emerging business community.

There will be an array of Guest Speakers on the day who will be there to share their experiences and provide some tips for success. Break-out sessions have been designed around key business themes: Alternative Funding, Maximising Marketing Spend, Exporting and Doing Business Online. Visit to book your place.

Business Connections Event

Speakers on the day include:

Shauna McCarney-Blair As a mum of two children, Shauna struggled to find high quality fresh baby food, which was both convenient and looked and tasted like the food she made herself at home. With her two children also suffering from serious food allergies, this made finding suitable convenience foods even more difficult. Passionate about healthy organic food, Shauna set about starting her own company to provide other parents with a little helping hand in feeding their little ones. And so Heavenly Tasty Organics was born! Heavenly Tasty Organics provide a range of healthy, nutritious, organic fruit and vegetable purees and delicious and nutritious meals which save time in preparing food, and eases the pressure of wanting to provide a home-cooked meal for your little one. With a range of 11 delicious recipes to choose from, like Butternut Squash Puree, Minced Beef and Potato, and Tomato and Pasta, babies can have a hearty, delicious, warming meal in minutes. It’s like having your own personal chef who has been busy cooking for your little one. With a happy baby and the smell of delicious aromas filling your kitchen, Heavenly Tasty Organics are there to help make busy days just that little bit easier.

Oscar Woolley Belfast’s Boutique Blender, Suki Tea, first set up in 2005 by business partners Annie and Oscar, has become a strong contender in the UK’s Loose Leaf tea market. Launched with the aim to provide their customers with the finest loose leaf tea, herbal infusions and fruit blends from around the world; the pair made ethical sourcing their priority whilst delivering a quality and fresh product. Winners of over 21 Great Taste Awards and multiple industry awards Suki Tea truly is ‘Tea as it should be’.

Sean & Leona McAllister (DiscoverEverAfter/Plotbox)  Who are currently Invest NI 's Propel Company of the Year!

Claire McCollum will be our host on the day.

Presentations from guest speakers who will provide information on their entrepreneurial journey, we have:

Oscar Woolley (Suki Tea), Shauna McCarney-Blair (Heavenly Tasty Organics) & Leona & Sean McAllister (DiscoverEverafter / Plotbox) *Invest NI’s Propel Company of the Year 2014*

Exhibitors including organisations with a business support remit and business boot camp participants themselves, such as:

  • Enterprise Northern Ireland
  • ENI Start Up Loans
  • NI Small Business Loan Fund
  • InterTradeIreland
  • Invest Northern Ireland
  • NIbusinessinfo
  • Halo, Northern Ireland Business Angel Network
  • Sync NI
  • Princes Trust
Break-out sessions will be focusing on hot topics e.g.
  • Alternative Finance - Vincent Breslin (, Paul Clancy (Halo) & Donal Leahy (NISBLF)
  • Creative Marketing – BlueTiger Creative Agency
  • About Exporting – Paddy Savage (InterTradeIreland), Oscar Wooley (Suki Tea)
  • Selling On-Line – East Belfast Enterprise & Chris McLean (Table 59)
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