A diverse region spanning 6 counties from the East to North West coasts of Ireland, the Border Region is home to a diverse range of FDI companies. High value manufacturing, in life sciences and engineering, along with international services, financial services and technology are the key sectors in which the FDI base operates.
The region, which includes counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth (including the towns of Dundalk and Drogheda), has a population of 514,891. There are several IDA business parks located in the region which is home to many world-renowned multinationals including Abbott; Stiefel,a GSK Company; Zeus Industrial Products; UnitedHealth Group; Avantcard; eBay; PayPal; Coca-Cola; Xerox; CG Power Systems; International Fund Services and Becton Dickinson & Co.
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The Border Region has a ready supply of a young educated workforce. This is fuelled by the region’s close proximity to a large number of third-level institutions with a combined student cohort of over 175,000 and approximately 47,000 graduates each year.
There are two universities and five Institutes of Technology located in the Border catchment area providing strong industry links and significant research capabilities across a wide range of industry sectors. The Institutes of Technology in Letterkenny, Sligo and Dundalk have a long track of deliverying research, development, innovation and entrprise solutions to industry, ranking from multinational companies to locally based SMEs.
Excellent infrastructure and close proximity to Dublin and Belfast, in the east, with access to five airports and five deep-sea ports, provides the Border Region with very strong value propositions for clients. This area also enjoys the lowest latency transatlantic telecommunications link through the Hibernian Networks telecoms infrastructure ‘Project Kelvin’, connecting the Border Region to North America and Europe.
For those looking to escape the stress, overcrowding and exorbitant prices of big city life, the Border area is a gateway to tranquillity, stunning scenery, rugged coastline and numerous beaches. There is a host of outdoor activities on offer, from top class surfing, sailing, hill walking and fishing, to spectacular golf links. Living in the area has the added incentive of competitive housing prices and reduced traffic congestion.
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Every company that wants to grow will reach a point where it needs to expand into new markets. Doing it right means setting up operations closer to those customers.
It’s a big step, but it’s one that many others have taken before. For this blog, we spoke to senior leaders at leading tech companies that expanded into Ireland. They shared their advice on getting a fast and frictionless start, with five practical tips for others planning to grow their business internationally.
Allstate Sales Group Inc. (ASG), a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry today announced it is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the three years. It is the company’s first operations outside the US.
Minister Heather Humphreys today announced that IDA Ireland has selected Monaghan as the location for a new Advanced Technology Building (ATB) and appointed a design team.
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New fast landing service to provide collaborative work environment
IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have today officially opened a new fast landing property solution. The establishment of IDA Ireland’s first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as ‘The Landing Space’, will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly and easily establish operations in the North West region.
Today Minister Heather Humphreys will open the European headquarters of Entekra™ in Monaghan town. Entekra will create 100 new high-skilled jobs in the area following an investment announced earlier this year in May 2018. These jobs will be in the areas of design engineering, finance, marketing and customer support.
E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc. announces plans to expand its European base in Sligo, Ireland, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.
The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.
The global investment climate is in flux right now with investors looking to locate in jurisdictions that can offer them stability across the policy and regulatory and talent worlds.
IDA Ireland welcomes today’s statement from Abbott in Donegal that it is to expand its existing manufacturing facility which will result in the creation of c.500 new jobs over the next number of years.
Phibro Animal Health Corporation (Nasdaq:PAHC) today announced plans to establish a biotech facility producing a range of innovative animal health vaccines on the IDA Ireland Finisklin Business Park in Sligo, creating up to 150 jobs over 5 years.
IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government has today reported a very strong first half of 2018.
International Retail Solutions company E3 Retail announced today it is to establish a Software Development and Sales Centre in Sligo to support the development and localisation of its retail solutions platform and architecture based on a cloud utility (“pay as you go”) model.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland today announced that WuXi Biologics, a Hong Kong-listed (2269.HK) global open-access biologics technology platform company, is to invest €325 million and create 400 new jobs over five years in a new biologics drug substance manufacturing facility on the Industrial Development Authority’s (IDA) greenfield site in Mullagharlin in Dundalk, Co. Louth.
IDA Ireland today congratulated leading pharmaceutical outsourcing services provider PCI Pharma Services (PCI) on the launch of its new contained packaging facility for the primary and secondary packaging of highly potent products at its newly acquired site in Drogheda, Co. Louth. The new facility will lead to the creation of more than 70 new jobs over the next five years while 50 new jobs will be created at its facility in Stamullen, Co. Meath. PCI has added c.30 positions at the Drogheda facility since its acquisition of Millmount Healthcare last year.
Craigavon, N.I., 18 January 2018 – Almac Group, the global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation, today confirmed the successful completion of Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) inspections of Almac Clinical Services Ireland and Almac Pharma Services Ireland at its European campus in Dundalk, Ireland.
19,851 Jobs Created in FDI companies – third consecutive year of strong growth under current strategy
December 15 2017 Dundalk. National Pen, a leading global provider of personalised marketing merchandise, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Dundalk.
The expansion, creating 250 jobs, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The company established its’ International Headquarters in Dundalk in 1987, comprising a manufacturing plant which personalises promotional products, and a contact centre which supports corporate functions including Finance, HR, Recruitment, IT, E-commerce and other support functions.
Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD today announced that UK speciality pharmaceutical services company Wasdell Group is to establish a pharmaceutical packaging, testing and distribution facility in Dundalk, creating 300 jobs over five years.
An Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald T.D., and YapStone, a leading global payments company founded in Silicon Valley, today announced it will invest $48 million (€41 million) in the creation of 200 new tech jobs, at its International Headquarters in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.
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