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'From Surviving to Thriving' A Business Master Class

18 February 2011


The Ulster Business School, in association with the NI Chamber of Commerce, has lined up three inspirational speakers for its next Business Breakfast Master Class at the University’s Belfast campus on Thursday February 24.

The speakers include Feargal McCormack, Managing Partner, FPM Accountants LLP; Dr Lisa Bradley Head of Department of International Business, Ulster Business School and Jennifer McKeever, Director, Airporter who will  speak on ‘Preparing Your Business’, ‘Preparing Your Mind’  and ‘Business in Action’ respectively. 

Feargal McCormack, Managing Partner, FPM Accountants LLP is a well known Co Down businessman. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with international accountancy firm KPMG in 1986, he was appointed as a Manager in KPMG in 1987. He subsequently joined the Industrial Development Board (now Invest NI) as a Principal Officer and at the time was one of the youngest Principal Officers in the history of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. In 1991 he established FPM Chartered Accountants, and ever since, the company has enjoyed steady growth and is now an eleven partner practice.

Dr Lisa Bradley who took over the reins as Head of Department of International Business, Ulster Business School last October, is a martial arts expert. She holds a third Dan black belt in judo, was a silver medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and twice World Masters champion. She no longer competes but is still involved in coaching and feels that many of the skills developed through judo are generic and can be applied to many different situations.

“Whether you are head of department or a coach, your goal is to help bring out the best in people,” she says.

Airporter is an award winning privately owned provider of public transport. The family owned and operated business provides direct links between Derry/Londonderry and Belfast International and Belfast City airports. The company has a proven track of innovation and adapting to meet the changing of its customer.  In 2009, it was the first coach company in Northern Ireland to introduce free on board Wi-Fi across the fleet. It was in the news again last year when it introduced the first online reservation system for bus and coach travel in Northern Ireland. Airporter has won the Innovation Award from the Federation of Passenger Transport (NI) in 2009 and 2010, and was named 2010 Coach Operator of the year.

Following a Q&A session with the panel chaired by Professor Robert Kirk, Department of Accounting, Ulster Business School, closing remarks will be by Oonagh O’Reilly, Business Development Director, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce

For further information and to register for the event, go to