InvestNI backing NW sausage rolls and GAA tops in efforts to achieve balanced regional economy

Invest NI's support for a North West sausage roll maker and a GAA jersey manufacturer is part of the Executive's ongoing efforts to achieve a balanced regional economy.

Sunday, 11th September 2016, 9:04 am

That’s according to Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, who says Invest NI’s support for McColgan’s and O’Neill’s in Strabane is part of its continuing attempts at helping promote economic regeneration in the North West.

The Minister has also pledged that he will continue to engage with the local Council in order to ensure that these kinds of supports continue in future.

The Minister made the pledge after Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff asked what he was doing to achieve “a more balanced regional economy, with particular regard to growing the economy in Omagh and Strabane”.

Mr Hamilton said: “In relation to support for the areas of Omagh and Strabane, Invest NI has provided support for several important business investments including McColgan’s Quality Foods, O’Neills International Sports Company Limited and Terex GB Limited.”

The Economy Minister said engagement with Derry City and Strabane District Council will continue to ensure there is a joined up strategy for economic redevelopment with regional and local government both having a role to play.

“My Department and Invest NI have and will continue to engage with all Councils, including Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council, in the development of their economic development plans, to ensure that there is alignment with the Programme for Government (PfG) and the refocused Economic Strategy,” said the Economy Minister.