Londonderry’s business community has a key role to play in driving regional economic growth, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has said.
Addressing the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Lunch, the Minister said continued partnership would lay a strong foundation for future prosperity.
He added: “The reform of local government will give councils a greater opportunity to shape how enterprise is supported in their local communities. They will be directly involved in encouraging business start-ups, establishing social enterprises and providing access to enterprise support for under-represented groups.
“Invest Northern Ireland, the Chamber and other local stakeholders have been working with the new council to develop its Integrated Economic Strategy, a strategy that has been co-funded by Invest NI.”
Praising the local business community for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking, the Minister said support was available to help viable ideas become a reality.
Londonderry Chamber President Gerry Kindlon said: “The business community here in the North West want all our politicians to find a way forward. Please understand the urgency with which the business community needs to see it resolved. This year, political instability and currency fluctuations have tempered confidence. No matter how one packages them our employment statistics are still the worst in all the UK.”