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Growing a new business partnership

14 November 2017


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is the latest local authority to become a Corporate member of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber).

NI Chamber is one of the region’s largest business organisations, providing a wide range of support services to over 1,200 members from across Northern Ireland. Its Corporate membership base represents the leading companies who are helping drive the development of the economy.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has 3,685 registered businesses in its area which accounts for 5 per cent of all businesses in Northern Ireland.

The Borough is home to world-class companies such as Randox, Mivan and Sensata Technologies. 

It also boasts Antrim Castle Gardens, a unique setting which has over 500,000 visitors a year and is also the venue for high status events such as Garden Show Ireland, Ulster Pipe Band Championships and Enchanted Winter Gardens.

Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber, said: “NI Chamber is delighted to welcome Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council as a Corporate member.  Partnership is at the heart of everything we do at NI Chamber.  We are driven by our mission to help our members grow and capitalise on opportunities and we have ambitious aims that can only be achieved by working with others.

“By using the wide range of services offered by NI Chamber, the Council can be assured of making connections from which it can benefit and develop working relationships with other members in an environment where their paths would not cross otherwise.

“We look forward to driving business growth in the Borough and providing support for business development in the area.”

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill, said: “I am very pleased that the Council has become a corporate member of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry at this particular time. The Council has just commissioned a new economic development strategy for the Borough and our alliance with the NI Chamber will help ensure that everything we do going forward to support the local economy is well aligned with the needs and expectations of our businesses.”