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Saturday 24 August 2019

New 'tech cluster' aims to attract businesses to the north west

Pictured are members of the cluster (l-r) Ronan McCabe (6 Degrees), Lucia Macari (Overstock), David Kenny (Overstock) and Keith Moran (SL Controls) PIC: James Connolly
Pictured are members of the cluster (l-r) Ronan McCabe (6 Degrees), Lucia Macari (Overstock), David Kenny (Overstock) and Keith Moran (SL Controls) PIC: James Connolly

Evie Kearney

A new 'tech cluster' in the North West hopes to attract new businesses and talent to the area.

Tech North West, which will officially launch this Friday, is made up of 12 companies based in the north west of Ireland that aim to showcase career opportunities in the region.

Tech North West Chairman David Kenny said the cluster has a vision to "work together to attract talent, new businesses and inspire the next generation of techies."

"We also want to show people living in Dublin, London and elsewhere that you can have a healthy tech career with progression and continuous learning opportunities while having a great work-life balance," he said.

The 12 companies already employ over 400 people and hope that more tech-based businesses will join in the near future.

Current members of the cluster include global software company LiveTiles, travel app 6 Degrees and software company SL Controls.

Founder and Managing Director of SL Controls Keith Moran said it is an exciting time to a tech company in the north west.

"There there is such a buzz and energy around the place, with a real sense of collaboration between the companies operating in the space.

"People can now have the option of high-level positions while living in a place that values community and a great work-life balance," he added.

The cluster intends to work closely with existing infrastructures such as IT Sligo, Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo Local Enterprise Office and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

IDA Ireland’s Regional Business Development Manager for the North West John Nugent has welcomed the initiative as an attractive investement for the region.

"It is great to see technology companies in the region working together, influencing education and training provision and attracting talent," he said.

"It shows how vibrant and effective the ecosystem is here and how open and welcoming the region is for this type of investment.”

The north west region has proved itself as a hub for tech jobs with a string of positive job announcements in the past year which saw more than 1,300 tech jobs created in the area.

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