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JANUARY 23 2020
NI Chamber launches 2020
‘Regional Networking Series’
Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (NI
Chamber) has launched its
2020 Regional Networking
Series, in partnership with NIE
The series of ve large scale
networking events will see the
membership organisation travel to
north Down, Lisnaskea, Coleraine,
Armagh and Ballygally, starting
with The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn,
next month.
Now in its fourth year, the
series is an opportunity for
delegates to build connections
during a structured networking
session followed by a business
development discussion and Q&A
with a prominent member of the
local business community.
In 2020, over 500 business
people are expected to take the
opportunity to enhance their
network and explore new business
prospects through the series.
Valerie McConville, Head
of Business Development, NI
Chamber, commented: “NI
Chamber is a Province wide
organisation committed to
supporting the growth aspirations
of businesses all over Northern
“The Regional Networking Series
affords us the opportunity to
engage directly with members of
every size and from every sector
in Northern Ireland, helping them
to make new connections and
learn from each other.
“Networking is a key
component of NI Chamber and
our members have told us that
they have created new business
opportunities and won contracts
through connections made at
events like these. We are delighted
to partner with NIE Networks for
the fourth consecutive year to
host the series.”
Edel Creery, Head of
Communications and Stakeholder
Engagement, NIE Networks, added:
“The Regional Networking Series
has grown to be one of our most
valued partnerships, not only with
the NI Chamber but the Northern
Ireland business community as a
“The series has allowed us to
forge instrumental connections
with business leaders, medium
enterprise and start-ups and
through the series we witness
those connections being formed
between others each year. We
are very much looking forward
to another successful term as
headline sponsor.”
n The rst event will be held on
February 6 at 9.30am-11.30am at
The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn.
n For further information
and to register visit www.
ABOVE: Valerie McConville, Head of Business Development, NI Chamber,
Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, NIE Networks, and Edel Creery, Head of
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, NIE Networks.
Top supplier award Galgorm toasts opening of new whiskey lounge bar
for Mash Direct
executive at
Mash Direct,
the Chilled
Supplier of
the Year
2019 award
from David
director at
ASH Direct,
the multi
supplier of vegetable
accompaniments and
convenience dishes, has
been named Chilled
Supplier of the Year 2019
by Cotswold Fayre, one
of the UK’s leading food
Cotswold Fayre is a
wholesale company
based in Berkshire that
distributes the range
throughout England,
from farm shops and food
halls to delicatessens and
convenience stores.
Based on a family farm at
Comber in County Down,
Mash Direct is a multi
award-winning producer
of convenience foods
for customers in the
UK, Ireland and further
The award was presented
to Paul Southgate, sales
executive at Mash Direct,
by David Truscott,
commercial director at
Cotswold Fayre.
Mash Direct, commenting
on the award, said: “It
has been an exciting
year working with
Cotswold Fayre in 2019,
and we look forward to
continuing this in 2020.
ALGORM Spa and Golf
Resort has ofcially
opened its doors to the
resort’s newly refurbished
and refreshed entertainment
offering, McKendry’s Lounge/
Formerly known as Gillies
Bar & Grill, McKendry’s is
now a whiskey lover’s haven,
boasting an encyclopaedic
whiskey collection of over
300 blends from 21 countries,
including a coveted limitededition bottle of the most
expensive Irish whiskey ever
produced, “The Chosen”.
The new whiskey lounge/bar
reects the warm ambience
and atmosphere of an eclectic
Irish pub and draws on
its local heritage, harking
back to the much-loved
McKendry’s bar of a bygone
era, which served the local
community from its premises
in Broughshane Street,
Ballymena, before closing its
Welcoming Galgorm Spa
& Golf Resort’s newest
hospitality investment, Colin
Johnston, Galgorm Collection
Managing Director, said: “We
are delighted to welcome
guests to our brand new
lounge bar, McKendry’s and
showcase our extensive
whiskey collection which we
are proud to say is one of the
most comprehensive in the
island of Ireland.
“The launch of McKendry’s
represents the latest
investment by Galgorm into
its resort offering and reects
our ambition to continually
innovate and push boundaries
to afrm our position as a
world-leading spa and golf
“We look forward to
welcoming guests, locals and
visitors alike to experience
the warm hospitality of
Offering guests the warm
welcome synonymous with
Galgorm, the new name
perfectly connects the resort
with its strong local heritage.
Much of the décor consists
of historical items from the
original McKendry’s bar
and provides guests with an
authentic Irish bar experience.
As well as boasting some
rare whiskies and stocking
the nest mixers, Galgorm
has devised a new signature
whiskey cocktail list to
complement its existing range
of premium cocktails, wines,
beers and spirits.
For a truly authentic taste,
guests can also sample the
resort’s rst premium ownlabel ‘Galgorm Estate Gin’,
developed in partnership with
Northern Ireland’s newest
artisan gin producer, Copeland
Distillery, and drink in the
fantastic new line up of live
CHEERS: Drinks are flowing at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort’s
new shiskey lounge bar
PICTURE: Phil Smyth
McKendry’s Lounge/
Bar is open noon-1am
Sunday to Friday and noon
until late on Saturdays,
with live entertainment
every evening, including
traditional Irish music every
Tuesday and Thursday night.
n For more information on
McKendry’s Lounge I Bar
please visit www.galgorm.
Hinch gin receives global award six months after launch
of this award-winning recipe, and
of course the industry experts
who have joined us on this
“In particular, we would like to
thank Amanda Ludlow who is a
world gin awards judge and the
founder of The Gin Lounge, and of
course at a local level, the insights
from Northern Ireland’s industry
stalwart Michael Stewart have
been invaluable.”
Hinch Distillery, which produces
the, now, Gold Award Ninth
Wave Gin, is the brainchild of
well-known Northern Ireland
entrepreneur Dr Terry Cross,
Dr Cross has invested £15m in
the project which will conclude
with the opening of the twooor distillery and additional
public features, including a
visitor centre, coffee shop, public
restaurant, pub, outside courtyard
space, multi-purpose events
spaces catering for weddings to
corporate events and a retail shop.
The World Gin Award is one
of many accolades the company
has received and comes just six
months after its products were
launched to the public through a
variety of independent off trade
and on trade establishments in
Northern Ireland and abroad.
The company has entered
another category at the World Gin
Awards which will be announced
next month.
It is hopeful about its bid for the
Best New Launch Award in the
design category at the event.
Mr Flaherty added: “Ninth Wave
isn’t just a great-tasting gin but it
tells a story about its origins and it
plays on Celtic mythology, which
is reected in the design of the
bottle, which we believe is a real
stand out feature with our product
so we are crossing everything
that our luck doubles next


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