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Funding agreed to extend business programme to help create jobs

A business development programme, which has already helped to create 46 new jobs in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas, is to be extended.

The new council decided at its monthly meeting this week that the Business Engagement Programme, will be funded for a further three months.

DUP Councillor Philip Moutray, commenting at a meeting of the economic development and regeneration committee, said small to medium sized enterprises should be encouraged to take part.

He said it was great to see that 159 local businesses had already participated and that 46 jobs had been created.

In response to an enquiry from Sinn Fein Councillor Garath Keating, councillors were informed that the programme had been advertised in the press and by word of mouth, so that all eligible businesses could avail of the chance to take part.

UUP Councillor Sam Nicholson said he was fully supportive of this “invaluable service”.

It was agreed that the programme would be funded for a further three months at a cost of £46,525.

At the same time, additional funding will be sought for the continuation of the project through the EDRF Investment for Jobs and Growth programme.

The programme will be extended across the whole council borough.

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