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Pioneering council, strong vision.
Over 120 delegates joined Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, at the annual ‘Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster’ Business and Investment event in a bid to develop trade links for local businesses and encourage inward investment into the Council area.
The highly successful event, which took place on the 16 March in the prestigious surroundings of the Palace of Westminster, highlighted Lisburn Castlereagh as Northern Ireland’s premier investment location and the extensive opportunities that exist for new developments. High level discussions with developers, potential investors and dignitaries took place and local businesses had the opportunity to meet with their suppliers and customers to advance their relationships.
Leading the officer group, the Council’s Chief Executive, Dr. Theresa Donaldson, spoke of the Council’s ambitious investment plans: “The Council is truly visionary on how the local economy should develop and this event forms part of our plans to highlight Lisburn Castlereagh as a unique and premier investment location. We are ideally positioned on the main Belfast to Dublin economic corridor and we are Northern Ireland’s best connected city with quite a unique advantage over other cities. We are a great place to do business and we want Lisburn Castlereagh to be a destination of choice for manufacturing, retail, hotel, leisure and office developments.”
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “We are delighted to travel to London to let investors and businesses know that we want their business. With the corporation tax due to reduce to 12.5 per cent in April 2018 this further strengthens our appeal in attracting major developments. We pride ourselves on the high level of business support we give to investors and the Council, in many ways, is paving the way for strong economic growth in Lisburn Castlereagh. We are fortunate to be so close to our capital city but we are an excellent alternative and it’s important for developers to know that we also offer great potential and a strong return on investment.”
Supporting the Council, Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson explained: “There are a number of key drivers for economic growth and tourism development in our area including the fact that we are home to the Queen’s official residence at Hillsborough Castle and Northern Ireland’s largest exhibition and events centre, the Eikon Centre. We want to build on this and I am proud to work with the Council in progressing their economic vision. The success of existing investors such as Coca-Cola, Graham, Lloyds Banking and Assa Abloy, is testament to the benefits of locating in Lisburn Castlereagh, and it’s encouraging to hear the success stories of local businesses today. I would like to commend the Council on taking such a forward-thinking approach and I will continue to support them with their vision of driving sustainable economic growth.”
The Council will also return to MIPIM UK, the UK’s largest property event, in October 2017 when once again it will take the lead in promoting Lisburn Castlereagh as Northern Ireland’s premier investment location.
If you would like to find out more about investment opportunities or you are thinking of locating your business in Lisburn Castlereagh please get in touch with the Council’s Investment Team at: www.investlisburncastlereagh.com
T: 028 9250 9484