Call for all-Ireland inward investment body…

THE chairman of the Ulster Bank Group, Dr Alan Gillespie, has called for a merger between the two inward investment promoters – Northern Ireland’s Invest NI and the Republic’s Industrial Development Agency. The former chairman of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board (Invest NI’s predecessor) said: “I believe that to market Northern Ireland effectively we should align the inward investment marketing activities of Invest Northern Ireland (INI) with the Republic of Ireland’s IDA. We should promote an all-island economy through a single joined-up effective agency, with the IDA and INI no longer competitors, but fully collaborative.”