West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Invest NI working with 6 businesses on Strabane Business Park location

Published: 7 May, 2013

L-R: Cllr Dan Kelly; Cllr Jay Mc Cauley; Mary Gormley, Manager of Invest NI's Western Regional Office: Alistair Hamilton CEO Invest NI; Michaela Boyle MLA; Pat Doherty MP; Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh; Cllr Kieran Mc Guire

L-R: Cllr Dan Kelly; Cllr Jay Mc Cauley; Mary Gormley, Manager of Invest NI's Western Regional Office: Alistair Hamilton CEO Invest NI; Michaela Boyle MLA; Pat Doherty MP; Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh; Cllr Kieran Mc Guire

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has described as 'extremely positive' confirmation that Invest NI is now working closely with 6 businesses to progress their expressions of interest in acquiring land at the new 40 acre Business Park at Melmount Road in Strabane.

She said,

"From 2006, Sinn Féin spearheaded a campaign to get the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to redress shortage of available industrial land in Strabane and the development of a new 40acre Business Park was the outcome with 19 acres of serviced sites now ready for inward investment/business expansion projects.

"A Sinn Féin delegation, led by Pat Doherty and myself, met with Invest NI Chief Executive Alistair Hamilton at Strabane District Council Offices in early March to press the body to ensure that it was doing everything possible to maximize the investment potential of the new Business Park.

"At this meeting, Alastair Hamilton assured us that Invest NI was proactively marketing the Park to both foreign and indigenous investors as an investment location and that the body was, at that stage, dealing with expressions of interest from the Agri-food, Manufacturing and IT sectors.

"I contacted Alastair Hamilton once again at the end of last month seeking an update on the how these expressions of interest were progressing and he confirmed that Invest NI had received formal interests from six businesses and would be continuing to work closely with them over the coming months to develop these further.

"I would view this confirmation as an extremely positive indication that we should soon see the benefit of this infrastructure being put in place through inward investment, business expansion and most crucially the creation of new jobs.