Business Leadership Networks (BLNs)

Challenging and supporting business to be a force for good.

What are BLNs?

BLNs are regional hubs of Business in the Community members committed to making a positive impact on their local community. There are nine networks, each comprised of local senior business leaders.

What do they do?

BLNs drive the our core strategy across Northern Ireland. They tackle key issues of local concern that reflect the strategic priorities of Business in the Community.
Whether it is in supporting employability and job opportunities for local people, supporting education in local schools, tackling local environmental issues or making a real difference to local community projects, BLNs offer business the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their local community.

How do I get involved?

BLN membership is by invitation only. Senior business leaders are invited on the basis of the experience they can bring, their expertise and access to networks which supports effective engagement with local partners to achieve scale and impact.

What is the time commitment?

BLNs meet quarterly and members typically serve a three year term. Outside of meetings members are encouraged to help with promoting programmes or activities and building wider relationships with local partners.

Business Leadership Networks carry out truly inspiring work in their local communities.  They are a great mechanism to bring together business leaders from both the private and public sector, to identify and support collaborative projects that have a positive impact on the local community.

Peter Kelly, Head of Office, Marsh

Business Leadership Networks (BLNs) drive our core strategy across NI in the following regions:

  • South West (Omagh & Fermangh), co-chaired by Seamus McCaffrey, SP McCaffrey & Co Accountants and Jim Masterson, Marks & Spencer
  • North West, chaired by Rob Hardeman, Seagate Technology (Ireland) Ltd 2013-’16 and Brendan Dowdall, First Trust Bank from 2017
  • Mid-Ulster BLN, chaired by Mid-Ulster Council
  • Newry, chaired by John Hughes, Heritage Financial Planning


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