£1.8m Lisburn jobs park opens as 'entrepreneurial spirit remains high'

Aisling Owens, chief executive of Lisburn Enterprise Organisation

LISBURN Enterprise Organisation's new £1.8m accommodation block has just opened, with chief executive Aisling Owens claiming the uncertainty over Brexit has failed to dampen Northern Ireland's entrepreneurial spirit.

More than half of the 10,000 square feet additional space which can facilitate up to 26 businesses, has already been secured.

It brings to 130 the number of businesses being served from the site at the city's Enterprise Crescent, providing 450 jobs.

IT companies, as well as firms linked to the creative industries, are among the new licensees who have been handed keys.

Two are brand new businesses who begin trading next month, a time when entrepreneurs are 10 per cent more likely to start up compared to any other part of the year, according to research.

However getting their strategy and objectives right from the off is absolutely critical, according to Ms Owens.

She said: “The biggest mistake people make preparing for the future is that they identify what they want, but don't give enough thought to how they are going to achieve that goal.

“We want to see local businesses succeed, and thrive, which is why we want to give the best advice to individuals taking their first steps into the world of business, and assist entrepreneurs, and business owners, achieve their commercial objectives.

“It can be a daunting experience, but the entrepreneurial spirit remains good, probably as good as it's ever been in spite of all the uncertainty posed by Brexit, and the ambition, the determination, and the innovation of these people never ceases to amaze.”

The new development is the first since the opening of the administration block eight years ago.

LEO, a registered charity, was set up in 1990 with the aim of promoting an entrepreneurial culture as well as encouraging enterprise and economic regeneration in the Lisburn area.

It works closely with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, has strong links with the education sector, as well as offering advice and practical support through various enterprise programmes.

Ms Owens added: “There are many benefits of running your own business. You're your own boss. You have the pleasure of providing others with a job.

"Of course there are risks involved, but you'll also have the drive and motivation to stand on your own two feet, and shape the way you want to work.”

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