Located in the heart of Ireland, this thriving vibrant region offers an attractive cluster of LifeSciences, Technology and Global Business Services companies, including Medtronic, Ericsson and Teleflex to name a few.
Encompassing the counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford, the region has a population of 476,178 residing within a 60 minute driving radius of Athlone. The strategic location provides unparalleled national interconnectivity on the national rail and road network and is within 80 minutes of international airports and ports. IDA companies employ over 4,300 people in the area.
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Westmeath is a highly sought-after location for international business. With it’s strategic location providing direct access to international airports & ports, high calibre companies, cost effective business solutions, strong talent base, shorter commuting times and excellent quality of life, this is a thriving environment for global businesses.
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Offaly hosts a thriving business environment with an extensive selection of existing global companies operating from the area, accrediting available cost effective commercial and residential property solutions, connectivity to major cities, short commuting times and staff retention to their successes.
Offaly – great location attracting dynamic companies and talented staff
At the heart of the national transport network and within an hour of Dublin, Laois is strategically located for doing business. Laois's connectivity ensures quick access to key international airports and ports across Ireland, while also delivering a large customer base and a skilled talent pool.
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Longford’s strong enterprise culture has a proven ability to attract and support a broad range of international companies, complimented by a central location, a highly skilled labour force and a low-cost business environment.
The centrality of the region offers companies an excellent array of high quality property solutions, a well-educated workforce, proactive third-level institutions with a student population of c.41,000, and an established track record in attracting investments across industry sectors.
Two Universities and two Institutes of Technology produce around 13,000 graduates annually for employment in the area. 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. AIT was recently awarded “ Best Institute of Technology of the year” by the Sunday Times. This award-winning, cutting-edge institution also has three strategic research institutes inin Software (SRI), Biosciences (BRI) and Materials (MRI).
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 benefits from excellent road infrastructure to all major cities, proximity to three International Airports at Dublin, Shannon and Ireland West and three international shipping ports. The region also offers cost effective commercial and residential property solutions.
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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.
An Taoiseach, Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D., today officially marked the completion of the landmark €233 million forest resort; Center Parcs Longford Forest. Following an almost two-year construction process Center Parcs Longford Forest has been delivered on schedule and within budget.
Center Parcs Longford Forest will add an entirely new dimension to Ireland’s tourism and leisure market with its all year round short breaks. The resort will welcome its first guests in Ireland in the coming weeks with final preparations underway in earnest.
Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, today announced plans to establish a new EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland.
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, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government has today reported a very strong first half of 2018.
Leetha Industries, manufacturers of packaging material for the medical, foodservice and disposable packaging sectors today announced it is to establish a manufacturing and supply operation called Red Seal Cups Limited in Longford. The new facility will create 100 + jobs over three years.
Standex Ireland Ltd celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its operation in Mountmellick Co Laois by holding a special anniversary dinner to acknowledge the valued contribution made by employees over that period.
Avery Dennison Corporation, (NYSE:AVY), a global materials science and manufacturing company, today announced plans to expand its medical product manufacturing operations in Longford, Ireland, increasing the Finesse Medical Ltd., facility’s end-to-end medical device manufacturing capacity and capabilities for its customers.
19,851 Jobs Created in FDI companies – third consecutive year of strong growth under current strategy
Center Parcs was delighted that An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD was today able to join Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs to attend the Official Sod Turning Ceremony marking the start of construction work on the €233 million development at Center Parcs Longford Forest, Ballymahon, County Longford. The milestone occasion was celebrated with local community, as well as representatives from both local and national government.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today welcomed the announcement that Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI) has entered into a lease agreement with IDA Ireland to establish a new manufacturing plant in the recently constructed 2,650m2 IDA Advanced Technology Building in Athlone, Ireland.
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