Council briefing for key business stakeholders
Key business stakeholders attended a breakfast briefing held on Friday morning in the Druids Glen Hotel and Resort and hosted by Wicklow County Council.
This year's theme was 'Making Wicklow Great for Business'.
Wicklow County Council chief executive Frank Curran detailed future strategic plans the local authority aims to carry out, including strategic infrastructure projects such as the upgrading of the N11-M11, Arklow sewerage scheme, Bray public transport bridge, Arklow Historic Quarter and Fitzwilliam Square and a new public library in Wicklow town.
'I believe that Co. Wicklow's strategic location, with easy access to Dublin Airport, Dublin, Wicklow and Rosslare Ports; its skilled workforce and transport links places the county in a strong position to attract industry and enterprise opportunities' said Mr Curran.
He also made reference to the recent commuter survey carried out by the local authority, with 70 per cent of people willing to consider taking an equivalent job in Co. Wicklow in order to reduce their commute time while one-third would do so even if it meant a lower salary.
This, stated Mr Curran, demonstrated that County Wicklow has a highly skilled and educated workforce which was a valuable resource for a potential business looking to locate in Wicklow adding that this information will be used by as a marketing tool for to attract business to the county.
The cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Vance, said: 'We are delighted with the level of engagement today.
'It's all about building relationships and we can tap into huge potential by working together'.
The briefing also heard from Dr Barry McCleary, CEO of Megazyme, who described the company's development, its successes and challenges since relocating the business to the Southern Cross Business Park, Bray in 1996 from Sydney, Australia. He also talked about the range of products developed by Megazyme.
The Breakfast Briefing concluded with some final thoughts and commitments by the council chief executive following a question-and-answer session and contributions submitted by participants.