Belfast Telegraph

NI will 'benefit' from new industrial strategy

By Margaret Canning

The government has said key industries in Northern Ireland, including construction and life sciences, will benefit from its new industrial strategy.

And the strategy also includes negotiations for a Belfast City Deal, first mentioned in the Chancellor's Budget last week.

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the plan would help the whole of the UK and would "build on Northern Ireland's exceptional strengths and boost people's earning power".

Ann McGregor, chief executive of the NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the strategy was a "positive and constructive" document.

But she said it would need representation from the regions on any institutions.

The government department also said the strategy would boost Northern Ireland's research and innovation base, and encourage innovative firms to bid for the government's science and research fund.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire said: "Championing the unique strengths of Northern Ireland, the new industrial strategy launched clearly demonstrates the UK government's commitment to boost earning power, drive growth and offer opportunities."

Belfast Telegraph

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