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Patton subcontractors at Assembly to lobby Assembly MLAs

12 November, 2012

Subcontractors affected by Pattons in Ballymena going into administration will be at the Assembly on Monday to meet with senior officials in DETI and Invest NI. They will also be meeting with MLAs to outline the difficult situation that many companies now find themselves in. 

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay who has arranged the meetings has said that there is an onus on the Enterprise Minister and Invest NI to take urgent measures to try and secure the future of the jobs that have been put at risk by Pattons going into administration last week.Mr McKay said:

"The impact of Pattons going into administration has been huge and has hit both suppliers and sub-contractors in particular. Some sub-contractors will be able to subsume this debt whilst others are in need of support and advice as to how they can deal with this debt being passed down the chain, especially when the doors of many banks remain closed to them.

“There is a particular onus on Invest NI and the Enterprise Minister to assist these businesses in whatever way they can as last week’s news will lead to further job losses through these sub-contractors. This is hundreds of jobs we are talking about so mitigating against these job losses needs to be an immediate priority.

“It is important that Assembly members and Ministers avail of the opportunity to listen to sub-contractors concerns and worries about this situation. These companies are located right across the north and are a vital part of our local economy.”

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