Theresa Villiers in London to promote investment in North of Ireland
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Theresa Villiers in London to promote investment in North of Ireland

NORTHERN Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will promote the potential benefits of investing in the North at a reception in London today. 

She will address an audience of property professionals, along with senior business and property executives from Belfast, at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) headquarters in Parliament Square.

The pitch will focus on the relative costs of locating in Belfast, where office rents are regarded very competitive when compared to other cities in the UK.

RICS Northern Ireland director Ben Collins said: “RICS is a global body with members in senior positions in the property sector around the world, so we are using our network to help communicate the benefits of investing in Northern Ireland to a range of influential people.

“Senior RICS members from Northern Ireland involved with commercial property will have the opportunity to meet with potential investors and site locators based in London and the South East.

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“Not only is Northern Ireland competitive in terms of operating costs, it also has an excellent skills base, excellent universities and the potential for corporation tax rates to be lowered.

“This is the message that we will be putting across to those attending the reception.”

John Healy, director at Citi in Belfast, and Declan Flynn, managing director of commercial property agency Lisney NI, will be among those addressing the event.