Arthur Cox and IoD Host Council Reform Discussion in Fermanagh
25 March 2015
Leading law firm Arthur Cox has facilitated a working lunch in association with the Institute of Directors (Northern Ireland) for Fermanagh business leaders to discuss the implications for businesses of the upcoming local council reforms.
The new Fermanagh and Omagh Council will have more power at a local level, be responsible for community planning and have a strengthened role in ensuring that the investment climate fits the needs of the area.
Rosemary Lundy, a Partner at Arthur Cox chaired the lunchtime discussion with Alison McCullagh, Director of Regeneration and Planning for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, outlining the changes and how they would impact on businesses.
Speaking at the event at the Killyhelvin Hotel, Enniskillen, Rosemary Lundy said:
“As a leading law firm, Arthur Cox is well positioned to provide the necessary guidance on the legal implications of local Government reform and how this will effect businesses.
“Topics discussed today included planning, regeneration and economic development and we hope that the business leaders who attended found the interaction with senior council officers beneficial”.
Alison McCullagh, Director of Regeneration and Planning for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, also highlighted the importance of open discussion around the new regime:
“The reform of local government will enable decisions which matter to our communities to be made locally, by elected members.
“The Council has set an ambitious vision which seeks to enable prosperous, sustainable and healthy communities and has stated its intention to ensure there continues to be a strong focus on business growth and prosperity across the district.
“The Council looks forward to continuing engagement with local businesses and the wider private sector.”
Linda Brown, Director of the Institute of Directors, added:
“Equipping members with advice on corporate governance and leadership issues is central to the IoD. We are delighted that both Arthur Cox and Alison McCullagh from the council attended to discuss this important change”.
This was the first in a series of working lunches planned across the 11 new council areas in Northern Ireland. For business advice around how these changes may impact your business please contact Arthur Cox on 028 9023 0007.