Ó Muilleoir pledge to be tireless ‘ambassador for business’
Speaking at the 'Belfast on the Rise' business breakfast in the Merchant Hotel this morning 16 April, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA, Sinn Féin's candidate in South Belfast for Westminster said:
"I pledge, if elected as MP, to be a tireless Ambassador for Business.
"That means fighting to ensure the North of Ireland remains a Gateway to Europe, battling for the transfer of more economic and fiscal powers, getting the conditions right to ensure corporation tax can be introduced in a way which creates jobs but doesn't take money away from public services, and combating the agenda of austerity which is bad for people and bad for the economy."
The Sinn Féin candidate made three Pledges for Business:
"I will lead a delegation of Belfast business leaders to Boston each year to forge partnerships and attract funding to build on the $15m investment in Crescent Capital which the New York State Comptroller made last year.
“Using my extensive networks in Irish America, I will open doors for local businesses in boardrooms in Boston — the college capital, life sciences capital and Irish American Capital of the US. The Mayor of Boston is fully behind this initiative.
"I will also harness the power of the diaspora for Belfast by building on the success of the sister city agreement I signed last year with Boston to ensure that the groundbreaking BelPot initiative to bring four college ice hockey teams here this November is just a start.
“In October, I will host the Belfast Homecoming, the biggest diaspora gathering in any city in Ireland, to deliver the business and educational exchanges and connections a city on the rise needs.
“As a tireless ambassador for business, I will promote a narrative of Belfast which is inspiring.
“In late 2013, I visited the directors of AllState in Chicago and of Concentrix in Freemont, California, to urge them to bring more jobs to Belfast. Both companies, employing almost 4,000 in Belfast, have not only increased their employment locally but are now putting down roots on the Lagan riverside with major investments on the former Maysfield site.
“There are more companies out there who will be bowled over by the talent and endeavour of a Belfast on the Rise; I plan to the Ambassador for Business who makes that pitch to them.
"Finally, if elected MP I will revive the Business First Friday initiative which will allow me to visit businesses, organisations and enterprises which are building the Belfast economy each Fridayin order to laud their achievements, ensure government is meeting their needs and urge them to continue to invest and grow."