NI firms 'forced to adapt' to economic conditions

2010 has been a year of adaptation for many firms in Northern Ireland, according to one of the country's ministers.

Arlene Foster, the Northern Ireland Executive's minister for enterprise, believes that the financial climate has proven to be difficult for a number of businesses in the past 12 months.

She commented: "It has been a challenging economic year where local businesses have had to adapt and make hard choices to survive."

Ms Foster has also taken the time to outline some of the measures that have been taken over the course of this year to support the nation's economy.

She noted that some businesses have been provided with help to take advantage "of trade opportunities in Europe, North America and India".

Earlier this month, the minister paid a visit to the US, where she aimed to highlight the business potential of Northern Ireland by liasing with representatives from a variety of firms.
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