A new business support programme aimed at connecting local SMEs, community groups and individuals with new business opportunities in the energy sector was launched at an event in Mossley Mill recently.
Moira Loughran, Invest NI’s North Eastern Regional Manager, encouraged new and existing businesses in Newtownabbey to take advantage of the North East Sustainable Energy Supply Chain Programme.
“Northern Ireland is currently seeing a very significant investment in the renewable and sustainable energy sector from international as well as local companies, including offshore and onshore wind, marine energy, biomass, anaerobic digestion, oil, gas and underground gas storage. We want to make sure that our indigenous businesses, from across all sectors and of all sizes, have a chance to benefit from this investment. That is what this programme is about and I hope as many companies as possible will get involved,” she said.
Companies taking part in the Invest NI and EU funded programme will receive tailored support to help them avail of opportunities to supply into the energy sector. This will include help to understand the size and type of opportunities available, but could also include marketing or technical support, or even advice on research and development. Two further key features of the programme are ‘Meet the Buyer’ events and ‘Best Practice’ visits.
Seonaid Rooney from Newtownabbey Council said the programme is a collaboration between six local councils and Invest NI.
“We work with our colleagues across the North East region to offer a range of business support programmes and I think this is one of the most exciting and relevant to date. We can all see the potential of sustainable and renewable energy to be a driver of economic growth both locally and across Northern Ireland. As a local council we want to support the Newtownabbey business community in plugging into that network,” she commented.
For more information log on to www.energynortheast.org