County Wicklow is part of a major new Regional Enterprise Plan to drive growth across the Mid-East. There is particular emphasis on screen content and the movie sector in Wicklow
The Mid-East Regional Enterprise Plan is one of nine such Plans launched recently by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Heather Humphreys TD.
The development of the Mid-East Plan was overseen by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, working with stakeholders from the Mid-East region including counties Meath, Kildare and Wicklow through a committee chaired by Mr Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Ireland.
The Mid-East Plan identifies four Strategic Objectives, with actions to:
- Develop the Region as a hub for the screen content creation sector
- Create a network of innovative co-working spaces
- Build an ecosystem framework to support the agri-food sector and
- Ensure the availability of skills and talent to realise the Mid-East’s future economic potential and address upskilling requirements
Mr Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, added: “The development of the Content Creation Enterprise Hub at Wicklow County Campus will result in the provision of specialised and customised, sector specific business supports for start-ups and established businesses in the content creation/film sector. This initiative will promote growth, job creation and internationalisation and also position Ireland as a global leader in content creation leading to a strong regional screen enterprise ecosystem”.
Launching the Plan, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Heather Humphreys TD, said: “The Regional Enterprise Plan for the Mid-East that I am launching today sets out a number of key strategic areas where regional stakeholders working together will provide a basis for future enterprise development and job creation that is sustainable in the longer term.”
She added: “I am pleased to note that jobs growth has been strong in all regions, including the Mid-East, since we launched our first regional jobs plans in early 2015. There are 32,200 more people at work in the Mid-East today, and the unemployment rate has reduced from 9.6 percent down to 5.8 percent.”
Highlighting Brexit, the Minister said that notwithstanding this huge success “it is clear that there are new challenges emerging for enterprises in the external environment. Through this Regional Enterprise Plan, the region can adopt a leadership position through driving initiatives from the ground-up.”
The Regional Enterprise Plans are two-year focused plans to end in 2020 and they are also “live’” documents, with the expectation that new initiatives can be taken on during their operation by the regional stakeholders working together.
The actions set out in the Regional Enterprise Plans include timelines for delivery, with responsibility allocated to the relevant parties. The intention is that each Plan will be monitored at regional level to ensure local responsibility for delivery, with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation overseeing the process and progress at the national level.