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Getting down to business! Consumer Council to work more closely with NI business sector

A strong and competitive business sector, coupled with confident and optimistic consumers are essential to driving forward the local economy. This is the key message from the Consumer Council who today engaged with NI business representatives to explore opportunities to work together more closely.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster who attended the event said: “Today’s initiative is an opportunity to come together with members of the business community to explore ways of working more closely together. There is an opportunity to share best practice and exchange ideas for all involved. Business and consumers play a pivotal role in the development of our economy and such partnerships are therefore important if we are to continue to drive forward and strive for a better economic future for all.”                                                            

Speaking at the event, Aodhan O’Donnell, Interim Chief Executive of the Consumer Council explained “Consumer confidence and spending is a vital part in securing a thriving economy, especially given that consumer spending accounts for 60 per cent of our economy’s overall value.

“Businesses and consumers work better when their needs are equally addressed and it is therefore essential that consumers and businesses are confident of their rights, know how to express them and who to turn to for help.

“Helping businesses get it right for consumers is a win win but businesses are consumers themselves and often require support and advice and a clear insight into consumer confidence.

Aodhan concluded “We look forward to working with the business sector and developing new and existing relationships, which will benefit consumers and businesses alike.”