“The new office in Craigavon will enhance Invest Northern Ireland’s local service delivery and will enable us to strengthen our links with the private sector, councils, business organisations and other stakeholders in the area with the aim of developing and sustaining a robust local economy,” said Professor Fabian Monds, Chairman of Invest NI.

Professor Monds was speaking as he officially opened Invest NI’s new office located in the Oracle Conference Centre in the Upper Bann Institute, Craigavon. The office is the second of three new offices being opened by Invest NI to increase local access to its services for new and existing businesses. An office in Enniskillen was opened in November.

“This area has many successful businesses and is well known for its strong economic focus. There is a high level of business start-up in the region and our focus is on helping these businesses grow by embracing innovation and new technology, and targeting export markets,” said Prof Monds.

“The new office is located on the same site as the Upper Bann Institute’s Training Direct facility for business, with the local enterprise agency and the Council’s economic development unit close by, so we can now work even more closely with our economic partners to ensure that businesses in the area receive the range of support they need.

“The attraction of sustainable Foreign Direct Investment to the area is also a core objective for Invest NI. We will continue to work with councils to develop a sales message that promotes the unique assets of the region, to include its loyal workforce, skills base, thriving business community and excellent quality of life,” added Prof Monds.

The opening of the new office reflects the commitment of Invest NI, as set out in its Corporate Plan, to an enhanced local presence that gives access to its full range of services.

The Craigavon office will initially be staffed by two experienced client executives who will work as an integral part of the network of Invest NI specialists.

Chief Executive of Invest NI, Leslie Morrison, who was present at the opening, commented: “We’re committed to increasing the level of business start-ups and facilitating sustainable business growth for local companies, and the opening of our new offices is evidence of this.

“This new office will act as a gateway to the full range of Invest NI business support ranging from assistance with start up, through programmes to encourage growth, assist with research and development and help companies develop excellence in all aspects of their operations.”

The event was attended by over 100 people, among them key personnel from Invest NI, local businesses and council representatives.