Belfast Telegraph

Moy Park and Almac lead business delegation to Stormont for MLA briefing

With almost 10,000 people employed in the agri-food and health and life sciences sectors in Craigavon, and countless others in the creative industries, the area has firmly established itself as an economic hub. Today, some of its most successful companies travelled to Parliament Buildings, Stormont, to brief MLAs and key business stakeholders about the opportunities available and industries that are thriving in the Craigavon Borough.

The event in the Long Gallery was organised by Craigavon Borough Council as part of its ‘Craigavon Means Business’ initiative, which aims to profile these key sectors in the Craigavon business community. Guests got to hear from Moy Park on the back of the company’s publicity boost this summer with the World Cup sponsorship, from Almac Group, one of Northern Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical development companies, and Andrew Morgan, Founder of Edenballycoggill Workshop.

Councillor Colin McCusker, Mayor of Craigavon, said: "We are delighted to bring the ‘Craigavon Means Business’ programme to Stormont today to highlight some of the fantastic work being carried out in the private sector in our area. We have the highest percentage of agri-food and drink businesses per sq mile/ per capita of any other region in Northern Ireland, for example, and some of the largest employers in Northern Ireland are based in the Borough.”

Councillor Paul Duffy, Vice-chair of Development Committee, Craigavon Borough Council, said: “Thanks to our thriving business community, we have a 4.3% unemployment rate and, with an excellent education system, offer a skilled workforce for new businesses wishing to locate in Craigavon."

The Craigavon Means Business programme was launched by the council earlier this year, with the aim of stimulating growth and competitiveness of companies in these key sectors. The council is undertaking a series of projects focusing on engaging with businesses currently operating in the area to discuss growth potential within their sector.

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