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Invest NI launches Australia office

Invest Northern Ireland is to increase its presence in Australia with a new regional manager to be based in Sydney. Pictured are Michael Ward, British Consul General, Peter Hendrikssen, and Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI
Gareth McKeown

INVEST NI has expanded its international presence through the opening of a new office in Australia.

As part of Invest NI's commitment to grow local exports the business development agency has appointed a new regional manager to be based in Sydney.

The announcement comes as chief executive Alastair Hamilton leads a trade mission, with 13 local companies to Australia this week.

“The Australian market offers Northern Ireland companies exciting opportunities to grow their exports. The latest figures from HMRC show that in the 12 months between July 2016 and June 2017 Northern Ireland manufacturing exports to the Asia Pacific region increased by 19 per cent to £761million with exports to Australia accounting for £105 million of this," Mr Hamilton said.

“Northern Ireland companies including Mallaghan Engineering, Mivan Marine, CDE Global and NC Engineering are great examples of companies already successfully exporting to this region. To build on this and support our businesses in this market we are opening a new office in Sydney.”

Australia is the eighth location to be announced as part of Invest NI's commitment to expand its international presence and Peter Hendrikssen has been appointed as the new regional manager. He will be based at the British Consulate-General in Sydney and have a specific focus on helping businesses increase exports across Australia and New Zealand.

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