Key stake­hold­ers dis­cuss mak­ing Wick­low a prime lo­ca­tion for en­ter­prise

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LAST Tues­day lead­ing lo­cal and na­tional business peo­ple were in­vited to join in the drive for fur­ther eco­nomic devel­op­ment and job cre­ation in County Wick­low.

As part of its on­go­ing com­mit­ment to eco­nomic devel­op­ment, Wick­low County Coun­cil hosted a Break­fast Brief­ing and Work­shop at­tended by key business stake­hold­ers.

The theme of the event, which was held in the Druids Glen Ho­tel and Golf Re­sort, was ‘Mak­ing County Wick­low the best lo­ca­tion in Ire­land for in­dus­try and en­ter­prise’.

This is linked to a strat­egy to ‘En­gage with the county’s business lead­ers to iden­tify what the coun­cil can do to sup­port and grow en­ter­prise in the county’.

The key ob­jec­tives were: de­ter­mine what level and type of devel­op­ment en­gage­ment and sup­port business re­quires from the coun­cil; de­ter­mine the crit­i­cal ar­eas for business that are within the con­trol of the coun­cil and iden­tify the key is­sues; and ex­plore how the coun­cil can im­prove th­ese ar­eas and dis­cuss how in­dus­try and en­ter­prise can best sup­port eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the county.

Bryan Doyle, Wick­low County Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘I be­lieve that Wick­low’s lo­ca­tion ad­ja­cent to Dublin with its nat­u­ral, in­fra­struc­ture, mar­itime and com­mu­nity as­sets, is ide­ally placed to en­sure that it will be­come the best lo­ca­tion in Ire­land for in­dus­try and en­ter­prise.’

He said that the con­tri­bu­tion and forthright views of the in­vited business peo­ple would be in­valu­able in defin­ing the out­puts from the work­shop. ‘ The coun­cil looks for­ward to work­ing in part­ner­ship with you to de­liver on the key ob­jec­tives,’ he said.

Cllr John Ryan, Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil, said: ‘We are de­lighted with the level of en­gage­ment seen last Tues­day. It’s all about build­ing re­la­tion­ships and we can tap into huge po­ten­tial by work­ing to­gether.’

He said that it was clear from the event that the business com­mu­nity needs a di­rect line into the coun­cil as well as ac­cess to key de­ci­sion mak­ers.

The morn­ing be­gan with a wel­come ad­dress from Cllr Ryan. Mr Doyle then gave an over­view of the eco­nomic role and vi­sion for the fu­ture of the county. This was fol­lowed by an ad­dress from Tom Melody, Gen­eral Man­ager at Kerry Foods in Shil­le­lagh. Guests then par­tic­i­pated in a work­shop on the key ob­jec­tives chaired by the Cathaoir­leach af­ter which pre­sen­ta­tions from the work­shop were dis­cussed.

Michael Ni­chol­son, Tom Gre­gan, Bryan Doyle, Wick­low County Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, and Tom Melody.

Barry Doyle, John Ryan, Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil, and Brian McMa­hon.

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