Sir Jeffrey heads delegation for trade talks in London
Business leaders from Lisburn and Castlereagh are travelling to Westminster today to hold discussions about future trade links. Some 40 companies are attending an event hosted by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council with Lagan Valley DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.
Major firms already operating in the area include Graham Construction and security doors company Assa Abloy.
A council spokeswoman said the delegation would not be meeting bosses from department store John Lewis, which four years ago withdrew a planning application to build a store at Sprucefield Retail Park.
The spokeswoman explained: "The council is meeting with a number of current and potential investors, including INTU as the owners of Sprucefield Retail Park.
"On this occasion the council is not meeting with any representatives from John Lewis."
MP Sir Jeffrey added: "There are a number of key drivers for economic growth and tourism development in our area.
"These include the fact that we are home to the Queen's official residence, at Hillsborough Castle, and Northern Ireland's largest exhibition and events centre, the Eikon Centre.
"We want to build on this and I am proud to work with the council in progressing their economic vision.
"The success of existing investors, such as Coca-Cola, Graham, Lloyds Banking Group and Assa Abloy, is testament to the benefits of locating in Lisburn-Castlereagh."