As an American expat, I couldn’t have guessed just how many incredible businesses were thriving here- doing exceptional work and building a robust economy for the future.
There’s a proud tradition in this country of innovation, hard work and entrepreneurship- of building useful and beautiful things. And I’m very fortunate to have witnessed it firsthand.
When I moved here, I knew about the great engineering tradition stretching back to the days of Titanic. I knew about the proud manufacturing heritage. I knew a bit about the history and the hard work of the people.
What I hadn’t known was that these traditions were still alive and well.
The things being built today are different than they were a century ago. The industries have changed. But determined people always adapt.
For a small country, there are so many talented people in Northern Ireland- people who know how to build and create.
These businesses aren’t just selling things. They’re making things. And in many cases they’ve learned their trades as part of proud traditions passed on from generation to generation.
That kind of expertise doesn’t exist in too many places in the world. It’s something to hang on to. Because once it’s lost, it’s often gone forever.
I’ve found it inspiring and humbling getting to know the people behind these creative enterprises.
Frankly, working with them has demanded of me that I raise my game. It has required that I work harder and longer. It has required of me greater commitment and greater passion.
It’s fair to say that working with them has made me just that bit better.
I’m grateful for that. And I’m looking forward to working with many more great entrepreneurial clients in the days and years ahead.
To see some of the businesses I've had the good fortune to work with, click here.