SDLP West Tyrone Assembly Candidate Daniel McCrossan has called on Apex Housing to reverse their decision to close Bell Gray Nursing Home, Newtownstewart with the loss of up to 40 local jobs.

Speaking on Friday Mr McCrossan said: “I was extremely disappointment to hear of this decision that will see the vital care services in Newtownstewart dismantled over the next two years.

“Apex have cited a lack of demand but according to their staff, the 30 beds at Bell Gray have been at more or less full capacity for the past few years.

“I visited staff and residents today and this news will be a heavy blow for them. In their statement Apex have fallen short of guaranteeing job security for staff and living security for residents. I feel this will only come from the continued operation of services at Bell Gray.

“Both staff and residents have the full support of the SDLP and we will do all we can to prevent this closure.”

Draperstown based Sperrin Metal Storage, a leading storage manufacturer, has secured a contract to supply its mobile shelving to Fino International in Qatar.
Congratulating the company, Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister, Jonathan bell MLA said: “Sperrins Metal Storage has demonstrated great energy and focus in winning this new contract, estimated to be worth £250,000 to supply its mobile shelving into the Ministry of Interior in Qatar.
“With the support of Invest Northern Ireland, the company took its first steps into the Gulf market and participated on a trade mission last year, visiting Riyadh and Qatar where it first met with Fino International.
“Exports to the Gulf countries (GCC) totalled £171.8million in 2014/15 which shows the depth of opportunities which Northern Ireland companies have already grasped. Through hard work, commitment and a willingness to develop a solution that specifically met their customer’s needs, the company has successfully won new business and entered a new market.”
Sperrins Metal Storage manufactures a wide range of storage systems from bespoke products to pallet racking and generic locker systems.
Managing Director Peter Gormley said: “Invest NI support has been invaluable to our business and we are delighted to have secured this contract to supply an initial order to our new partner in Qatar. We have taken a strategic approach to building key areas of expertise within our business, and our bespoke product offering has helped us to break into this market.
“Forming business relationships is very important in international trade and we met Fino International whilst participating in the Invest NI Gulf trade mission last year. This trade mission provided the platform for us to make many excellent contacts and to develop a business relationship which quickly prospered into this new contract.
“This is our first step into this market and one which we hope will act as a springboard to further sales in the future.”

April 2016
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