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Invest NI

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the contractual relationships with third party organisations which Invest NI inherited on its formation in 2002; what funds were allocated to each body; and what the nature was of the activities conducted by each organisation. [164944]

Mr. Gardiner: On its formation in April 2002, Invest NI inherited 90 existing relationships with third party organisations.

Details of these organisations, the nature of the activities conducted and the funding allocated in each case is contained in the following table.

Third party organisationNature of activityValue of each contract
Abacus PartnershipEU Networking Programme117,000
Acorn The Business CentrePilot E-Learning Initiative41,125
Antrim Enterprise Agency LtdBusiness Development Programme108,687
Arena NetworkBusiness Environmental Engagement Reviews118,000
Arena NetworkNI Environmental Management Survey30,000
ASPIREMicro-Loans for Small Businesses650,000
Ballymena Business CentreWomen's Enterprise Programme100,227
BDO Stoy HaywardTraining for IMPACT programme1,750
BeckinridgeTraining for IMPACT programme5,750
Business in the CommunityBusiness solutions for companies60,000
Business Innovation Link Ltd.Pre-start support for individuals with innovative products or processes580,115
Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency Ltd.Business Support Programme21,170
Centre for CompetitivenessForesight Programme252,000
Centre for CompetitivenessBusiness Improvement Services85,000
Craigavon Industrial Development OrganisationEnterprise Programme7,050
Clarendon ConsultantsLocal communications programme19,395
Cookstown Enterprise Centre Ltd.Food from the West Programme55,250
Crafts Council of Irelande-commerce initiative7,786
Defence Diversification AgencyBusiness research facility120,000
Deirdre Fitzpatrick and AssociatesSkills programme8,724
Design ServicesDesign awareness, advice and capability for businesses388,000
Dungannon Enterprise Centre Ltd.Innovation in Practice42,500
Dungannon Enterprise Centre Ltd.Best Practice programme38,250
East Belfast Enterprise ParkEnterprising Belfast53,887
EBT Venture Fund Ltd.Venture Capital Fund250,000
Edge Innovative LearningExport market promotion261,350
Edge Innovative LearningExport market promotion574,000
Emerging Business TrustSmall business loan fund500,000
Emerging Business TrustSmall business loan fund250,000
Enterprise NISupport to locally focused business starts3,900,000
Enterprise NI Loan FundLoans for local small businesses75,000
Enterprise North West/ WorkspaceDevelopment of local active client base36,131
EnvisionTraining for IMPACT programme5,700
Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd.Rural Support Programme59,250
Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd.Fermanagh Business Growth Programme25,000
Flying ColoursWomen's Enterprise Initiative1,057
Glenwood Business CentreTendering Programme17,096
Gloria Gilfillan TrainingWomen On The Move2,937
Graham AssociatesSoftware Sector Advisory Services140,000
Hambro Northern Ireland Ventures Ltd. PartnershipVenture Capital Fund7,000,000
Helm CorporationManagement of International Tender Fund, providing funding to encourage companies to bid for business outside the EU18,598
Industrial Society/Work FoundationCompetitiveness Assessment/Improvement Programme Services8,500
Into the WestEncourage entrepreneurs to set up new ventures West of the Bann197,000
Investment BelfastLocal Enterprise Development Unit/ Northern Ireland Centre For Entrepreneurship Award Promotion10,575
Investment Belfast20K Awards20,000
Iona RodgersTraining for IMPACT programme2,100
Ken Morrison ConsultingCompetitiveness Assessment/Improvement Programme Services3,000
KPMGCompetitiveness Assessment/Improvement Programme Services40,000
Lake ConsultingCompetitiveness Assessment/Improvement Programme Services12,000
LEDCOMFresh Start Enterprise Programme11,045
LEDCOMCarolinas Northern Ireland Trade Association (CANITA)58,750
Lisburn borough councilEnterprise Awareness Company Development Programme29,147
Lisburn Enterprise OrganisationHome Start Preparation1,539
Manufacturing Technology Partnership (MTP) Ltd.Radian Promotion44,700
Manufacturing Technology Partnership (MTP) Ltd.Competitiveness Assessment/Improvement Programme Services4,000
MomentumInformation Communications and Technology Sector Body242,500
Newbridge Management GroupWorkshop training and company mentoring979,875
Newbridge Management GroupWorkshop training and company mentoring180,000
New DirectionsRegional Action Plan245,003
Northern Ireland Food and Drink AssociationFood Programme300,000
Northern Ireland Technology Centre, Queens University Belfast (Institute of Lifelong Learning)Conformance Europe Marking Programme47,360
NoribicBusiness Process Re- engineering Programme13,000
NoribicInnovation West— Technology Assisted Growth Scheme29,950
North Down borough councilSignal Business Village, an economic development partnership25,000
Omagh Enterprise Company Ltd.Business Growth Programme30,000
Omagh Enterprise Company Ltd.Women's Enterprise Development68,000
ORTUSEnterprise Programme26,997
Parity Solutions Ltd.Profit Improvement Programme399,191
Prince's TrustLoans and grants to young people starting a business1,645,000
Price WaterhouseCoopersProfits through People Programme356,280
Price WaterhouseCoopersCompetitiveness Assessment/Improvement Programme Services3,500
Price WaterhouseCoopersFinance Programme611,575
QLabsCompetitiveness Assessment/ Improvement Programme Services13,000
RFMTraining for IMPACT programme3,370
Robert Hayes McCoyTraining for IMPACT programme1,450
Strabane Enterprise AgencyYouth Education and Enterprise34,000
Synergy EBusiness IncubatorBusiness Design Services5,076
The Carbon TrustEnergy programmes1,377,000
TPB ConsultingSales Programme12,672
TPB Consulting LtdDelivery of Aim Sales Programme22,880
TransformixSoftware Sector Advisory Services140,000
Ulster Community Investment TrustCommunity Business Loan Fund750,000
Ulster Community Investment TrustCommunity Business Loan Fund1,000,000
Ulster Community Investment TrustCommunity Business Loan Fund2,250,000
Venture InternationalTraining for IMPACT programme570
Vision Consulting Ltd.eBusiness Programme858,915
WastechangeProvision of internet-based Waste Exchange for NI Small, Medium Enterprises22,000
West Belfast Partnership BoardInformation Communications and Technology Officer post27,000
Workspace (Draperstown) Ltd.Provision of services to Invest NI's North West Local Office17,850
Work WestEnterprising Belfast34,200
Young Enterprise NIBusiness education programmes in schools615,000

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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by Invest Northern Ireland towards meeting its job creation target for the current financial year. [197009]

Mr. Gardiner: Actual job creation is achieved through businesses employing more people and for this reason, Invest NI's Corporate Plan 2002–05 and its Public Service Agreement targets do not include specific job creation targets. There are, however, targets for a range of other objectives, including the number of new business starts, business development projects, and new inward investment projects secured.

Not all investments involve potential new jobs, but where they do, Invest NI practice is to refer to jobs promoted as such job numbers can be quantified at the negotiation stage as being an anticipated requirement of the project. Since negotiations with companies are
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ongoing throughout the year, it is not Invest NI's practice to report progress on an in-year basis although comprehensive performance figures are provided at the end of each financial year. However, in relation specifically to those projects which have been publicly announced during the year to date, 311 new jobs have been promoted, representing total investment of over £4 million.

Inward Investors (Limavady)

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in attracting inward investors to the Limavady area in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. [193642]

Mr. Gardiner: I refer the hon. Gentleman to earlier answers I provided to him on 12 October 2004, Official Report, column 232W, 16 June 2004, Official Report, column 965W, 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 349W and 28 April 2004, Official Report, column 1128W on this and closely-related subjects.

Invest NI continues to focus its sales and marketing efforts on aggressively promoting Northern Ireland as an attractive and viable location for inward investment opportunities. It is difficult to predict in advance the nature of new projects and the needs of those promoting such projects, but the type of projects likely to locate in the north west will tend to be from those sectors where there are obvious clusters and strengths, such as ICT and call centres.

Working with existing overseas investors in a region is a key function of Invest NI, and I am encouraged by the reinvestment earlier this year at Limavady by Huco Lightronic of Germany, promoting an additional 24 jobs.

Invest NI has a target of 150 inward visits by potential investors during the current financial year ending 31 March 2005. While Invest NI encourages project promoters to visit as many potential locations as possible in all council areas of Northern Ireland, each visit programme is designed to meet investor requirements. When appropriate, the Limavady area will be included.

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