South Antrim MP William McCrea welcomed the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to Newtownabbey on Thursday, November 28.
Dr McCrea said he was “absolutely delighted” that Theresa Villiers MP had accepted his invitation to visit Antrim Hills Spring Water, based on the Irish Hill Road near Ballyclare, and Randox Laboratories in Crumlin.
“I am indebted to the management and staff of both companies for facilitating our visit and enabling the Secretary of State to see at first hand the potential that exists for economic growth and development, not only locally and nationally, but also on a global scale.
“Antrim Hills has recently secured a business agreement with Shanghai in China for its unique Artesian spring water and Randox currently exports to over 127 countries worldwide,” he explained.
“This was a vital opportunity to showcase the best that South Antrim has to offer and I wish the Secretary of State a speedy return to the local area and commend her for the enthusiasm with which she embraced today’s visit,” the DUP man added.