An extension to Enniskillen Business Centre that could create up to 15 new jobs was officially launched today (29th March 2007) by Denis Rooney, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland.
Situated in Lackaghaboy Industrial Estate, the new £839K extension is the third phase in a series of investments by Local Enterprise Agency, Fermanagh Enterprise Limited and will create a high specification office block of 7,817 sq ft, offering 14 new offices and 3 specialist industrial units.
The project is being assisted by the International Fund for Ireland which is contributing £343,000 to the scheme and Fermanagh District Council, which is donating £250,000 co-funded through the European Regional Development Fund under the Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme. The remaining funding is being raised by Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd.
Fermanagh Enterprise Limited was set up in 1985 to promote employment and assist with the economic regeneration in Fermanagh area through the promotion and support of the small business sector and the provision of affordable workspace units for start-up and established businesses. Indeed last year alone, the Agency assisted 202 Business Starts in Fermanagh, creating 364 jobs, the highest number in any District Council area outside of Belfast and Derry
The new building, which is expected to be complete by October 2007, will bring the total number of workspace units in Enniskillen Business Centre to 65 with the potential to employ over 150 people.
Speaking at the official launch, Denis Rooney, said, “Creating conditions where businesses can flourish has been a key area of activity for the Fund. The Board of Enniskillen Business Centre has already shown that enterprise can be nurtured through the provision of affordable workspace. I am positive that this new expansion will act as a catalyst for increased investment in the area and will stimulate the growth of both new and established businesses.
“The International Fund for Ireland has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd since it was established in 1985 and we are delighted to be here again to give our wholehearted support to the group.”
Vice Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Bert Johnston, said: “The Council is delighted to support this initiative. Having one of the highest rates of business start ups in Northern Ireland it is essential workspace is provided to facilitate the growth of these small businesses - the lifeblood of our local economy.”
John Treacy Agency Manager added, ‘Once again we are indebted to the package of support which we have received from Fermanagh District Council and the International Fund for Ireland. Without this a community organisation such as ourselves would be unable to raise the finance which is required to implement a project of this nature. We do have a substantial track record in providing a supportive environment for new and growing businesses and we know this investment will pay long term dividends within the Fermanagh Economy for many years and generations to come’
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