South Antrim DUP Member of Parliament Dr William McCrea has praised the resilience demonstrated by local businesses in the face of current economic adversity.
Dr McCrea made his comments as he addressed over 80 people attending a business breakfast organised in support of the charity, MindWise, at the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick, on Friday, June 22.
Guest speakers at the event included Finance Minister Sammy Wilson MP MLA and MEP Diane Dodds who referred to her latest funding publication ‘Signposts to Funding for Businesses’ which has been compiled to assist SME’s to draw down vital funding from Europe.
Dr McCrea MP said: “I was delighted that Diane was able to take time out from her busy schedule to join us for this occasion as her new publication outlines key funding opportunities for Northern Ireland’s business community. I am aware that those businesses represented at Friday’s event each received a copy of the publication which contains a practical section on how to get started with European funding and identifies sources of financial support.
“One of the key points made by Diane during her speech was that so many of the potential funding sources identified have never been accessed by Northern Ireland businesses, and I would encourage local firms to give serious consideration to the information which has been provided to them. The Finance Minister whilst appreciating the many difficulties and challenges that local businesses have to overcome in order to remain economically viable, also focused on the positive and it was encouraging to have such a wide range of businesses drawn from across the constituency represented at Friday’s event. This year proceeds from the event will go to the charity MindWise to directly benefit their Supporting Housing Service which is operational in both Antrim and Ballyclare.
“I was delighted that their regional manager, Jackie McCaughey, and Trustee, Tom Beare, were able to join us for the occasion, and I do hope that the contribution from the local business community will go some way towards raising awareness of the issue of mental illness and the support that is available within the local area.”