James Nesbitt in plea for investors to back Belfast
Award-winning actor James Nesbitt has said Belfast should be top of the list of any visionary civic, economic and business leader looking for great places to invest.
Nesbitt was speaking via video message to an audience of global investors attending the MIPIM investment event in Cannes.
Belfast City Council said the city's popularity was reflected in the high turn-out of property and development investors who visited its stand this week and attended a St Patrick's Day celebration, during which they heard Nesbitt's heartfelt promotion. The actor said: "I am a great believer in the role of cities in developing local, regional, national and global economies and I couldn't be more supportive of Belfast and its investment initiative.
"Belfast, of course, is a great city of talent and now is the time to reveal that talent to the rest of the world and display the true greatness of the city. As Chancellor of Ulster University, I am particular proud of the development of the new city centre Ulster University Belfast Campus and its role in acting as a catalyst for so many other major developments in the city."
He added: "With an abundance of highly educated and committed graduates and a hugely experienced and skilled workforce, it would really be an opportunity missed for visionary civic, economic and business leaders not to consider Belfast as a great place for investment.
Nesbitt also paid tribute to "the passion, the tenacity, the warmth and the hospitality of the people of this great city".