Carson McDowell Announces Partnership with Ulster University's SME Centre

02 April 2015


Carson McDowell is delighted to announce that the firm is now the legal patron of Ulster University’s SME Centre.

The SME Centre was established in 2012 as the first point of contact for business owners to reach the best support. It aims to help business owners, microbusiness managers and social enterprises with employment, finance, management training and business development plan queries. In addition they provide funded short term courses and events to help business owners progress their skills.

Neasa Quigley, joint head of the corporate team at Carson McDowell, said: “We recognise that SMEs are the backbone of local economy which is why we want to do what we can to support them and help them to prosper. We work with large and small companies on a daily basis, providing them with advice to enhance their growth ability.

“In recognition of this work we were announced as the winner of the ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ category at the Insider Media Dealmaker Awards 2015 and named Northern Irish Law Firm of the Year 2014 by The Legal 500 United Kingdom – the leading independent guide to law firms in the UK.”

She added: “The onus for all of us in the professional services sector should be to support the growing number of successful SME businesses that exist in Northern Ireland to help them expand and develop from the SME category into large international players. We look forward to working closely with the University’s SME Centre on its exciting programme of activity.”

Kirsty McManus, director of Ulster University’s SME Centre, said: “We're delighted to welcome Carson McDowell as our legal patron. We wanted to bring on board a law firm that would guide our support to Northern Ireland SMEs. Carson McDowell fulfils this criteria to the fullest extent and has demonstrated a clear commitment to the growth of our indigenous SMEs."

Neasa Quigley, joint head of the corporate team at Carson McDowell, is joined by Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, and Kirsty McManus, Director of the SME Centre.