One of the largest delegations of Northern Ireland business leaders travelled to London to develop trade links and promote inward investment at the annual Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster event that took place in the prestigious surroundings of the Palace of Westminster.
The event, hosted by the pioneering Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in partnership with local MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, championed Northern Ireland and Lisburn Castlereagh as a great place do business with extensive potential for inward investment.
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 area should develop and this event forms part of our plans to highlight Northern Ireland, and in particular, 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,” she added.
“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 percent in April 2018 this further strengthens our appeal in attracting major developments,” said Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee; Councillor Uel Mackin.
“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.”
Speaking at the event Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, explained, “We have so much potential in Lisburn Castlereagh with our unique location and exciting offer. 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 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,” said Sir Donaldson.
The council will be returning 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 prime investment location.
For more information about investment opportunities in Lisburn Castlereagh contact the council’s Investment Team at: www.investlisburncastlereagh.gov.uk