Minister Troy meets with stakeholders and companies in Sligo & Leitrim as part of virtual tour of Enterprise Ireland's Regional Centres

27th October, 2020

Minister Troy Sligo Leitrim
Enterprise Ireland

Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Robert Troy T.D. today undertook a virtual visit to Sligo and Leitrim to meet with a number of stakeholders and companies in the region to discuss their exporting strategy as well as the current challenges of the changing business environment, in light of Covid-19 and Brexit.

The visit is part of a virtual tour of Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Centres across Ireland, to engage with companies at various stages of the exporting journey (pre-exporting companies to established exporters) and engage with various stakeholders and drivers of the exporting agenda across Ireland.

This tour reflects the Government’s jobs led recovery plan which focuses on the exporting business landscape at a regional level and complements the work of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment through its agency Enterprise Ireland’s Powering the Region Strategy; to identify and leverage exporting opportunities, to scale and expand the reach of our indigenous enterprise, strengthen regional infrastructure, and drive the growth of businesses across Ireland.

Across the tour, Irish companies at various stages of exporting will have the opportunity to share their experience of their export journey and outline the current challenges of the changing business environment, in light of both COVID-19 and the forthcoming Brexit deadline.

Speaking after this morning’s meetings, Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD said,

“With just 65 days to go until the Brexit transition deadline, and the continued global health crisis, supporting our exporting companies is vital. This virtual regional roadshow creates a space for all involved in Ireland’s exporting economy and those who want to grow their exporting potential the opportunity to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“Today I met with companies at every stage of the exporting journey from the North-West region, Sligo and Leitrim. I was heartened by the constructive conversations on their resilience and preparedness but I urge all businesses to ensure they are Brexit ready and to avail of the supports provided by Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices and my Department. Today’s meetings provided a detailed insight of the ongoing work to transform the research, innovation and entrepreneurial landscape of the North-West. There is a great degree of talent, knowledge and skill residing in the North-West that can help drive new enterprise investment and strengthen SME resilience.

“Despite the difficult business environment, I believe that through collaboration and continued support of start-ups, corporates and researchers we can help foster technological innovation, business development, and R&D activity and build on the strong track record of achievement in the region.”

Enterprise Ireland Regional Director in the North-East and North-West, Aidan McKenna added,

“This virtual tour is a valuable opportunity for all stakeholders and agencies to collectively focus on the feedback from exporting companies, entrepreneurs and use it to discuss not only the challenges facing the region but the responses we can collectively develop to assist.

“There is already much happening in the North-West and despite the challenges of this year, we have continued to work in collaboration to enhance our region. Strong exporting companies like Cora Systems, Verus Precision, Merenda, Good4U (UK Exporter) and SL Controls Ltd. are making a real, lasting and positive impact on the jobs’ potential and enterprise growth of our region. Just this year, Sligo IT, was one of 11 successful regional projects awarded as part of Enterprise Ireland’s Border Enterprise Development Fund (BEDF) to establish a Digital Futures Manufacturing Centre to assist manufacturing SME’s with the transition to Industry 4.0 and with Brexit on the horizon and the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic cross agency support has never been more crucial.

“Powering the Regions is Enterprise Ireland’s strategic response to deliver stronger regional enterprises that provide sustainable employment opportunities and local prosperity as well as making an even greater contribution to Ireland’s economic growth and international impact. I welcome Minister Troy’s support for efforts and engagement with our Enterprises and stakeholders today.

To continue this engagement, virtual regional visits are planned for Letterkenny and Athlone in the coming weeks.

ENDS

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