Realising Strabane's potential 'can help transform north west'

Pictured at Friday's event in the Fir Trees (L–R): Declan Curry, MC; Kieran Kennedy; Paul Clancy, Derry Chamber; Alde Graham Warke; Stephen Lomas, Allstate NI; Aidan O’Kane Derry Chamber.

REALISING the potential of Strabane could help transform the north west's economy, business leaders have said.

Friday's ‘Succeed North West' event in the Co Tyrone town heard from former O'Neills boss Kieran Kennedy, who spoke of the “abundance of potential” in the area.

Mr Kennedy, who also sits on the board of Invest NI, spoke of the “spirit, drive, and ambition of entrepreneurs” in the area.

Speaking afterwards, the chief Executive of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, Paul Clancy, said: “Strabane has significant untapped potential which, when fulfilled, will bring growth, transformation and revitalization to the town and the wider north west."

He said projects, including the proposed redevelopment of the North West Regional College's campus in Strabane, could become key pillars of the town's regeneration.

“We are on the cusp of something great in the north west, something which can benefit businesses, workers and families across the region. Looking forward, I would encourage any growing business to consider investing in Strabane, and to join the thriving, supportive, and prosperous business community present here.”

‘Succeed North West' was organized by Derry Chamber in partnership with Invest NI; North West Regional College; Ulster University; the Western Trust; and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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