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Council looking for more investment for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

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Roger Wilson, chief executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; David Gavaghan, chair of CBI Northern Ireland and Gareth Wilson, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Boroughwhile

Roger Wilson, chief executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; David Gavaghan, chair of CBI Northern Ireland and Gareth Wilson, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Boroughwhile

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Roger Wilson, chief executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; David Gavaghan, chair of CBI Northern Ireland and Gareth Wilson, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Boroughwhile

Northern Ireland's biggest council area outside Belfast has said it's ripe for further investment after a number of major deals in the location so far this year.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said that 2017 had brought significant spending by inward investors and homegrown companies alike in sectors from retail to pharmaceuticals.

Retail boosts came with the announcement of a new M&S Food Hall in Craigavon, along with a Lidl store in Lurgan after the original store relocated.

And pharmaceutical giant Almac, which is based in Craigavon, had invested in new facilities, while poultry giant Moy Park had been sold in a £1bn deal.

At an event in Craigavon Conference and Civic Centre, council leaders said it had adapted a strong business focus.

DUP Lord Mayor Gareth Wilson said: "We are uniquely positioned to access key markets and are showing strong growth in key sectors of the economy such as advanced manufacturing and agri-food.

"We are already seeing considerable investment in the borough, but there is always the potential for more to follow."

He added:"We believe that by further strengthening our collaboration and working partnerships with the local private sector, we will be able to attract additional investment."

Belfast Telegraph