IT’S Curry night tomorrow.
Broadcaster Declan Curry will be the guest speaker at the 2009 Examiner Business Awards, which takes place at the town’s Galpharm Stadium.
Declan is well-known as the friendly face of business news on a number of TV programmes.
He is probably best known for broadcasting live from the London Stock Exchange – giving up-to-the-minute shares news and interviewing company bosses.
He has also worked for various rolling news channels and has also appeared as a daily business commentator in the United States for ABC News.
Declan regularly broadcasts at breakfast time before continuing on 24-hour TV news until the middle of the afternoon – so his proud claim is to be one of the few people to see 2.30 twice each day.
The first time is when his alarm clock goes off at 2.30am to get him up for his morning TV stint. At 2.30pm, he’s normally having a late lunchtime meeting in the City, struggling with his French classes or thinking about cocoa and a nap!
Declan has also written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and industry publications in the UK, the Irish Republic and the USA – including the highly-respected Investors People.
Declan Curry was born and raised in Northern Ireland, but moved to London to study chemistry before turning his talents to journalism.
As well as focusing on business and finance, he has carried out a wide range of reporting assignments – from factories, schools, farms and breweries interviewing unusual characters ranging from a town crier to the owner of a dog that was trained to use a fax machine.
Underlining his standing in the sector, he was voted Proshare Financial Personality of the Year two years running – an award based on the votes of thousands of small shareholders across the UK.
Declan is much in demand for appearances at high-profile conferences and awards ceremonies, including the National Business Awards Conference and the DTI e-commerce awards.
BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will again host the event.
The veteran broadcaster hosted the first Examiner Business Awards in 2006 and has been ever-present since then – delivering a polished performance.
More than 300 people will attend the awards ceremony at the stadium – when award nominees and winners will rub shoulders with leading figures from the local business community.