“assess the impact of recent changes in the financial and property markets..”

Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister, the DUP’s Arlene Foster, is on a seven day Trade and Investment Mission to the USA to follow up on the investment conference in May.. And good luck with that, minister.. Meanwhile the Department of Finance is reported to have suspended the procurement stage of Workplace 2010 until early 2009 amid speculation that the two bidding companies may merge. They’ve been evaluating those bids since April this year. From the BBC report.

A spokesman for the department said the suspension would give them “time to assess the impact of recent changes in the financial and property markets”. “The minister continues to affirm the importance of the Workplace 2010 principles, and the NICS remains committed to creating a modern, flexible working environment that will enable the delivery of better public services,” he said. The department said that both bidders were in agreement with the move.