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Brewing up a storm in London

Brewing up a storm in London

April 19, 2018

Two hundred business people joined Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the Palace of Westminster London yesterday (18 April) as part of the Council’s most intensive programme of investment activity to date.


Brewing up a storm in the Capital City, thirty-five Lisburn Castlereagh businesses met with potential customers and investors in a bid to increase trade and to launch new products.  Speciality food and drink companies taking part in the Council’s first-ever food and drink trade mission to London were also on hand to promote their fine produce to the GB market. 

Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE said:  “Our investment event at Westminster is the biggest to date and this is most certainly a reflection of our ambition.  Hosting this event in the past has paid dividends for the local economy with projects in the pipeline equating to £40million.  We want to get more investment into our area and by going out and selling Lisburn Castlereagh means we are also raising the profile of our local businesses and giving them a platform to grow.”

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, an advocate for Lisburn Castlereagh commented: “With Brexit firmly on everyone’s mind this is the perfect time to shout about Lisburn Castlereagh’s advantageous location on the Belfast-to-Dublin economic corridor.  The area has a proven track record as being an industry powerhouse, from being the centre of the world’s linen industry and now home to multinational and fast growing local businesses and I welcome further investment opportunities throughout the area.”

The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, believes that: “A lot of developments are concentrated in our capital city yet we neighbour Belfast and this can only be viewed as an advantage for investors.  There is an air of confidence in our local economy and following on from the INTU announcement last week proposing an investment of £50million into Sprucefield Retail Park, there’s never been a better time to look at Lisburn Castlereagh.”

Summing up the investment programme in London Chief Executive, Dr. Theresa Donaldson said: “This has been an extremely successful visit to London for the Council with a number of events celebrating our vast tourism potential with the reopening of Hillsborough Castle, promoting our unique location for investment and moving one step closer to ensuring Lisburn Castlereagh is Northern Ireland’s newest and hottest culinary destination.  The Council will work with great vigour in securing investment and getting our area firmly on the map for investment.”

For more information on the investment opportunities for Lisburn Castlereagh visit: or contact the Investment Team on: 028 9244 7484