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Invest NI appoints regional manager in Spain

Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton and Simon Manley, CMG, British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Invest NI has announced the appointment of a new regional manager based in Madrid
Gareth McKeown

INVEST NI is increasing its international presence through the appointment of a new regional manager based in Madrid, Spain.

The new role will be based in the British Embassy and will identify new business opportunities for Northern Ireland companies and encourage trade between the two countries.

The announcement came as Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton visited Madrid to meet Simon Manley, CMG, British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and Conor McGurk, Director of the Department for International Trade (DIT).

“Spain is the 12th largest economy in the world and represents significant opportunities for ambitious Northern Ireland businesses," Mr Hamilton said.

“Northern Ireland exports to Spain have increased from £110.1m in 2015/16 to £141.3m in 2016/17, an increase of 28 per cent. With an increased presence in this region we are confident we can build on this and it is for this reason we have chosen Spain as one of our new international locations."

"Our food and drink products are in high demand across Spain with over 30 Northern Ireland companies now exporting to this market including Irwin's Bakery in Craigavon and White's in Tandragee whose products are on the shelves of El Corte Ingles, one of Europe's most respected retailers," he added.

nvest NI has already announced new offices in Chile, Singapore, Doha and Canada as part of its longstanding strategic focus on assisting companies to export to new markets

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