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Sunday 16 June 2019

A landing space for new companies

IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have today officially opened a new fast landing property solution.

The establishment of IDA Ireland's first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as 'The Landing Space', will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly and easily establish operations in the North West region.

It is the latest strategic initiative by IDA Ireland to increase investments in regional locations by enhancing and highlighting the specific property attributes of individual regional urban centres.

Sligo is home to leading life science companies such as Phibro, Abbvie and Abbott as well as tech companies LiveTiles, Overstock and E3 Retail.

These international brands help attract additional overseas companies to potentially locate to the Sligo area.

Attending Friday's launch, Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development Seán Canney said: "Sligo has benefitted greatly in recent months from the arrival of global companies like Phibro, LiveTiles and E3 Retail.

"It's proof that everything that global companies require to establish and scale up their operations can be found here - such as talent, services and infrastructure.

"The addition of this new fast landing space is another strong attractor, adding greatly to what Sligo has to offer.

"I congratulate all involved in developing this space.

"All of these developments also add to the work of the Atlantic Economic Corridor strategy as set out in the National Development Plan."

IDA Ireland's Executive Director Mary Buckley said: "This top quality, turn-key property adds significantly to the value proposition we can offer clients and will greatly assist our efforts to attract inward investment to Sligo.

"The collaborative work of all local stakeholders represented here today, including IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, is really important and demonstrates that creating an attractive location for investment benefits greatly from a team approach."

Commenting at the launch Dr. Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo said: "IT Sligo is delighted to be partnering with the IDA and Sligo County Council in providing this new facility for Sligo-based companies.

"This initiative will add to our on-campus incubation facility offering, which currently houses over 30 companies, allowing us to build on our extensive suite of enterprise and entrepreneur supports.

"These new office facilities will provide a soft-landing base for companies establishing a permanent presence in Sligo."

The location of Sligo as a destination for people in search of challenging careers and a positive work-life balance is well acknowledged as Ciaran Hayes, CEO, Sligo County Council said: "The availability of a fast Landing Space in the heart of Sligo contributes to a much sought after quality of life where you can avail of 1 Gigabit broadband connection in an attractive urban centre, yet be only 10 minutes from surfing the Wild Atlantic Way or availing of the many mountain or coastal walks in the land of hearts desire."

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