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McGahan appeals to DETI Minister to invest in Retail Sector

Published: 26 June, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan is calling on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to help the development and growth of the retail sector in Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Ms McGahan wrote to the Minister Jonathan Bell, raising the issue.

Following the Ministers response, Ms McGahan said,

"A number of retailers have raised their concerns with me recently, particularly those trading in border towns, who would rely heavily on their customers coming from the 26 counties. With the Euro value being so weak, there has been a rapid decline in cross border trading and unfortunately the small, local retailers are feeling the pinch.

"Responding to my written question, the Minster informed me that the Executive's Economic Strategy provides a clear focus for supporting the retail sector and contains a range of actions aimed at revitalising our town centers and making them attractive places to invest, work and live.

"Mr Bell assured me that Invest NI has supported local councils to develop programmes that are open and accessible to retail businesses and they can also avail of Invest NI's wide range of workshops and seminars.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA continues,

"Additionally, the Minister believes there to be a wide range of initiatives available to offer support and guidance to local retailers, such as Invest NI's Business Support Team and nibusinessinfo which, according to Mr Bell, provides a valuable source of business information and signposting to specialist advice for retailers.

"Opportunities for the development and growth of the retail sector promote investment in the local economy and support sustainable job creation and economic growth. Therefore it is in all of our best interests that it is supported and I would appeal to the Minister and his Department to ensure this is carried out." ENDS