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01 Dec 09:30


Japan is once again welcoming business visitors! The world’s 3rd largest economy has been one of the last countries to retain COVID border restrictions, but Japan is now allowing business visitors to enter the market ahead of further relaxation of restrictions later this year. With that in mind we’ll be taking another look at doing business in Japan, covering the current economic climate, opportunities throughout a wide range of sectors and a feature on the nuances of doing business in a very different culture. Mark Graham In his role as Regional Director, North East Asia – Invest Northern Ireland, Mark is responsible for delivering Invest NI’s NEA strategy, supporting Northern Ireland companies and education organisations to access new markets and business opportunities to grow their exports; and to attract new foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland. Marie-Claire Joyce Marie-Claire is Head of Trade at the British Embassy in Tokyo, her 4th posting in Japan, and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience of UK-Japan trade and economic policy. Her team was instrumental is negotiating and implementing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between UK & Japan last year. Steve Crane OBE Steve, CEO of Business Link Japan, established his first company in Japan 20 years ago, and this experience helped identify the opportunity to support other international companies to enter this complex market. Business Link Japan was then incorporated as a vehicle to do just that. He is recognised for his tireless voluntary work to support various fields including education and political relations between the UK and Japan. Takashi Akutsu MBE Takashi is Vice Consul at the British Embassy Tokyo. He has been with the Embassy for over 28 years. He has many experiences on negotiating/working with Japanese public sectors, from prisons and police stations to Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Health, Labour and Welfare.

06 Dec 09:30


European Directives. Many products are covered by these directives and, to be placed on the European and GB market, must bear the CE, UKCA, or UKNI mark - it's a legal requirement. With Brexit done it is vitally important for companies to make sure that their product technical files and risk analyses are comprehensive, up to date and clearly documented whether products are being sold in the UK or in the EU. The appropriate marking is the claim that the product meets the essential requirements of all relevant Directives, and can be legally supplied and move freely throughout the EU, GB and NI. This course is based primarily on the Low Voltage (LV) and Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directives. It provides guidance to compliance and assists participants to determine the route that is most appropriate, cost-effective and efficient for their product. For most companies, the marking is a self-certification process and involves an evaluation of the product or equipment against a relevant standard. The course will be interactive and participative, with opportunities for discussion. On completion, participants should: • Have gained an understanding of the statutory requirements involved; • Understand technical requirements and interpret compliance standards; • Understand the CE, UKCA, UKNI marking process and identify the best route to compliance. Terms & conditions • If there is insufficient demand for workshops we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel. Programme Time Activity 09:30 Welcome & Introductions 09:35 Introduction to CE, UKCA, and UKNI Marking 10:05 Introduction to Electrical Safety & the New Legislative Framework 10:45 Break 11:05 Introduction to EMC 11:40 Electrical Safety 12:25 Break 12:45 EMC in Practice 13:30 LVD Documentation 14:10 Break 14:30 Introduction to ISO 13849-1 15:15 Introduction to RED 15:45 Break 16:05 RoHS, WEEE, ErP, and EMF 16:40 Close

08 Dec 09:30


Exporting can transform your business and finding new markets for your products or services is vital to growing your business. Many Northern Ireland companies begin selling outside in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain before starting to export into Europe and further afield. Businesses who export experience increased turnover and profits, increased market share due to customers in several markets, as well as higher levels of creativity and innovation in-house through the development of products or services to sell into new markets. Developing new markets can be time-consuming and expensive, but there are steps you can take to ensure you focus on the markets with the best opportunities for your business. This webinar will cover key steps required to: • Prepare your business for exporting • Identify the best market(s) • Approach your chosen market You will also find out about the help available through the Business Information Centre, NI Business Info, and other support services. Attendees will also hear from Danielle McBride who will share their experience of utilising the Business Information Centre. Danielle is Marketing Manager of White’s Oats – Ireland’s largest oat miller and award-winning breakfast cereal producer located in Tandragee, Co. Armagh. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

17 Jan 09:00

Crowne Plaza 

At this workshop you will get an insight into the tools and techniques used by learning and development professionals to analyse training needs.

24 Jan 12:00

Glenavon Hotel 

At this workshop you will get an insight into the tools and techniques used by learning and development professionals to analyse training needs.

26 Jan 09:30


Social media is an effective way to maintain a connection with your customers, initiate discussions, and experience business contact in a way most of us have never done before. Social media is an ever-changing landscape and every year trends and new ways of communicating emerge. An end to third party cookies, social media communities, contenting going full screen, chatbots, and micro influencers are some of the biggest recent social media trends that you could utilise in your business. Invest NI, in partnership with Declan Murtagh from digital marketing agency Brilliant Red Digital will deliver an hour-long webinar discussing the most innovative, important trends for 2023, along with how you can implement them in your business. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. You can submit any questions at registration and on the day. Agenda: o The latest Social Media trends for 2023 o Should you try to implement and adapt the latest trends in your business? o How to stay informed of and ahead of the latest social media trends Panellists: o Declan Murtagh, Brilliant Red Digital Declan Murtagh is a Digital Consultant with Brilliant Red Digital. He is a social media specialist and speaker with over 10 years’ experience across a range of industry sectors. Declan has an extensive social media background having delivered campaigns both client-side in senior marketing roles, and agency-side in account management and project-based roles.