Western companies are encouraged to grow with Invest NI support

Companies in Fermanagh and Tyrone are being encouraged to access the wide range of support offered by Invest Northern Ireland so they can compete more effectively in an increasingly challenging global marketplace.

As part of an ongoing programme of engagement with the business community, Invest NI is meeting with accountancy practices and banks across Northern Ireland to identify firms that could benefit from assistance and advice.

Speaking at the first briefing session, held at the Mellon Country Inn, Omagh, Mary Gormley, Manager of Invest NI’s Western Regional Office said: “We currently work with over 450 companies in Tyrone and Fermanagh, the majority of these being small enterprises which we are helping with first time exporting activities, ICT schemes, new product development or wider business improvement programmes.

“Invest NI has offered support to over 2,600 projects since 2002, that aim to invest some £464m in the Fermanagh, Dungannon, Strabane, Omagh and Cookstown district council areas. However, there are many more companies in the region that could benefit from Invest NI support particularly as the global marketplace becomes even more competitive and challenging.

“Banks and accountants can help us to identify such businesses as they have a strong understanding of their clients’ needs. By ensuring that they are fully aware of the types of advice and assistance available through our offices in Omagh and Enniskillen, we hope many more ambitious companies can be encouraged to seek our support.”

A second briefing session for accountancy practices and banks was held at Quinn’s Corner, Dungannon. Two further briefing sessions will be held at:

Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

25 September 2008

Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown

2 October 2008