Located in the heart of Ireland, this thriving, vibrant region offers an attractive cluster of Life Science and International Business Services companies, including Teleflex Medical, Ericsson and NPD Group to name a few.
Encompassing the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford, and Westmeath, the region has a population of 476,178 residing within a 60 minute drive radius from Athlone. IDA companies in the Midlands permanently employing over 4,200 people. Its strategic location provides unparalleled national interconnectivity on the national rail and road network, and is within 90 minutes of international airports and ports.
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Laois’s connectivity ensures quick access to key airports and ports across Ireland, while also delivering a large customer base and a highly educated talent pool.
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The centrality of the Midlands offers companies an excellent array of high quality facility options, growing population, proactive third-level institutions with a student population of c.45,000 and an established track record in attracting investments across industry sectors.
Two universities and three Institutes of Technology produce around 13,500 graduates annually for employment in the wider Midlands region. These centres of learning pride themselves on actively building industry links and offering extensive research capabilities to local enterprises.
Athlone Institute of Technology is situated in the heart of the region and currently has 6,000 students engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across Business, Humanities, Engineering and Science. This award-winning, cutting-edge institution also has three strategic research institutes in Materials (MRI), Biosciences (BRI) and Software (SRI). The Institute also has an Industrial Polymer Solution and Design Centre specialising in the testing and development of chemical and polymeric systems. Analytical laboratories are also made available to local industry for research and development purposes.
The Midland’s principal towns are surrounded by the Lakelands Region, which has a rich tradition of literature, culture, arts and music as well as offering an abundance of water sports, golf courses, award-winning restaurants, renowned festivals and other activities.
The location is well serviced with excellent road infrastructure, a motorway to Dublin and proximity to three International Airports, at Dublin, Shannon & Knock and a strong rail network.
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