Irish Times and InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

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

When you see that, out of 155 applications, only 24 were from Northern Ireland companies, it tells us that there is a problem, not just in Belfast but across Northern Ireland. The issue for me — I hope that the ETI Committee will follow it up as well in respect of InterTradeIreland — is how we can make the scheme more attractive for firms to become involved, so that our small companies, as well as those of the Republic of Ireland, get the benefit of the InterTradeIreland innovation awards.