Northern Ireland senior economist to speak at business seminar

Published: 29th January 2016

As part of the programme of events to support local businesses, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised an informative seminar on the Future of the Local and Regional Economy.

The free event will be held in the Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 12.30 pm, with the guest speaker the renowned Senior Economist from the Ulster Bank, Mr Richard Ramsey.

Mr Ramsey has a wealth of experience in the field of economics and is Northern Ireland Economist with Ulster Bank’s Group Economics, having responsibility for providing analysis and commentary on all aspects of the Northern Ireland Economy including financial markets.

Before joining the Ulster Bank, he spent 10 years in the public sector including spells as Principal Economist at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and with Invest NI.  He also held a number of economist posts within the Department of Finance and Personnel.

Speaking about the event, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said that the aim of the seminar was to give a comprehensive overview of the economy, reflect on the unprecedented change in the global, regional and local economy and consider how the economy and business could be stimulated and grown into the future.

Councillor O’Reilly said that he and the Council were delighted that such a prestigious speaker as Mr Ramsey was to address the event saying

“The Council greatly appreciates having Mr Ramsey speak at this seminar and I know that with his understanding of the fluctuating economy he will provide an in-depth analysis of the current economic climate which will be of tremendous benefit to local businesses.

Our SMEs are an important sector of the local economy and they have shown tremendous resilience in sustaining their business and providing much needed employment in our area. The Council recognises that SMEs are the lifeblood of our region and the programme of events scheduled throughout the year will offer expert guidance and advice as the district emerges from the economic recession and prepares for its economic future”.

The Chairman highlighted next significant event in the programme, which is the Council’s first ever Enterprise Week which will run from Monday 29 February to Friday 4 March 2016.

“I am particularly delighted that the Council has had the foresight to arrange its first ever Enterprise Week and I can assure the local business community that there will be a wide range of practical and valuable events during the week which will provide an array of information relevant to our local business needs,” he said.

Further details on Enterprise Week and the other events programmed will be published in the coming weeks.

As spaces for the Future of the Local and Regional Economy seminar are limited, anyone wishing to attend this free event should contact Sharon McGillion, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, E-mail: or telephone: 0300 3031 777 Ext: 20328.




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