Belfast Telegraph

Portadown and Lurgan scheme promoting retail is a cut above rest

A new 1920s-style barber shop has joined a scheme to promote retail in Lurgan and Portadown. As well as setting up barbers Elk & Clipper, Dwaine Smyth also established the award-winning butcher, The Meat Cleaver, in Portadown.

He said he fully supported the 'business matching' scheme which promotes networking between businesses, investors and commercial agents. Craigavon Borough Council said the scheme helped establish 15 new retail and hospitality businesses - and a new phase begins this year. Mr Smyth himself has plans to open another 15 branches of Elk & Clipper with co-owner Michael Dowell and business partner Shane Lynch, best known as a former member of Boyzone.

Mr Smyth was joined by Craigavon councillor Mark Baxter, the chairman of Craigavon's development committee. To find out more about the business matching scheme, contact Lyn McNeill, town centre manager at

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