Belfast Telegraph

Invest NI goes west on research trip

By Louise Small

A team from Invest NI met businesses in west Belfast recently as part of the agency's annual conference.

Invest NI said it was an opportunity for their overseas trade and investment team to learn more about economic strengths and opportunities within the area.

Last year Invest NI worked alongside with scientific camera company Andor Technology based in west Belfast, creating 166 jobs as a result of the Boosting Business campaign. Andor Technology is one of Northern Ireland's listed businesses.

Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton said: "As part of our wider organisational restructuring we have recently brought together all of our overseas sales and trade development activities into a single team and this is the first opportunity we have had to bring them to Northern Ireland at the one time. Through our Jobs Fund, over the past year, 77 jobs have been promoted in local businesses and social enterprises in west Belfast.

"Some of the businesses benefiting from this fund include the Spectrum Centre, Footprint, Shankill Women's Centre and Falls Council.

"These give us a good foundation on which to further build our contribution to local economic development."