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The FSB's John Friel (right) has unveiled plans for a special village at this year's Balmoral Show

The FSB's John Friel (right) has unveiled plans for a special village at this year's Balmoral Show

The FSB's John Friel (right) has unveiled plans for a special village at this year's Balmoral Show

Twenty small firms in the manufacturing, services and retail sectors will form a special 'village' exhibit at Balmoral Show, the region's largest agricultural showcase, which attracts around 80,000 visitors every year.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be sponsoring 20 members as part of an 'FSB Village' concept.

FSB Northern Ireland regional chairman John Friel said that there will be a distinct 'strategic fit', as the Federation of Small Businesses campaigns throughout the year on 'Keep Trade Local' which particularly resonates with the agri-food sector given the horse meat scandal and the increasing pressure on maintaining integrity within the food supply chain.

Mr Friel said that small businesses are the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy.

The 2014 Balmoral Show takes place from May 14-16

Belfast Telegraph