Posted on Wednesday 24 February 2010 by Ulster Business

Bill Manson, Aaron Shimmons, Jack McIlduff

Pictured with MLN Facilitator Bill Manson of Podiem are Champions Aaron Shimmons of Tartan IS (left) and Jack McIlduff of Europa General (right).

A business initiative offering free support and resources to managers and leaders in Northern Ireland is re-launching its services. MLN – or the Management & Leadership Network – is about to ‘take off again’ as a private sector supported initiative, having previously been funded by the Department for Employment and Learning. Bill Manson has been involved with MLN since its inception in 2002. He says: “We are excited about working with owners and managers again. Our funding came to an end in 2009 but feedback from the local business community encouraged us to identify other means of continuing to deliver the key features of MLN’s services. “The new MLN is committed to building on the momentum of our previous achievements and we have been able to reinvent ourselves with the support of local ‘champion firms’ and ‘ambassadors’.” Existing and new members will have free access to best practice resources and up-to-date local expert guidance in key business issues through regular e-zines, supported by the MLN website. MLN will continue to provide signposting to funding and relevant business events. In addition, members will have access to free master classes, delivered by experts, including business to business networking opportunities. Funding for the initiative now comes from ‘champion firms’ from different industry sectors, which recognise the importance of the management and leadership agenda. A group of recognised business and management figures are working as ‘ambassadors’ – supporting and endorsing the MLN message. MLN’s legal champion, McGrigors, is supporting the initiative while Europa General Underwriters (N.I,) Ltd, are MLN’s insurance champion. Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, is one of MLN’s ambassadors.

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