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Mayor Visits MS Ireland

22 October 2015

Alistair Law (Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council), Alan Dawson (Manager MS Ireland), Mayor Councillor Thomas Hogg & Moira Loughran (Invest NI Regional Manager).


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, paid a visit to Nutt’s Corner business MS Ireland who recently moved into new premises at the John Barr Cars showroom on the Dundrod Road.

Managing Director Alan Dawson said;

“We have recently expanded into new premises on the back of continued sales growth and market development, and we are convinced that the help and assistance that we received as a result of our participation in the Raising Finance programme has been key in this.”

The Raising Finance programme, which was supported by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, finished in January 2015. Almost 60 small businesses across the North East region benefitted from one-to-one mentoring and specialist financial advice and guidance that was given to eligible businesses through the programme.

A new round of business development programmes is planned for 2016, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg is keen that local businesses take advantage of future opportunities.

He said, “MS Ireland has proved that it is possible for local businesses to grow successfully even in the face of the most challenging financial circumstances. I am delighted to see that Council has been able to support small businesses like this to consolidate and grow by helping to promote tailored and relevant business programmes, and we look forward to helping more businesses in the future.”

Moira Loughran, Invest NI’s Regional Manager added: “Raising Finance was a beneficial programme for many businesses and it is encouraging that MS Ireland took the advice and assistance on board to help drive the business forward.”