Scottish Entrepreneur Marie Macklin Visits Belfast

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Evolve CPA recently hosted Scottish entrepreneur Marie Macklin CBE as she visited Belfast ahead of announcing plans to bring the HALO urban regeneration business park to the city.

Ms Macklin, the director of Klin Group, who are about to begin work on a HALO project in Kilmarnock in the next few weeks, toured potential locations aswell as taking part in meetings with local politicians, community organisations and business people. 

Evolve CPA director Gerry Carlile was involved in the organisation of Ms Macklin’s visit.

Gerry said:

“This is the start of what could be a substantial investment in the region of £30 million to £50 million into the Belfast economy with the creation of several hundred jobs.

“This city is perfect for the HALO urban regeneration project. New homes, social enterprises, businesses and educational facilities can work together and would contribute greatly to Belfast.

“Meetings were held with Belfast City Council, the DUP, Sinn Féin, Allstate NI, CBRE, Radius CF, Todd Architects, Keystone Law, East Side Visitor Centre, Belfast MET and CSIT.

“We also looked at a number of potential locations for a HALO project in Belfast.

“On the last evening of her visit, Marie attended a dinner which included Belfast City Council Chief Executive, Suzanne Wylie; David Gavaghan, Chair of CBI; Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University, and an array of business representatives among the guests.

“Evolve were delighted to be involved with the visit.”

Marie Macklin said:

“We're looking at between a 10 and 25 acre site and depending on what we put on the site, whether it's commercial, retail, whatever, we would then set a budget."

"We want to be on site within at least a couple of years. We're committed to coming to Belfast if the people want us and what I'm hearing here is people are wanting other investors to come in."

"There's amazing work being done here, there's definitely a huge buzz about the place and I have been really made very welcome which is great," she added.

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Edward Gray