Posted on Tuesday 24 June 2014 by Ulster Business

Foster heads to LA to sell NI wares

Pictured on a previous trade mission to San Francisco in 2012 is Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster with, from left to right, Matt Bieber, Quantus; James Romeo, Quantus and Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive Invest NI. During that trade mission software developer Quantus said it was creating 55 new jobs in Belfast.

The Enterprise Minister is in Los Angeles trying to drum up business for Northern Ireland as part of a four-day trade mission to the US west coast.

Arlene Foster will head up a delegation of businesses and organisations who will then travel on to San Diego, San Francisco and Chicago in an attempt to secure business for Northern Ireland exporters while also trying to woo US investors to these shores.

 “Overseas visits are vitally important to our continuing relationships with international investors and trade partners,” the Enterprise Minister said. “As well as meeting existing investors, I will also hold private meetings with potential investors who are either at an early stage of considering Northern Ireland as a potential location, or are close to finalising their plans.

“We have been told numerous times that potential investors appreciate the direct access to Government that these meetings provide and I am confident that my programme of visits this week will produce good results for Northern Ireland.”

As part of the trip, 13 businesses will be exhibiting at San Diego’s BIO International Convention, a global life sciences exhibition.

“By exhibiting at BIO, either on the Invest Northern Ireland stand or by themselves, our companies can reach influential decision makers who come to BIO to discover new players in the industry, form partnerships and evaluate emerging technologies.”


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