The new Regional Enterprise Plan for the Midlands will drive job creation
The new Regional Enterprise Plan for the Midlands will drive job creation and support enterprise growth in Longford, according to Fine Gael Cllr Micheál Carrigy
The new plan is the first of nine Regional Enterprise Plans to be launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys to drive and continue enterprise growth in regions across the country.
Cllr Micheál Carrigy said: “Strengthening our regional enterprises is particularly important in the context of Brexit.
“The new two year focussed plans complement and add value to the ongoing work of the Enterprise Agencies, LEOs, Regional Skills Fora, and other bodies involved in supporting enterprise development in the regional setting.
“The development of the Plans was overseen by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, working with regional stakeholders. My Fine Gael colleague, Minister Humphreys will launch the remaining eight regional plans over the coming weeks. What benefits other areas of the country will also benefit us in Longford,” Cllr Micheál Carrigy said.
“Crucially, they are ‘live documents’, which means new initiatives can be taken on board during their operation by the regional stakeholders working together. As a result, the plans will have flexibility and responsiveness at their core and can best meet the needs in Longford. The plans are tailored for each individual region.
In addition, we need to ensure that the jobs being created are quality jobs and sustainable in the longer-term, in line with our new, whole-of Government plan, Future Jobs, which will be launched at the end of February,” Cllr Micheál Carrigy said.
In 2018, the Midlands had 42 IDA supported companies employing 5,720 people. This is an increase of 14% from 2017. The Midlands was the highest performing region in terms of FDI employment growth in 2018.
Recent IDA Ireland announcements in the Midlands include: Leetha Industries/Red Seal Cups – 100 jobs in Longford; Avery Dennison – 200 jobs in Longford; Neueda Technologies – 200 jobs in Westmeath and Skout Secure Intelligence – 30 jobs in Portlaoise.
In 2018, 12,349 people were employed in 247 Enterprise Ireland supported companies in the Midlands, up 4% from 2017.
“There are new challenges emerging for enterprises here in Longford in the external environment, and here in the Midlands, the regional economy will undergo some adjustment as it makes the transition to a low carbon reality.
“Through this Regional Enterprise Plan, the Midlands can adopt a leadership position through driving initiatives from the ground up,” the Fine Gael Cllr Micheál Carrigy said.
Minister Humphreys said: “I am pleased to note that jobs growth has been strong in all regions, including the Midlands. There are 19,100 more people at work in the Midlands today than at the beginning of 2015, when the Government first launched regional jobs plans, and the unemployment rate has reduced from almost 15 percent down to just over 7 percent.”