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Business First 40 under 40 Networking Lunch 2016: GALLERY

Northern Ireland’s most accomplished ’40 under 40′ gathered at the Academy Restaurant in Belfast to enjoy an outstanding opportunity to meet and do business together.

Sponsored by Willis Insurance and Risk Management and in association with Ulster University Business School, the 40 under 40 event is in its second year and is proving to be a very popular addition to the business diary.

Richard Willis, Managing Director of sponsor Willis Insurance & Risk Management, said: “As a company with  a progressive outlook on business, we are pleased to be a part of the Business First Rising Stars – 40 Under 40. We encourage our young team to be dynamic, outward looking and innovative in our business and we feel that the Business First Rising Stars – 40 Under 40 concept celebrates young business leaders from across Northern Ireland who are taking the same approach to their businesses.”

Speaking at the event Professor Marie McHugh, Dean of the Ulster University Business School said: “The Ulster University Business School is delighted to be associated with Business First’s Rising Stars – 40 Under 40. This is especially poignant for us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Business School in 2015.

“It is particularly delightful that many  of the Rising Stars are Alumni of the Business School. I extend my warmest congratulations to them, and to all of this year’s 40 Under 40, on their achievements to date, and wish them every success for the future.”

Business First publisher, Gavin Walker, added that “this event is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. It’s not a competition but rather a celebration of everything that is positive about our business community. Many of the Business First’s Rising Stars – 40 Under 40 have only experienced business undertaken in adverse economic times.

“They represent a resilience that we will all have to embrace if we are to rebalance our economy for the future and encourage our young people to look to business as a career and retain their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm in Northern Ireland rather than take flight across the Irish Sea.

“That’s why Business First is leading in this celebration and it is a pleasure to have the Ulster University Business School and Willis Insurance & Risk Management as our partners in this event.”