NI is Open for Business Despite Political Situation - Retail NI Message at Conservative Conference

Glyn Roberts with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the Conservative Party Conference today

Speaking at the DUP Reception at the Conservative party conference, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts urged immediate action from theGovernment on the Primark fire.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and other Cabinet Ministers attended the reception at Birmingham.

Glyn Roberts said:

“Despite our political difficulties at Stormont, Northern Ireland is still very much open for business. 

“Retail NI wants Northern Ireland to be the best place in the UK to shop, socialise and to start or locate a busines

“Our joint New Deal report that we recently launched at Westminster with the Secretary of State sets out how we can achieve this ambition with a rebooted economic policy for Northern Ireland.”

“We believe that redistributing the money originally earmarked for Corporation Tax to be reinvested into skills, infrastructure and supporting struggling small businesses.

“Rates reform is absolutely critical to the future of the economy. Many small traders that we represent are struggling to pay their rate bills and we are calling for the largest ever rate relief of £100 million to support our town and city centres and to ensure small business owners can reinvest more of their own money into growing their business and employing more staff”

“We welcome that the City Deal for Belfast has been submitted to Government as this has the potential to create over 20,000 new jobs”

“Retail NI wants to see our rural towns get a fair deal from Government and that is why we are calling for a Rural Town Infrastructure Investment Fund to ensure our towns and villages are not left behind”

“Following the Primark fire, Belfast City Centre is facing its greatest crisis since The Troubles. Over a thousand jobs and over two dozen businesses are at risk.

“We urgently need a city centre rejuvenation fund in place to prevent this from happening”

- Attached picture shows Glyn Roberts with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the Conservative Party Conference today

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