Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

America still a major market for us, says Invest NI chief

America remains an important market for Northern Ireland companies, the US Consul General has heard this week.

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, met with Gregory S Burton to explore maximising export and inward investment opportunities for the region.

“In recent years we have seen some big US names choose Northern Ireland thanks to our excellent skills base and infrastructure,” said Mr Hamilton.

“In the last decade there has been over £1bn of US investment in Northern Ireland. Coupled with the fact that a significant percentage of all inward investment here is from the US, this makes this a very important market for us.

“North America is also a very important export market. It is the second largest in the world for Northern Ireland manufacturing businesses — second only to the Republic of Ireland. It is therefore important that, while we are working to develop new markets and export opportunities we continue to build on our success in North America.

“It was a pleasure to meet with US Consul General Burton and I look forward to continuing the strong, positive relations we have had with the Consul.”