Foster: ICT sector central to attracting investment

Aug 16, 2012

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has visited 'Empowering Change in Emerald Valley', a privately funded entrepreneurial incubation centre which provides co-working space for a number of technology and other business start-ups in Newry. Pictured with the Minister are Director Eve Earley and Councillor Connaire McGreevy along with young entrepreneurs Laura McKevitt, Conor Fegan, Conlin Doyle and Ryan Johnston.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has highlighted the important role of the IT sector in attracting potential investors to Northern Ireland.

The Minister was speaking as she visited ‘Empowering Change in Emerald Valley’, a privately funded entrepreneurial incubation centre in Newry which provides co-working space for a number of technology and other business start-ups.

Arlene Foster said: “The ICT sector is central to our future economic growth and so it is hugely encouraging to see facilities such as this, which gives assistance to innovative and cutting edge companies in areas such as web design, social media and digital marketing.

“My Department, through Invest Northern Ireland, will continue to offer support to fledgling businesses in the ICT sector as we seek to attract high-quality investment here. Northern Ireland possesses a highly skilled ICT workforce and start-ups such as those based in Empowering Change in Emerald Valley are invaluable if we are to establish the knowledge-based economy upon which our future competitiveness will largely rest.”

‘Empowering Change in Emerald Valley’ offers office facilities for businesses and entrepreneurs, including conference room, exhibition space and broadband and also provides wrap around business development activities to help tenants grow through networking, advice and access to business coaching expertise.

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