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Big boost for Lisburn as £500k is pumped into 10 new businesses

Published 29/03/2016

Hannah Wilson works in Little French Barn, which opened in Lisburn
Hannah Wilson works in Little French Barn, which opened in Lisburn

More than £500,000 has been invested by 10 retail and food firms who have set up businesses in Lisburn in the last month, it's been claimed.

Alfredo's Restaurant, Bob & Berts, Chouchou Cafe, Little French Barn, The Man Shack, Rose & Poetry Boutique, Sweet Street, The Pizza Base, Bar 15 and Shane Bennett Hairdressing are some of the businesses that have come to the city, creating more than 100 jobs in the process.

It comes after the unveiling of the new public realm space within the Market Square area last November, as well as an active drive to attract new business.

Allan Ewart, chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's economic development committee, said the development forms part of a long term vision to ensure the city achieves its true potential.

"We strongly believe the extensive enhancement of the area has allowed us to present a compelling proposition for future investment," he said.

"The fact that in the last month alone, over 10 businesses have set up in the city centre and with others still in the early stages of planning, shows that Lisburn is being seen for its potential.

"We pride ourselves on the programmes put in place to help support small business owners and will continue to offer a variety of solutions to new and existing businesses.

"As with the new business generation, current businesses are also being encouraged to reinvest in their offering and futureproof their business."

Nicky McCollum, development director with Lisburn Square Ltd, said there has been a noticeable increase in footfall at the retail site.

He continued: "Lisburn Square is now establishing a core of very strong and popular brands among our tenants.

"We are delighted that CBRE has been able to deliver this letting for the scheme."

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