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McCallister Calls For Clarity On SFP As Budget Crisis Looms

John McCallister MLA, Independent Unionist for South Down, has called on Michelle O’Neill, the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and Arlene Foster, the Minister for Finance and Personnel, to clarify the Executive’s position on the future of Single Farm Payments in light of mixed messages on the Executive’s ability…

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Foster Welcopmes NW200 As A Major Tourism Draw For Northern Ireland

The North West 200 is showcasing Northern Ireland on the international stage, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said. Speaking at the official race launch at Titanic Belfast, Arlene Foster said: “Year after year the NW200 continues to bring massive positive exposure for Northern Ireland on an international…

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Foster Says 2016 Will Be Northern Ireland’s Year Of Food

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today served up a new initiative aimed at giving more tourists an appetite to visit Northern Ireland. Announcing that next year, 2016, will be Northern Ireland’s Year of Food, the Minister called on everyone to get involved in giving visitors a taste of what makes our…

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Foster Says Private Sector Is Leading Economic Recovery

The latest edition of the DETI Economic Commentary, which provides an assessment of local economic conditions, was published today. Noting the recent economic trends, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: “Last year marked a turning point for our economy, and the upturn has been even more marked throughout…

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Foster Encourages Businesses To Expand Their Export Horizons

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has urged more local companies to follow the example of our leading exporters. The Minister was addressing members of the business community at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Export First’ event. Sponsored by Danske Bank, the programme brings together new and aspiring…

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Bailie Says Rural Dwellers Treated As Second Class Citizens With Broadband

Downpatrick area Councillor Naomi Bailie (Sinn Féin) has said that rural dwellers are being treated as second class citizens when it comes to Broadband roll-out. Cllr Bailie, who is a member of Sinn Fein’s Enterprise Advisory Group, was speaking after it was revealed that DETI will not achieve the Programme…

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Foster Says Local Companies Can Benefit From European R&D And Innovation Funding Programmes

Local companies can benefit from European R&D and innovation funding programmes says DETI Minister Arlene Foster. Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Foster today encouraged local companies to get involved in the EU’s financing programme for R&D and innovation. Horizon 2020 will provide nearly €80billion in funding for research and innovation…

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Over 45,000 Premises To Benefit From Broadband Improvement Project

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, has announced details of a major £24.5million investment that will see BT deliver improved broadband technologies and infrastructure across Northern Ireland. The project is specifically targeting premises currently receiving no or very low broadband speeds. Arlene Foster said: “Today’s announcement is a further step…

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75 Jobs Boost For Downpatrick As Finnebrogue Business Expands

ENTERPRISE Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Finnebrogue in Downpatrick is creating 65 new jobs. The new positions, being created with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund, are part of a £3million expansion. Finnebrogue is a specialist in premium quality artisan pork products for major retailers such as Marks…

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Ritchie Says Natural Gas Network Must Be Progressed Urgently

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said that extending the Natural Gas network in South Down would have a positive impact on businesses. Ms Ritchie was speaking after she met with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster at Stormont. She said:  “I very much welcomed the opportunity…

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Foster: Positive Signs On Economy But Still Much To Be Done

The latest edition of the DETI Economic Commentary was published today, which examines the latest economic trends and provides an assessment of local economic conditions. Noting the recent economic trends, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster commented: “Across the world, economies are beginning to post positive growth and we in Northern Ireland are…

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