Confidence in the air as local entrepreneurs look ahead to 2014

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:38

Madeleine Quirke

BUSINESS in Wexford can look forward to 2014 with greater confidence and optimism following a year of continued growth in the local and national economy according to Madeleine Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber.

She said the improvement in the local business outlook 'is a story of great skill and determination by the managements and staff of businesses throughout Wexford whose business acumen and resilience is second to none and will overcome any obstacles that might arise'.

'Wexford Chamber of Commerce represents a vibrant and dynamic business sector and is home to many nationally and internationally recognised companies as well as a wide range of small, medium and large indigenous businesses.

'With Rosslare Europort on our doorstep and an ever improving link to Dublin, Wexford is seeing a sustainable growth in tourism and hotels in the area are all reporting a much improved level of business,' she said.

Madeleine, pictured, said the Chamber, together with the Local Authorities, are working hard to attract FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) companies into the area which in turn will create more jobs in a range of sectors from ICT, Software, Call Centres, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services.

These companies also provide large numbers of local jobs for outsourcing services which support local retailers and service providers.

'Wexford is also home to a wide range of Irish businesses who provide the largest number of badly needed jobs for the highly skilled workforce in the area,' she said.

'These businesses cover every business sector and include many well-known national brands and a vibrant start-up business community.' Wexford has a very strong and unique retail sector providing excellent choice for consumers and Wexford Chamber will continue to support the retail community and hopes to encourage a strong entrepreneurial online business ethic amongst retailers which will boost growth across the sector. As a provider of Export Services to many local companies, the Chamber is acutely aware of the importance of support for businesses who export their products and services across the world.

'Being in business can be very lonely and the business community needs to work closer together to support each other through networking and business briefing events,' she said.

In the coming year, Wexford Chamber will continue to focus on providing support to the many business people who are facing into another year of trading but hopefully with an improved level of optimism leading to better days ahead.

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