Sunshine and snow!
UKRN and our stakeholder engagement in Northern Ireland
Published: 18th January 2024
As the sun was shining and the snow was falling, we were confident our trip to Northern Ireland was going to be very special.
Ahead of us, was a few eagerly anticipated events, that we had carefully planned in partnership, with The Utility Regulator, The Consumer Council and the team at Stormont, as part of our wider engagement strategy across the devolved nations.
Bathed in sunshine, we opened our event with a networking lunch in the splendour of Stormont. In what potentially was going to be a key week for the Assembly, we were delighted to be joined by many MLA’s from across the political landscape, along with key stakeholders and a significant number of our regulatory members.
The theme of the event was ‘regulatory engagement in Northern Ireland’ and the networking lunch was followed by a very engaging panel discussion which lead into the Q&A session.
Pragmatic reflections and exchanges, helped drive a real understanding and ask of the needs and expectations of consumers and businesses, before the event was closed by John French, Chief Executive from The Utility Regulator.
Panellists included the CMA, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Council and Utility Regulator.
Day 2 started with heavy snow in Belfast, and was opened with a networking breakfast at the office of UKRN member, The Utility Regulator. This event was again planned in partnership, primarily driven by our colleagues from The Utility Regulator and The Consumer Council, with UKRN playing a cameo role.
We were delighted that so many of our regulator members stayed overnight to also attend this excellent event, which centred on ‘Positive interventions to help consumers in vulnerable circumstances’. It presented the opportunity for regulators to mix with many additional key stakeholders and hear from panellists around the lived experience and day to day challenges being faced around the cost of living for consumers.
Really engaging events, really well attended which facilitated excellent collaboration opportunities across UKRN members, key stakeholders, MLA’s and again showcased the real value and importance of our measured, devolved nations activity.
Whatever the weather threw at us, the welcome in Belfast was very warm!
Read what some of our stakeholders who attended the events had to say here: