Sep 23, 2004

As part of its commitment to increasing access to its range of services for new and existing clients, Invest Northern Ireland has opened a third new office. Located in the Science Innovation Centre in the University of Ulster in Coleraine, the office was officially opened by Invest NI Chief Executive, Leslie Morrison.

The choice of location, said Mr Morrison, was directly related to Invest NI’s objective of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation and stimulating higher levels of research and development, by facilitating knowledge technology transfer.

This is the third office to be opened in Northern Ireland in the last three months. The other two are in Enniskillen and Craigavon.

“This new office will bring Invest NI’s client teams closer to our customers in the Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle areas and will also further develop our relationship with other stakeholders involved in local economic development in the area,” said Leslie Morrison.

“We have just launched a consultation process for our Accelerating Entrepreneurship strategy which aims to transform Northern Ireland into an ‘exemplar location for starting and growing a successful business’ by creating an innovative, flexible and fully integrated business support structure.

“Our presence on the ground in the local offices and our enhanced ability to work on a collaborative basis with our economic development partners are key to the success of this strategy.”

“We are also continuing our efforts to attract new inward investment to the area and are developing a north western sales proposition built around the university campuses at Coleraine and Derry, which boast world class research facilities, and turn out highly skilled graduates who have much to offer the local economy.”

The Coleraine office will be staffed by two client executives and one support staff in the first instance and will include a ‘hot desk’ facility for staff from other groups from Invest NI to use when required.

The opening event was attended by key personnel from Invest NI, local businesses and council representatives.

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