Gerald Ratner to speak at Portadown business breakfast

Gerard Ratner
Gerard Ratner

Business man and motivational speaker Gerald Ratner who was formerly chief executive of the major British jewellery company Ratners Group will be one of the key speakers at a breakfast event in Portadown, next week.

He achieved notoriety after making a speech in which he jokingly denigrated two of the company’s products, which caused the company’s near collapse now known as the ‘Ratner effect.’

He will be joined by The Apprentice semi-finalist, Grainne McCoy and mentoring consultant, Kevin Houston who will all take to the podium to share their successes and how they’ve overcome challenges they’ve faced throughout their careers

The free event which takes place on Wednesday March 1, is organised by Portadown Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Department for Communities and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council at Portadown Town Hall from 8am – 11am. The event is hosted by Pamela Ballentine.

Chair of Economic Development and Regeneration Councillor Colin McCusker said, “Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is committed to working closely with local businesses to ensure they continue to grow and prosper and we are delighted to work inpartnership with Portadown Chamber of Commerce and Department for Communities to bringthis event to our area.

“This breakfast represents a fantastic opportunity for business leaders to connect and network, share and learn new ideas as well as gain inspiration and encouragement from well-known business experts. This event without a doubt will enhance business profiles, help and support

growth and I would urge all local businesses to come along.”

President of Portadown Chamber of Commerce Adrian Farrell said, “Acting as a voice for Portadown’s traders, business people and industrialists we focus on developing and fostering the growth of our local business community, that is why we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Department for Communities and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to host this business breakfast.

“At the breakfast, local businesses will benefit from an excellent networking opportunity, a programme of exciting guest speakers who will share their knowledge, experience and stories in starting and running their own business, which is sure to add value to their own business.”

Anyone wanting to attend should email briege.mccreanor@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or calling 028 3831 3617 by February 27, 12 noon.