How can you futureproof your business? Come and investigate evolving business models and sustainability issues that will affect how we work and do business in the future.

This full-day Summit will commence with our annual CEO Breakfast with a focus on innovation. The Summit itself will be packed with themed workshops, debates, and interactive marketplace and challenging plenary sessions. Perfect for networking and forming new partnerships.

Everything about this event will focus on the future – from the themes to the food. Don’t miss out!

“Events like this are the ideal opportunity for businesses to come together and learn, not only from leading-edge thinkers and speakers, but also from each other. It was valuable and inspiring.”








7:15 – 9:00 am CEO Breakfast Forum

8:30 – 9:00 am Business Expo/Tea and coffee

9:00 – 11:00 am Summit

What is the Future for Business? Plenary session

11:00 am Networking Break and Business Expo

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Workshops (delegates can choose one)

The Changing Face of Communication
Embracing user-generated content

The Future of Work and Education
Investigating how the work of work will change and helping business understand the skills in demand, technological impact and other megatrends

The Problem with Plastics
How can we protect our planet? How does the Circular Economy play its part?

Listening in the Workplace
Exploring this undervalued and underused mental health tool

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch and Business Expo

1:30 – 2:30 pm The Big Communities Debate

Understanding and tackling the issue of social mobility – how business can generate equality of opportunity for all, regardless of where someone is born.

An interactive session with lively debate and polling for opinion

2:30 – 3:30 pm Networking Break and Business Expo

3:00 – 4:00 pm Workshops (delegates can choose one)

Technology: Friend of Foe in futureproofing your business
The pros and cons of technology in business

Developing your Flagship Education/Skills Programme
Why do some employers develop their own programme; how they’ve done it; and what have been the successes and pitfalls along the way

Two-degrees economy
How science-based targets can futureproof your business

Diversity and Inclusion
Tools for futureproofing your business

4:00 – 4:15 pm Closing Comments



Kirsty Britz
Director of Sustainable Banking RBS
Richard Donnan
Head of Ulster Bank
John Healy
Vice President & Managing Director
Allstate Northern Ireland

Moya Johnston
Vice President, OEM – Survitec Group, Chair, Business in the Community NI
Ria Kearney
Head of Sustainable Design
& Partnerships, MADE-BY

Johnathan Tetsill
Managing Director, Feedback Films

Owen Brennan
Chief Executive, Devenish Group
David Armstrong
Partner, PwC

Further speakers to be confirmed



The Changing Face of Communication

The nature of how organisations communicate with their people – internal and external – is changing. Businesses are responding to the growing demand and the desire for digital and social media, and many – both inside and outside of the workplace are investing in user-generated content. This practical session will explore how business can still be responsible in an era of ever-changing communication; ensuring that a unified culture prevails as people are enabled to do their best work and contribute to the success of the organisation.

The Future of Work and Education

This workshop will attempt to step into the future, to look at how the world of work is expected to change. Exploring skills in demand, technological impacts and other megatrends – how will all of this will revamp the future needs of the workplace? What are the implications for the NI Education system in terms of change? And what role can employers play in; helping to better connect and shape its future talent; and, understanding and developing the type of working environment that future employees will thrive in?  

The Problem with Plastics

How can we protect our planet? How does the Circular Economy play its part? In December last year, David Attenborough’s Blue Planet brought the issue of marine plastic pollution crashing into public consciousness, arguably causing a knee-jerk reaction in Westminster and the last-minute inclusion of plastics in the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. However, the problem is nothing new and there are many examples of how forward-thinking companies have made use of circular approaches to reduce or eliminate avoidable plastic waste. The session will highlight such examples and look towards future opportunities for wider engagement in the move towards more sustainable use of plastics.

Listen! Mental Health really matters at work

On World Mental Health Day, join us to explore how you can futureproof your workplace by recognising the signs that people are struggling with stress or mental ill health at work. With Where, How and When we work changing rapidly due to social and technological advances, people can struggle to keep up. The pressures of our 24/7 online culture also take their toll and employers have a responsibility to look out for and invest in their employees when it comes to good mental health. This workshop will explore how you can identify potential problems at an early stage and give you tools to avoid a workforce mental health crisis. 

Technology: friend or foe in futureproofing your business?

GDPR, Cyber security and online reputation – just some of issues brought about in an increasingly digital and technology-driven world. This session will explore how businesses are dealing with these challenges, and what more your business can do to futureproof itself.

Developing your flagship education/skills programme

Increasingly companies are keen to develop their own bespoke education or employability programmes, to help inspire and upskill next generation employees or create alternative/new talent pipelines from the existing working age population. Employers share their insights into their signature programmes, why they have done what they have, how they developed their initiative and the ups and downs along the way.

Two degrees economy – how science-based targets can futureproof your business

In 2015, COP21 set the climate change agenda through its long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels – with the role of business being critical in achieving this. Setting science-based targets, offers the opportunity to make the transition towards a low-carbon economy a reality whilst simultaneously driving innovation, cost savings, and reduced regulatory and investment risk. This session will explore the approach of science-based targeting as an opportunity for businesses in Northern Ireland.

Engage, Include, Succeed

Companies with inclusive workplace cultures that embrace diversity and encourage all employees to contribute and help shape that culture do better. Simple fact. They succeed because their employees are more actively engaged. That translates into improved productivity and a place where people feel valued and want to work. As society becomes more diverse, that diversity brings a richness of ideas and perspectives that good employers can harness. Find out how by supporting difference and focusing on engagement and inclusion in the workplace, you can transform your organisation and become a great place to work. 

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