Concentrix/Allstate: Belfast Headquarters

Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 14th April 2015.

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Photo of Ian Milne Ian Milne Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 14th April 2015

T6. Mr Milne asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for her assessment of the importance to the economy of plans by Concentrix and Allstate to build and develop their new headquarters in Belfast. (AQT 2346/11-15)

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

Allstate and Concentrix are two very important foreign direct investors in Northern Ireland. I met senior teams from both of those organisations recently, and I am aware that both organisations have plans for expansion in Belfast and both have recently submitted planning applications for new development that will be in front of the new Belfast council. I hope that they will be able to develop in the way in which they have said that they want to.

Photo of Ian Milne Ian Milne Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. Mo bhuíochas leis an Aire as a freagraí go dtí seo. Thank you, Minister. Do you believe that that development will result in more really well paid jobs?

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

I certainly know that Allstate and Concentrix have ambitious plans. They want to be on the former Maysfield Leisure Centre site in a few months' time. Both of those companies want to be on the site because they have plans for expansion in the future, and I think that we should very much welcome that. We should also hope that Belfast council will work with both of those companies to make sure that the plans go ahead.