Enterprise Minister addresses OCCI

Enterprise Minister and Chief Economist Address Omagh Chamber of Commerce

Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a Business and Networking Lunch, kindly sponsored by PwC, on Wednesday 13th April in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh. The Guest Speakers at the event were Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, supported by Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC’s Chief Economist in Northern Ireland and the topic addressed was “help for local companies.” The event was attended by 60 Chamber Members and guests from a wide spectrum of the business community who spoke highly of both presentations and the fantastic opportunity to network with other businesses in the area.

Arlene Foster commented, “I welcome the opportunity to discuss the issues affecting small business in the Omagh area. Over the last four years the DUP has placed the economy as the number one priority in Government at Stormont. Since the return of devolution the Northern Ireland Executive has introduced a small rates relief scheme, froze non domestic regional rates for 3 years, capped manufacturing rates at 30% and introduced funding packages through Invest NI to help small businesses survive the economic downturn. I hope that the new Assembly will continue to support small businesses which are backbone of the Northern Ireland economy.”

PwC’s Fergal McCann said this type of event is of great interest to the local business community, “It’s a credit to Omagh Chamber that we had an enjoyable and informative event with such a representation of individuals from the across the business community. It provided a great forum for those who wish to contribute to the debate on developments related to the local economy and policy making, and learn about opportunities relevant to their own business.”

Loraine Griffin, President of Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Industry says, “We are delighted to have hosted another Business and Networking Lunch which has provided an excellent opportunity for members and guests to network with many other local businesses. It was also a privilege to be able to welcome such distinguished guests as Arlene Foster and Dr Esmond Birnie to speak at this event. Of course none of this would have been possible without the very kind support from PwC who have kindly sponsored the event.”

If anyone is interested in more information you can contact Omagh Chamber of Commerce at;

Omagh Enterprise Centre,
Great Northern Road,
Omagh,
Co. Tyrone, BT78 5LU
Tel: 028 82 249 494
Email: admin@omaghchamber.com
Web: www.omaghchamber.com