Roscommon, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and took centre stage at the Invest4Success seminar in Croke Park on Thursday evening and a large crowd came to hear from leading businesses in the region.
The Invest4Success Seminar attracted many jobseekers looking to return to the region for work. The free expo heard the story of many different organisations such as Vistamed, Abbot Diagnostics and Cora Systems. Raj Singh-Dehal of Center Parcs said that they were extremely committed to the region and would be providing 750 construction jobs and 1,000 full time jobs when they open. He pointed to the good road network, proximity to Dublin and the large availability of a committed workforce as reasons for locating in the region
Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council said:
‘This event was very important to us. We had to show investors and our diaspora that the region is open for business and has huge growth potential. The co-operation and synergies that the four counties bring together was clearly evident at the event. It provided a valuable networking opportunity but it is only our first step. The challenge now is to look at the wider potential opportunities for investment in the Upper Shannon Erne Region. We want to build on the success of this expo and prove that regional development is not just a platitude but something that is real and clearly evident on the ground.’
A diverse range of local SME’s also attended and displayed the many different new businesses that have grown and developed in the region.
Pat Rigney of the Shed Distillery Drumshanbo said that his only regret was that he had not located his business there earlier:
“This is a growing region. There is a real sense of community and a willingness to welcome and help business. Employees value a better quality of life, access to the best of schools, strong communities and affordable housing. The jobs on offer are of a high quality with significant career opportunities. There is much to look forward to and we want to welcome people back to the region with offers of firm and stable employment. We were delighted to be part of Invest4success to showcase exactly what can be achieved when people work together.”
The Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy movement, from the four counties, marks a major step in providing recognition that this region is open for business and ready for further development.
For further information contact Sheena O’Dowd on 071 9620005 or [email protected] or visit the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Facebook page facebook.com/USEFEP/