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Ulster Carpets Managing Director Nick Coburn elected President of NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry

NI Chamber President Nick Coburn, Vice-President Ellvena Graham and now Past-President Stephen McCully

NI Chamber President Nick Coburn, Vice-President Ellvena Graham and now Past-President Stephen McCully

NI Chamber President Nick Coburn, Vice-President Ellvena Graham and now Past-President Stephen McCully

Nick Coburn, Managing Director of Ulster Carpets, was today elected as President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber).

Mr. Coburn, who succeeds Power NI’s Stephen McCully, joined family owned Ulster Carpets in 1977, and was appointed Managing Director of Ulster Carpets Group in 2004. With a turnover of £60 million, the group manufactures carpets for the residential and contract markets locally and world-wide.

Speaking following his election at the NI Chamber AGM in the Merchant Hotel Belfast this morning, Mr Coburn said:

“It is an honour to be elected President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am delighted to have the opportunity to support business growth through NI Chamber. There are many companies in Northern Ireland who are world leaders in their field and I believe there is an opportunity for even more firms to prosper by exploring and developing new markets overseas as Ulster Carpets has done.  I aim to share my experience in export markets with others and to provide inspiration to those considering international sales.

“NI Chamber is committed to engaging with Northern Ireland’s new Executive, particularly the Departments for the Economy, Finance and Infrastructure and by doing so, to help drive through measures to help businesses and the wider economy in Northern Ireland to grow.”

The NI Chamber AGM also saw Ellvena Graham, formerly Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, and the current Chairman of the ESB Group, elected as Vice-President.  She is also Chair of the Economic Advisory Group and Chair of BWUH Limited, which operates both Belfast Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall.

Ms. Graham commented:

“Having worked closely with NI Chamber as a Board Member, I am extremely proud to be appointed as Vice-President.

“NI Chamber promotes and supports the interests, success and prosperity of its members and the Northern Ireland economy.  The organisation’s purpose is to serve its members, to be an effective business advocate and to provide innovative support and services to members.  I look forward to working further with the NI Chamber Board, Council and Executive team.”

Welcoming both into their new roles, NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor said:

“I would like to congratulate Nick and Ellvena on their election and thank the outgoing President Stephen McCully for his leadership and support. Our new President and Vice-President bring a breadth of experience which will become a great asset to our organisation. I look forward to working closely with them.”

For more information on Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visit www.northernirelandchamber.com or Twitter @NIChamber

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