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Extension to business centre to create 70 jobs in West Belfast

Published on:  02 Oct 2006

A substantial extension to Glenwood Business Park, aiming to create 70 jobs in Poleglass was opened today, Monday 2nd October by Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Denis Rooney, Noel Lavery, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Alderman Edwin Poots, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee.

The £1.75m investment, which will create over 20,000 sq ft of additional workspace for the ICT and Food Technology sectors is promoted by Glenwood Enterprises and received part funding from the International Fund for Ireland, the European Regional Development fund administered through DETI, and Lisburn City Council.

Speaking at the official opening, International Fund for Ireland Chairman
Dennis Rooney said, “Creating the conditions within which business opportunities can flourish has been a key area of activity for the Fund.  We are very pleased, therefore, to have been able to support Glenwood Enterprises in providing this much needed additional workspace to accommodate new and expanding businesses which will bring further social and economic benefits to the Poleglass area."

Deputy Secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Noel Lavery said, “This development exemplifies the important contribution that European funding is making to the economic revitalisation of disadvantaged communities. It underpins one of my Department’s core aims to help create successful indigenous enterprises that will provide both economic wealth and confidence within communities and encourage entrepreneurship.”

“The record of Glenwood Enterprises is one to be proud of and this development will provide further assistance in confronting the economic challenges faced experienced by this area.”
Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Edwin Poots added “Lisburn City Council recognises that small business is big business locally and therefore the provision of quality managed workspace is vital, with the Council having a key role in providing this.  Providing the type of premises which meet the needs of growing SME’s such as the new workspace development at Glenwood Business Centre will not only encourage the formation and development of local businesses, but will ensure the long term growth of these businesses, maximising opportunities for new investment and new job creation in the area.”

The Chairman of Glenwood Enterprises, Mr Garry Cullen concluded “Glenwood Business Centre has been supporting small businesses in the Poleglass, Twinbrook and Lagmore areas for over twenty years.  We recognised the need to provide the local indigenous start-ups with a progression route to larger premises to assist their development, create greater employment opportunities, attract investment opportunities and strengthen the local economy of West Belfast particularly in an area that experiences high levels of social and economic deprivation.

We welcome the assistance from our funders who have kept faith with our mission to support local businesses and local employment.”

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