Omagh, with an urban population of 25,000 and a total district population approaching 50,000 is the largest centre in the south west of Northern Ireland.
It has been identified as a regional growth and major service centre by the Government Department responsible for planning the strategic developments of N. Ireland.
The key reasons are:-
- Omagh has strong growth potential with relatively few constraints to development
- Omagh has considerable potential to develop its industrial and retail base
- Omagh’s location on the Londonderry to Belfast transport corridor and its central location in the West, equip it well to develop as the major service centre for the north west of the island of Ireland.
- Growth has been underpinned by a high level of residential growth with associated services.
- The Council and its partners will work with prospective investors to facilitate their operations in the District and continuously updates all necessary information any potential investors would require to inform their decision to locate in Omagh, including up to date statistics/demographics of the area and a comprehensive property and land portfolio to help identify possible sites for development.
The Council also works tirelessly to support its local indigenous small business sector and also offers support to new businesses and to this end has secured funding for a comprehensive suite of programmes through the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland (2007-2013). The programmes include: Innovating Omagh’s Small Business Sector; Survive and Thrive Programme (a collaboration with Fermanagh District Council), Inspire Business Programme (a collaboration with Strabane District Council) and SW Export Development Programme (a collaboration with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, Cookstown, Fermanagh and Magherafelt District Councils). The business support programmes aim to help local businesses to grow, embrace innovation, explore exporting or help them to develop their marketing skills.