M1 Payments Corridor Steering Group has already been in operation for 18 months through the support of its industry partners.
DCU is a dynamic and vibrant university. With a student population of almost 17,000, DCU has close to 2,000 non-Irish students from 115 different countries. They are internationally recognised as one of the world’s top young universities – and Ireland’s only Top 50 Under 50 University. As well as securing significant national government and European Union funding, their business-friendly attitude to collaboration with enterprise has resulted in industry partners such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Samsung, Wyeth, Microsoft and IBM.
Key research centres include:
• Irish Centre for Cloud Computing
• National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology
• National Centre for Sensor Research
Dundalk Institute of Technology is a 90 acre campus situated between Dublin and Belfast (each approximately 50 miles away), and has earned a reputation as the leading higher education provider in the North East of Ireland.
Through the Research and Developmental endeavours of its Academic Staff, DKIT has developed a strong applied R&D reputation in Software Development, Electronics and Engineering Design, Applied Humanities, Cultural Studies and Enterprise Development & Innovation with a new and emerging area in the field of Renewable Energy and Digital Media.
Public Body Partners
Enterprise Ireland is an Irish state economic development agency focused on helping Irish-owned business deliver new export sales. The aim of Enterprise Ireland is to accelerate the development of Irish enterprises capable of achieving strong positions in global markets resulting in increased national and regional prosperity and purchasing power. Enterprise Ireland provides financial support and advice to Irish technology companies, with a special focus on the Irish software sector.
Over the past 60 years IDA Ireland has evolved to become a global force in attracting FDI to Ireland and a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad. IDA Ireland’s current strategy is based on a policy of attracting investors from a range of industry sectors who are seeking the best location for their Advanced Manufacturing, Global Business Services and R&D operations.
The Louth Local Enterprise Office (LEO) provides an extensive range of supports to local business communities. Their confidential advisory service is open to anyone exploring self-employment as an option or for those who are currently operating a business. To assist the small business community in meeting the challenges of the business world, Louth LEO provides a wide range of high-quality training supports which are tailored to meet specific business requirements. Whether it is starting a business or growing a business there is something suitable for everyone.
The Louth Economic Forum was formed in April 2009 following the publication of the Indecon suite of reports of that year which set out detailed evidence based and comprehensive economic development strategies for Louth over the period 2009-2015. The decision was made that the best way to implement the strategy in a co-ordinated manner was to get collaboration of the State Development Agencies and the business community in Co Louth to take an active part in the ownership of the strategies through the forum.
The Louth Economic Forum has devised an overall 10 point plan identifying 10 specific areas to be addressed within its work programme and task groups have been formed for each of these areas.
The Established Task Groups Are:
1. Foreign Direct Investment Updated Plan Sept ‘15
2. Sustainable Energy
3. Indigenous Industry
4. Tourism & Heritage
5. Age Friendly
6. Education & Training
7. Agriculture, Food & Fisheries
9. Making Louth The Best County To Do Business
10. Drogheda, Dundalk, Newry Corridor