Lisburn Chamber hosted a visit by the Economy Minister, Diane Dodds to Lisburn city centre on April 23rd.
The Minister was welcomed to the city by Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and took the opportunity to meet with a number of Chamber members, Smyth Patterson, Greens of Lisburn and Geek Retreat.
“This has been a difficult time for many traders and businesses across Northern Ireland,” said the Minister.
“However, we are turning a corner. While we still have some ground to cover to return to complete normality, today’s reopening of close contact services and other easements of restrictions such as the re-opening of outdoor visitor attractions and activity centres is another positive next step towards better days ahead. Northern Ireland is now in a much better place than it was three months ago and we should keep looking forward. It is my priority to drive economic recovery and the re-opening of all business is so important to achieving this. Of course, every one of us can play our part in making this happen. It is important that anyone availing of these services from today adheres to the guidance to ensure a safe as well as an enjoyable experience. I know men and women up and down the country have been counting the days until they could get their hair done! So, it is wonderful to see these services back.”
Speaking after the visit, Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: “I was delighted to welcome the Economy Minister to Lisburn city centre last Friday morning, which was the day on which close contact services such as hairdressers and beauty salons were able to open. During her visit she met with a number of business representatives and was able to hear first-hand the challenges our local businesses are faced with at this time. She also had a briefing by myself and the Chamber of Commerce and this obviously was very useful in acquainting the Minister with the difficulties and the opportunities that exist at this time.
I was particularly pleased that the Minister visited a new businesses such as Geek Retreat opening shortly in Lisburn Square. I think this is a sign that whilst there has been a number of difficulties in the past year, people are still willing to invest in Lisburn and see the opportunities presented by the city. I will be following up with this visit and having further discussions about the support Mrs Dodd’s Department can provide to local businesses.”