13 March 2015

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Open Letter from Business Community to OFMDFM (Northern Ireland)

An open letter has been sent to the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland on 12 March 2015 from all the main business organisations in the Province.

Open Letter from Business Community to OFMDFM (Northern Ireland)

OPEN LETTER

First Minister and deputy First Minister

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Stormont Castle

Belfast BT4 3TT

12 March 2015                                                        

Dear First Minister and deputy First Minister

The emergence earlier this week of the problem of reconciling views on the issue of welfare reform has, we believe, placed us at another crossroads in Northern Ireland’s progress towards a better future for all.

The commitment of the business community to grow the private sector and create tens of thousands of jobs for everyone remains undimmed. However, delivery of lower Corporation Tax is fundamental to achieving these outcomes.  Hence the reason to come together to speak with one voice on this matter.

We recognise that there is no ducking the lower levels of public expenditure that face us. The business community is ready to sit down with all the stakeholders today to focus on the hard work required to create thousands more jobs and to build our businesses into world class enterprises.

We strongly encourage our political parties to come to an urgent solution so that we can all move forward together.

Signed

Colin Walsh, Chair, CBI Northern Ireland

Kevin Kingston, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Paul Terrington, Chairman, Institute of Directors

Wilfred Mitchell, Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Correspondence to:

Nigel Smyth, Director, CBI Northern Ireland

CBI 

2nd Floor, Hamilton House

3 Joy Street

Belfast BT2 8LE

Tel:  028 9010 1100

E:Nigel Smyth 

www.cbi.org.uk/ni