Wendy Austin, who presents BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Inside Business’ programme, will chair the debates, which will take place in Belfast, Newry and Cookstown. Wendy will work alongside lead panelist Michael McAllister, who heads up ASM’s Magherafelt-based, audit, accounting and advisory, consultancy, and corporate finance operations. The panels at each event will be made up of well-known business people from the world of hospitality, professional services, manufacturing, building and the public sector. These include owner and founder of one of the largest independent owner/operators of bars, pubs, restaurants and night clubs in Ireland, Bill Wolsey, from the Beannchor Group, Chief Executive of home-grown Cookstown company, Keystone, who are the UK’s largest steel lintel manufacturer and Europe’s fastest growing roof window manufacturer and Jeff Peel, who is the Northern Ireland Chairman of Business for Britain who are a group of business people who are in favour of exiting EU – amongst others.
Speaking at the launch of the debate series, Michael McAllister, director, ASM Chartered Accountants said: “Following on from last year’s hugely successful Cross Border Bureau seminar series, we wanted to host a further series of events that are educational as well as giving people the chance to discuss real issues affecting their business.
“Brexit is a hot topic for most businesses, and everyone who attends the seminars can expect to come away with some useful insights to help form their vote decision.
“We will also be holding a straw poll of our own before and after each debate to get a flavor of where the audience lies.”
Michael concluded: “With six offices in both jurisdictions we are holding three seminars – Belfast, Newry and Cookstown – and encourage any business person with an interest in hearing or getting involved in the debate to sign up as soon as possible, as places are limited.”
The seminars are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
- Wednesday 18th May, 8.15-9.30am — The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper St, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 2DZ – panelists include Michael McAllister, director, ASM Chartered Accountants alongside Bill Wolsey, owner of the Beannchor Group, Gordon McElroy, director of MKB Law who will be representing Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Angela McGowan, Danske Bank and Kevin McNamee, Group Finance Director, Denroy Plastics.
- Thursday 19th May, 8.15-9.30am — Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry, BT35 8HF – panelists include Michael McAllister, director, ASM Chartered Accountants alongside Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Peel, who is the Northern Ireland Chairman of Business for Britain who are a group of business people who are in favour of exiting EU and Peter Conway Chief Executive of the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.
- Thursday 2nd June, 8.15-9.30am –– The Glenavon House Hotel, 52 Drum Rd, Cookstown, BT80 8JQ. Panelists include Michael McAllister, director, ASM Chartered Accountants alongside Sean Coyle, CEO of Keystone and Managing Director at SDC Trailers, Mark Cuskeran.
Admission to the seminars is free and open to anyone with an interest in taking part or listening to the debate.
To book a place, visit www.asmaccountants.com or call 028 9024 9222.
Photo caption: Michael McAllister, director of ASM Chartered Accountants, Magherafelt is pictured with Brian Clerkin, Managing Director of ASM Chartered Accountants, Belfast alongside Ronan McGuirk, director of ASM Chartered Accountants, Newry.
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