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Entrepreneurial spirit celebrated at £1m Dungannon opening

Published on:  13 Sep 2006

An opening with a difference took place today, Wednesday 13th September as a new phase of Dungannon Enterprise Centre, which offers businesses £1m of extended workspace was officially opened with the theme of ‘Dungannon Enterprise Centre – You Don’t Know the Half of It.’

Guests at the event were treated to a multi-media presentation including an interactive quiz to test their knowledge of the history of local enterprise. Actors entertained those attending with a special visit from a representative of the Office of Half Measures, to help tell the true story of the Enterprise Centre and what this new exciting phase of development means for the local area.

The new facility has been designed by Dungannon Enterprise Centre to accommodate the growth of young businesses in the area. Situated at Dungannon Business Park on the Coalisland Road, the extended space comprises 15,000 sq ft to house 5 units, ideal for light manufacturing and industrial use. 

This new phase of development of the Enterprise Centre was supported by the International Fund for Ireland and the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment. (PEACE II Measure 1.1A)

Established over 15 years ago, Dungannon Enterprise Centre has been operating as the Local Enterprise Agency for Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council area, and is now financially self-sufficient. The additional workspace has been created out of identification of the absence of a progression route for small enterprises that are accommodated in the business centre.

As a symbol of the value Dungannon Enterprise Centre places on locally based entrepreneurs, Mervyn Wilson, who started Starplan over 20 years ago was asked to officially open the new phase at Dungannon Enterprise Park.

Speaking at the official opening, Alexander Smith, Joint Director General, International Fund for Ireland said, “Today’s opening has proven that the entrepreneurial spirit is well and truly alive in Dungannon with great entertainment provided in celebration of the new development. The Fund is delighted to have been able to assist with the construction of five new units of workspace in Dungannon Enterprise Centre as further to our support of each phase of the development over the past 16 years.  We are confident this will have a major impact on job creation in the local area and it is hoped the centre will act as a stimulus for further economic development in Dungannon.”

Speaking at the official opening, Eddie McVeigh, Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland said, “I am pleased that the EU Peace II programme has been able to assist Dungannon Enterprise Agency with its plans for business development and economic regeneration in the Dungannon area.  The project demonstrates the important contribution that EU funding is making to the building of a peaceful and prosperous society in Northern Ireland.”

Doreen Winter, Chairperson of Dungannon Enterprise Centre welcomed the opening of phase four. “As Chairperson of Dungannon Enterprise Centre I am proud to open phase four of our modern business complex which will accommodate businesses in the local area and hopefully create over 35 jobs for local people. On behalf of the board I would like to thank everyone involved in this project which we hope will create the space for the continued growth of local entrepreneurs investing in and staying in the area.”

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