Posted on Monday 13 January 2020 by Ulster Business

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A new event will bring together the Northern Ireland diaspora and business community in a bid to promote and develop the region.

The inaugural BelfastforLife Expo begins on Friday March 6, 2020 with three days of activities to showcase a confident city which has become an exciting place to live, work and socialise.

The initiative, hosted by the Abacus Talent Group, is supported by Belfast City Council, NI Connections, Visit Belfast, and a number of prestigious Belfast based companies.

More than 100 selected participants will meet employers, attend networking events, enjoy formal and informal dinners, seminars and more. They will also be given a taste of Belfast’s nightlife and social scene, and all at no cost.

Justin Rush, founder of BelfastforLife and director of recruitment firm Abacus said: “For too long many of our most talented people have left Northern Ireland to either work or study elsewhere.

“Belfast has changed, it is a vibrant, modern, thriving city which is home to many leading companies keen to attract the best talent. The city is a wonderful place to work, live and socialise and just last year was named by Lonely Planet as the Best Place to Visit.”

Some of the firms taking part in the weekend include Allen & Overy, Aflac Northern Ireland, Allstate Northern Ireland, Baker McKenzie, Carson McDowell, Cowen, EY, IQEQ, Herbert Smith Freehills, TP ICAP, Tughans.

The BelfastforLife Expo is open to anyone considering moving to Belfast now or in the future. Applications close on January 31, 2020.

Successful candidates will be contacted week commencing February 2, 2020. To find out more about the BelfastforLife Expo 2020 and to register, visit


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