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Ireland North West delegation showcase talent and skills to Boston businesses

Ireland North West delegation showcase talentand skills to Boston businesses 

A delegation from Ireland North West told apacked conference room of Boston business people that they are ready to dobusiness with them thanks to our local talent and skills base, our competitiveoperating costs, advanced telecommunications infrastructure and excellenteducation and business linkages.

The delegation which is jointly led by DerryCity and Strabane District Council’s Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, theCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey, along withofficers from both Councils has travelled to the Massachusetts this week alongwith 17 local businesses and participating organisations such as Udaras naGaeltachta, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and theNorth West Regional College, to promote the region for investment.

Following a breakfast meeting at UMass Buildingwith the Irish Consulate General Fionnuala Quinlan hosted by EnterpriseIreland, the delegation held a North West Showcase where they spoke about thegreat work the two Councils are doing by collaborating to promote investment tothe region.

As part of the event the delegation launchedtheir Gateway to Growth video and brochure and the Cathaoirleach of DonegalCounty Council Cllr Terence Slowey spoke of the close working relationship andlinks between Ireland and the US while the Mayor of Derry City and StrabaneDistrict Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock both Councils were keen to buildon current links that would lead to real and longterm business relations.

Seamus Neely, CEO with Donegal County Councilsaid there are many reasons why US companies should invest in Ireland NW. “Ourunique location is our strength, we provide the only UK land border with theEuro zone and we are within two hours drive to two international airports and fourregional airports and have access to both EU and UK markets. Our young, welleducated population have a strong worth ethic, and 31% of our school leaversare educated to degree level ensuring they have the right skills foremployment. On top of that our young people are hungry and ready for thechallenge with a real ‘can do attitude’.”

John Kelpie CEO of Derry City and StrabaneDistrict Council said that Ireland North West is ranked top 10 economies in theworld for ease of doing business and starting a business and has a strong anddiverse SME base that reflects the spirit of entrepreneurship.

“We are extremely cost competitive offering thelowest prime office rent spaces for as little as 12 dollars per sq.ft comparedto 42 dollars in Dublin and 72 dollars in Boston. Our connectivity tointernational and regional airports, our financial support packages and ongoingaftercare support makes us a highly attractive and competitive location to dobusiness. While our internationally renowned universities and institutions arekey drivers to our technology and knowledge industries. But most of all itsabout our people and the quality of life we have on offer – our rich cultureand heritage, breathtaking scenery and fantastic local environment and socialoffering is truly unique and very special.”

He added that he hoped this visit would build onthe good work that has been done over the years to develop linkages between theCity of Boston and the wider Massachusetts knowledge corridor.

Seventeen companies from the digital tech,education, agri-food sectors and creative industries made presentations at theevent to showcase their product and business with a clear focus on trying tosource business in US export markets.

During their visit, the delegation will also attendmeetings with businesses, potential investors and key influencers, as well asvisit a number of sites such as Harvard and the State House and willparticipate in the Golden Bridges Conference.

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The companies travelling as part of thedelegation are as follows:

GoWalkTalk; Gartan Technologies; Irish Gap Year;Irish Fish Canners; Qubizm; SLM Connect; Consilium Education; SLM Connect;Oideas Gael; Hanna Hats; Kelsius; Sendmode; Modern Democracy; Kinnegar Brewing;Studio Donegal; O’Donnell’s Bakery; Randox; Donegal Socks; O’Neill’sSportswear.