Coalition ministers yesterday declared 24 ‘enterprise zones’ around the country to be open for business, aimed at creating tens of thousands of new jobs. There will be rate discounts, tax breaks and relaxed planning laws for new businesses.
and the local reaction?
“Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has dismissed Westminster’s calls for a business-friendly enterprise zone to be set up in Northern Ireland. Mr Wilson said a Northern Ireland-wide zone, championed by Secretary of State Owen Paterson, would be a “nonsense”.
No need to wonder why unemployment here is crippling and we remain mired in recession.