Thursday 22 August 2019

Twelve firms join forces in NW tech cluster

Keith Moran of SL Controls
Keith Moran of SL Controls
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Twelve technology companies from the north west of Ireland have come together to form a tech cluster.

The aim of those involved is to drive business collaboration in the sector, across Sligo, Leitrim and surrounding counties.

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The 12 firms involved, including software group SL Controls and project management solutions provider Cora Systems, employ just over 400 staff in the north-west region.

As part of the initiative, the cluster will be working closely with IT Sligo; Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board; Sligo Local Enterprise Office; and IDA Ireland, with the goal of stimulating the industry.

This comes as the area experiences a burst of tech jobs. Over the past year, more than 1,300 roles in the sector have been announced in Sligo and Leitrim.

Keith Moran, founder and MD of SL Controls, said: "It is an exciting time to be a tech company based in the north west, as there is a buzz and energy around the place, with a real sense of collaboration between the companies operating in the space.

"But it is even more exciting for people who want to work in tech, with an abundance of vacancies coming on stream for software developers, coders, analytics experts and digital architects. They can now have the option of high-level positions while living in a place that values community and a great work-life balance."

The initiative was welcomed by IDA Ireland, which described it as something that will support its work in attracting investment to the region.

Irish Independent

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