Omagh Enterprise Company Scheme Praised At Stormont

The business start-up support offered at Omagh Enterprise Company was acknowledged on the floor of the Stormont chamber this week.

It was also revealed a data analyst to cover the Tyrone and Fermanagh area will shortly be appointed to assist the ‘smart region’ philosophy for the future.

West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff highlighted the success and further opportunities offered by the development of the additional 31 business units at the Gortrush-based facility.

He continued by asking the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster how her department will work with the business community in Omagh to help fill those units and further develop entrepreneurship?

Mrs Foster replied, “One of the exciting things about Omagh Enterprise Centre is that it has direct access to Project Kelvin (superfast fibre-optic broadband). That is a tremendously strong selling point, and it is one of the reasons why Omagh Enterprise, through Nick O’Shiel, is working with Fermanagh, in the person of Martin Maguire, to develop the ‘smart region’ philosophy.

“We hope to appoint a data analyst to cover the south-west region in the near future. That will inform companies that seek to set up of the needs of that area.

“It is an innovative way to look at start-up companies and inward investment. I know that the political parties have been briefed recently on that, and I hope that everybody in the region gets behind that idea, because it is a new way of looking at investment for the south-west region.

“It is about having companies like Omagh Enterprise to really engender an ecosystem for new companies so that they can approach people like Nick O’Sheil for assistance, and he can then signpost them to the appropriate place. I am a big supporter of Omagh Enterprise. They are doing a tremendous job with the facilities that they have, and I will always be pleased to visit.”