A new video promoting investment in Sligo launched on Wednesday 29th June on Sligo.ie. The video is called, “Why not make Sligo yours?” and is the second in a suite of videos supporting the three pillars of the Sligo: Live Invest Visit brand initiative.
The new video is a collaborative endeavour reflective of the Sligo. brand principles and features scenes from the Atlantic Technological University, Finisklin Business Park and some of the companies that call Sligo home. The video promotes Sligo as an ideal location for inward investment and highlights the talented workforce in Sligo, its infrastructure, and educational institutions as well as the County’s commitment to sustainable development.
Michelle Conaghan, Regional Manager, IDA Ireland North West Region notes in the video that,
“investors in Sligo are attracted by the talent here, track record, infrastructure, connectivity and proximity to third-level institutes”.
Sligo County Council, Chief Executive Martin Lydon says that,
“Sligo has developed a positive and supportive environment for companies investing in the County to succeed and thrive. An intrinsic element of the Sligo. brand’s ambition of making Sligo a world class location to live, invest and visit is built on promoting collaboration to achieve sustainable growth. As a designated Regional Growth Centre under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan, Sligo is a key driver of economic growth, and we want this growth to be sustainable for Sligo and the wider Northwest region”.
Recent improvements to Sligo’s infrastructure including the completion of the Western Distributor Road, the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Road Project and the N4/N15 Sligo Urban Improvement scheme have been of strategic importance in facilitating Sligo’s designation as a Regional Growth Centre. The recent establishment of the Atlantic Technological University is a significant development for Sligo and will play an important role in promoting and attracting investment and supporting the strategic development of Sligo and the Northwest region.
The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Michael Clarke notes that,
“the recent infrastructural improvements in Sligo provide a platform for further growth and is backed up by a skilled and capable workforce in Sligo. The ATU will enhance the already highly skilled talent pool in Sligo and provide graduates to support business and industry in Sligo”.
Chairperson of the Sligo Economic Forum, Aaron Forde, states that,
“Sligo is the ideal location for indigenous companies looking for an idyllic location to establish or expand operations while international investors consider Sligo as an attractive location with a collaborative and supportive business environment. The availability in Sligo of world class facilities such as the Landing Space, that allows companies to establish operations in Ireland quickly and easily is a prime example of the power of local collaboration to support economic development in the County”.
The Local Enterprise Office, together with the ATU is spearheading the development of the Advancing Innovation in Manufacturing and supply chain (AIM Centre), which will provide industry with expertise to use industry 4.0 to maximum effect to drive forward their product and service development and delivery and to grow their businesses. The project will comprise a combination of personnel and a Council owned building in the centre of Sligo which will be transitioned into a state-of-the-art industry 4.0 centre providing research, training, expertise and know-how for businesses.
Sligo is leading the way in the development of the county’s new Local Economic and Community Plan. Sligo County Council working in partnership with the Local Community Development Committee, the Strategic Policy Committee for Planning Community & Economic Development and the Sligo Economic Forum, is developing an overarching Strategic Framework to guide the development of all of County Sligo over the next 8 to 10 years.
When complete, Sligo 2030 will be an innovative, ambitious, and transformational plan for both City and County, that will align with local, regional, national, and international policy and strategy and will be guided by the principles of being smart, green, sustainable, and inclusive.
The Sligo.ie website acts as a central portal for news and information that support the Sligo brand and its objectives. The website has recently been updated to include a new business supports page. This page incorporates signposting functionality that directs visitors to the supports available through agencies and business networks in Sligo including supports on offer from member agencies of the Sligo Economic Forum.