Politicians promote investment

Carla Lockhart at Stormont
Carla Lockhart at Stormont

DUP Carla Lockhart and Upper Bann MP David Simpson have been continuing to promote business in their constituency.

Recently, Carla met with Invest NI Chief Executive Alistair Hamilton bid to maximise opportunities for jobs, and investment across the constituency.

In recent discussions she held with local business a need was identified for a more joined up approach between schools and businesses to ensure students were obtaining qualifications and training to match the needs of various industries.

She said, “I want to thank the Chief Executive for taking the time to meet with me. I put forward the case for Upper Bann and the need for further investment in the area for job creation. I also highlighted the areas where I see there to be a skills deficit and in particular that connectivity between schools and business.

“It is imperative we encourage and nurture new business and entrepreneurs to give them the courage and financial backing to take that leap of faith and ensure the right programmes are in place to support this.

“We have some great industry and we need to continue discussions with them about how we can assist them in growing their business and investment in infrastructure and local supply chains for them to expand without the need of costly importation.”

Meanwhile, Mr Simpson attended a recent meeting of Portadown Chamber of Commerce and praised members for their continued efforts in supporting the local economy.

“I welcomed the opportunity to engage with the local Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting,” he said.

“The enthusiasm and commitment from local businesses for continued growth in the Portadown area is to be admired.

“There is a broad representation of local businesses that allows for a fair understanding of the positives and negatives facing our local economy. My commitment remains in town centre growth and support for local businesses all of which are still facing hefty rates bills, parking restrictions and lengthy road and pedestrian works which negatively impact town centre shopping.

“I was impressed by the bold investment plans and look forward to a productive partnership on delivery for the traders, shoppers and the community as a whole.”