Invest NI: East Londonderry

Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 6th February 2012.

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Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP 3:00 pm, 6th February 2012

In the last four years, Invest Northern Ireland has made over 500 offers of support to businesses, bringing total investment in the East Londonderry constituency to £48 million. In addition, 800 new business starts were created in the constituency in the same period. Of course, the last four years has also seen the onset of the economic downturn. A number of measures have been implemented to help our businesses deal with its impact. Most recently, in November 2011, I launched the Boosting Business campaign, which provides a range of support, both financial and advisory, to help businesses cope with the impact of the downturn. A key element of the campaign is the jobs fund, which aims to help boost employment creation in the shorter term. Under the jobs fund, a number of new and existing businesses in East Londonderry have already been supported. You can be assured that Invest Northern Ireland is working hard to identify new projects that will lead to further job creation in the constituency.