European rural development experts come to Willowbank

A group of visitors from Finland and Estonia paid a visit to Willowbank Business Park as part of a rural development scheme hosted by the NE Region of Rural Network NI also pictured are Ken Nelson from Ledcom,Tommy Collins member of LAG,Manager of the NE Region Andrew McAlister,Deputy Mayor of Larne Mark McKinty and Chairman of the NE Region Roy Beggs. INLT 41-001-PSB

A group of visitors from Finland and Estonia paid a visit to Willowbank Business Park as part of a rural development scheme hosted by the NE Region of Rural Network NI also pictured are Ken Nelson from Ledcom,Tommy Collins member of LAG,Manager of the NE Region Andrew McAlister,Deputy Mayor of Larne Mark McKinty and Chairman of the NE Region Roy Beggs. INLT 41-001-PSB

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A LARGE group of northern European visitors travelled to LEDCOM’s Willowbank Rural Conference Centre as part of an European Union innovative village study tour of Northern Ireland.

Organised and hosted by the North East Rural Development Programme (NERDP), the group of over 40 Finns and Estonians were in Northern Ireland to consider a wide range of rural development issues and to share good practice.

Willowbank Rural Conference Centre was a project supported by the NERDP, which manages EU rural development funding. At the Larne event, the visitors were welcomed by Larne’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mark McKinty and Alderman Roy Beggs, a member of the NERDP management board.

The group were given a tour of the facility and heard a presentation on LEDCOM’s economic development work by chief executive, Ken Nelson.

Mr Nelson said: “We are always delighted to highlight the many positive and progressive initiatives taken to support economic development in Larne.”

NERDP manager Andrew McAlister added: “This was a great opportunity to showcase many excellent rural development projects to our EU colleagues. Networking opportunities such as this help build contacts and exchange good practice which will benefit areas such as Larne for years to come.”