Business breakfast for East Antrim DUP team

Arlene Foster MLA; Sammy Wilson MP MLA; Councillor Paul Reid; Councillor Gordon Lyons; Councillor  Gregg McKeen,and  Alastair Ross MLA.  INCT 47-722-CON
Arlene Foster MLA; Sammy Wilson MP MLA; Councillor Paul Reid; Councillor Gordon Lyons; Councillor Gregg McKeen,and Alastair Ross MLA. INCT 47-722-CON

The tourism potential of East Antrim was on the agenda during a DUP business breakfast at the Curran Court Hotel in Larne.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster MLA was guest speaker at the event, which was hosted by a Sammy Wilson MP MLA, David Hilditch MLA and Alastair Ross MLA.

Graham Keddie, chief executive, Belfast International Airport; Arlene Foster MLA; Sammy Wilson MP MLA; Alastair Ross MLA, and Alan Whiteside, Belfast International Airport.  INCT 47-723-CON

Graham Keddie, chief executive, Belfast International Airport; Arlene Foster MLA; Sammy Wilson MP MLA; Alastair Ross MLA, and Alan Whiteside, Belfast International Airport. INCT 47-723-CON

Speaking after the event, Mr Wilson said, “This event was a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to come together, share their experiences of doing business in these challenging economic times and to hear first-hand from the Minister about what her department is doing to support the local economy.

“The Minister highlighted the importance of rebalancing our economy from the public to the private sector and looked to companies such as FG Wilson who have faced difficulties and yet through strategic planning have managed to remain successful and continue to grow their business share.

“Minister Foster also discussed the tourism potential of East Antrim and stated that she was looking forward to the completion of The Gobbins path and hoped that it would increase visitor numbers to the area.”

Mr Wilson added: “Schemes such as Small Business Rate Relief have meant that a vast number of small to medium enterprises have been able to prosper during these times of austerity.

“The DUP are committed to supporting the economy and I am delighted to see so many local companies represented at the breakfast this morning. I know I speak for my colleagues; David Hilditch MLA and Alastair Ross MLA, in saying that our doors are open to any business in East Antrim who requires assistance, guidance or support and I would encourage business owners to get in touch if we can be of any help.”