24th February
A full day and early start for a Department of Economic Development (DED) briefing on Pension Reform followed by a full DED Department Meeting as usual many work streams and confidential.

The afternoon an informal meeting, the Construction Industry Bodies being one of my delegations. We had an open and frank discussion about challenges facing the Construction Industry, Government Capital Programme and various other concerns to the industry.

Finished the day with a visit to the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) Small Business Marketing Workshop run by Heather Blackley, a Chartered Marketing Consultant. There were 17 participants with the course running over four weeks, all aspiring small or medium size business representatives keen to take their businesses forward. I didn’t stay for the whole workshop but could see it was going to be a useful exercise for participants. Many entrepreneurs have ideas but at the end of the day if they don’t identify their market and promote accordingly their businesses will not succeed.