Leitrim is the destination of choice for businesses and the benefits of moving your business to Leitrim was highlighted at an event in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin on Thursday, May 12.
Former IDA Managing Director, Padraic White, said that “Leitrim offers quality staff, low costs and is only 90 minutes from the M50 providing an ideal base as an over-flow facility for businesses in Dublin”.
Mr White said that in a survey 98 percent of firms that re-located in the last 18 months were very satisfied with the move and 60 percent of employees said they now enjoyed a better work life balance.
The views were echoed by other contributors such as Declan Whyte of Vistamed who said that the multinationals located in Co Leitrim had proven to be a great success.
PJ Rigney of ‘The Shed’ distillery said “To stand out, brands must be real and naturally authentic. Customers want to be invigorated by new experiences and location is important for that. It is why Drumshanbo was the perfect home for our brand and identity.”
Philip Martin of Cora Systems, outlined that their software business which started in Carrick-on-Shannon has now grown to having offices in the UK and the US with 50 people employed with the intention to double those numbers over the next year.
Rural Ireland is improving its capability to deliver services to big business and Leitrim is striving to lead this change.
Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Leitrim County Council, noted that 4G mobile broadband will cover over 90 percent of the county by 2017 and the National Broadband Plan will see total premises coverage by 2020.
The event was attended by over 60 key business people and marks a statement of intent from the county.
It is aiming to showcase its ability to become a destination of choice for business. Leitrim already has a strong tourism industry but building on this and competing for investment at a national level is now a priority.