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Special Announcement!

Department for the Economy Minister, Conor Murphy to open FDQ's Northern Ireland Conference.

You heard it here first! FDQ are honoured and pleased to announce that the Department for the Economy Minister, Conor Murphy will kick off FDQ's free to attend Northern Ireland Conference, on the 22nd May 2024, with an opening address to all of those in attendance on the day.


As priority, the Minister will have a keen interest in discussing his 4 objectives published by the Department of the Economy, find out more here.


The Economy Minister also announced that he has appointed four independent experts, noted within the publication, to advise his Department on his four objectives. They are:


·   On Good Jobs, Dr Lisa Wilson from the Nevin Economic Research Institute.

·   On Regional Balance, Dr Conor Patterson from the Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency.

·   On Productivity, Dr David Jordan from the Productivity Institute.

·   On Net Zero, Professor David Rooney from the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy.


For your chance to see the Ministers virtual attendance, as well as other headline speakers TBC, at this year’s conference, reserve your free spot by clicking the button below.

On the day, including the DfE Minister, FDQ will also feature topics such as the growth and scope of the Professional Chef and baking qualifications in Northern Ireland, sector updates and well established, headline speakers to be confirmed.

FDQ special edition magazine to take home with you on the day. Your copy will include Northern Ireland food industry news, more about the conference, FDQ's activity in Ireland and more!

Experience a day of headline guest speakers and networking and at the end of it all you can take home your very own FDQ gifts bags.

As you may already be aware, last month FDQ released their provisional agenda for the day (button below), the official schedule is due to be released before the end of this month (April). As a reminder, this is our second year running we have now hosted our very own conference in Northern Ireland and so we'd like to say a big thank you to College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise for hosting us for not only last year but for this year’s event too. The location of the event will be the same campus (Loughry Campus) as last year at the postcode for the event is BT80 9AA (full address found near the beginning of this email).


Doors open from 09:15am for refreshments and networking.


For full information about the day of the conference, please click the button below to view our provisional agenda which helps lay out certain topics that we will be covering on the day.

To keep up to date with FDQ news and to keep informed of the latest food and drink industry news in Northern Ireland & Ireland, click the button below to sign up!


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