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31 October 2016

FSB welcomes Plan to place world class small businesses in Northern Ireland on global map

NORTHERN Ireland’s leading business organisation has welcomed The International Trade Plan, announced earlier today by Economy Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA.

 The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) hailed the plan as a positive move towards securing Northern Ireland, home to world-class small businesses, as a major player in the global economy.

Responding to the news, Roger Pollen, Head of External Affairs, commented:  “FSB welcomes the announcement of the International Trade Plan as a platform on which to increase the amount of SMEs exporting.  Our recent report entitled “Destination Export:  The Small Business Export Landscape” highlighted that there are viable opportunities to increase local trade based on the number of SMEs currently considering exporting.”

 Mr Pollen continued, referring to the Air Routes Task Force to be set up under the International Trade Plan to devise new policies and interventions to improve Northern Ireland’s air connectivity.

 “One of the primary issues that the newly formed Air Routes Task Force must look at is the reduction of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on short-haul flights. The Duty disadvantages Northern Ireland within the UK, in both attracting business links and visitors alike, especially when airlines in the Republic of Ireland don't have to charge this to passengers. FSB welcomes the Task Force and will encourage it to expand opportunities for our businesses and our economy.

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