New research on Economic & Social Impact of the West of Ireland creative sector

National University of Ireland, Galway has recently published a series of reports ‘Economic & Social Impact Assessment’ of the creative sector in five different regions across Europe’s Northern Edge including the West of Ireland.  The five reports are available to download here:

Funded through the EU Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme co-funded ‘a creative momentum project’, the research was conducted by Dr Patrick Collins, Dr Aisling Murtagh and Dr Ben Breen of NUIG’s Whitaker Institute and Discipline of Geography. The WDC is lead partner for this transnational project.

Silvia Guglielmini, WDC; Aisling Murtagh, NUIG; Pat Collins, NUIG; Pauline White, WDC; Leo Scarff; Leo Scarff Design at the launch of the assessment report. Photo Credit: Brad Anderson, Photo One Photography

As the report states, assessing the value of the creative sector (defined in the report as Advertising, Animation, Architecture, Craft, Cultural Facilities, Design, Film, Games, IT and Computer Services, Marketing, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Publishing, Radio, Software, TV and Visual Arts) is a complex task.

Combining existing knowledge and official statistics, with survey data (152 respondents made some reply to the online survey) and in-depth interviews with nine creative sector entrepreneurs from the region, the impact assessment presents key economic estimates but also goes beyond traditional economic measures to encompass a wider socio-economic focus.

Economic Impacts


Total direct sales of the creative sector in the Western Region amounted to €486.2 million in 2016. Making use of a multiplier, the researchers derived a total value of the sector to the Western Region of €729.2 million.

Average company sales differ across sub-sectors. The sub-sector which the researchers designate as ‘creative industries’ (Media/Advertising, Architecture/Design, R&D, Professional Services, Software & App Development) reports average sales close to twice that of enterprises in the ‘craft industries’ (Traditional Craft, Print & Recorded Media Production, Electronic Manufacturing, Other Manufacturing) and ‘cultural industries’ (Performing Arts & Education, Publishing, Film & TV).


46% of survey respondents derived some portion of their sales from exports. Across the sector this accounted for 18% of direct sales or €87.4 million. Smaller and younger companies were least likely to export their produce.

Length of establishment

The sub-sector which the researchers designate as ‘creative industries’ is the youngest sub-sector with more than half of operations surveyed less than five years old and close to 10% had been in existence for less than one year.


The analysis found that the overall creative sector in the Western Region consists of a large number of small and micro enterprises with an average of 2.6 employees per firm.

Official statistics from the CSO indicate that a total of 12,871 people were employed in the sector in the Western Region in 2015. The largest sub-sector was ‘creative industries’ (57.3%, 7,380) followed by ‘cultural industries’ (30%, 3,847) and ‘craft industries’ (12.7%, 1,644). Geographically, employment was concentrated in counties Galway (22%), and Donegal (18%).

The results of the survey suggest that employment in the overall creative sector grew in recent years. Employment in ‘cultural industries’ increased by 2.3% (2012-2015) while in ‘creative industries’ there was stronger growth of 15.8%. ‘Craft industries’ however showed no significant change.

Infographic of Economic Impacts of Creative Sector in West of Ireland

Social Impacts

The report authors note that studies have found the creative sector has a range of wider benefits and spill-over impacts. Such benefits are difficult to measure precisely, but their assessment suggests the contribution is significant. A range of wider socio-economic contributions from the creative sector in the Western Region are examined in the report:

Place-based impacts

  • The creative sector is locally embedded, facilitating strong local economy value capture. But it is also internationally and globally focused, supporting economic growth. The creative sector can contribute to re-inventing perceptions of peripheral regions as attractive, creative places to live, work and visit.
  • The qualities of creative sector entrepreneurs are an asset that facilitate harnessing of local opportunities, such as from place-based resources including culture, traditions, landscape and heritage.

Human and social capital impacts

  • Inter-sectoral mobility of creative labour, as well as strong knowledge transfer to emerging talent and other entrepreneurs, strengthens the human resource capacity of the region.
  • The open and collaborative approach of creative sector entrepreneurs builds a supportive entrepreneurial environment aligned with the concept of ‘coopetition’.
  • Creative sector entrepreneurs also contribute to positive social and community impacts.

Infographic of Socio-economic impacts of creative sector

To support the consideration of the socio-economic impacts of the sector three case studies are included in the assessment:

  • Festival impacts: Willie Clancy Summer School
  • Arts impacts: Gaeltacht areas in the Western Region
  • Tourism Impacts: Creative and cultural assets


The analysis suggests the creative sector has significant economic and social value in the Western Region of Ireland. It highlights the important role of the creative sector in supporting more balanced, sustainable development in peripheral and rural regions. The sector’s structure, composed of small locally engaged businesses, is an important part of its value.

Placing the creative sector as part of a regional development strategy can support a move away from reliance on service and primary sectors and towards a more diversified economy focusing on new sources of economic competitiveness. Synergies between the creative sector and other indigenous industry sectors, such as agriculture, the marine and tourism, provide avenues for exploration to support future sustainable growth.

The researchers conclude by noting that this is a one off report based on limited evidence. Better evidence can help to identify benefits of particular creative sub-sectors so local agencies can focus on sectors which best address specific local development needs.  To more fully capture the value and needs of the creative sector regularly published official statistics measuring key socio-economic indicators by region and creative sector are needed.

Download the report here

Pauline White

One Region One Vision Conference Video Highlights

For 2018 the Western Region will be recognised as European Entrepreneurial Region. Recognising the success of our indigenous and small enterprises. Our commitment to innovation will see us become one of the most resilient places in Europe.

The One Region One Vision Conference took place in Galway on November 28th.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) was delighted to collaborate on this conference with the North Western Regional Assembly.

According to the CEO of the WDC , Ian Brannigan, “The Western region is entering a period of real growth and as such the bringing together of key regional stakeholders and businesses is essential to optimise this opportunity. The One region One vision provides a forum for change for the region “.

One Region One Vision celebrated achievement, whilst also promoting investment in our competitiveness through Structural Funds and launching our Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy. The Conference was concluded by the Chairperson of the WDC Dr Deirdre Garvey.

So get your 2018 moving by watching the One Region One Vision inspirational speakers including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Harry Hughes of PortWest, Mary Rodgers (Portershed), Adrian Weckler (INM) and many more.


Loans available for community and not-for-profit groups at lower interest rate

  • The Western Development Commission (WDC) reduces interest rate on its Community Loan Fund to 3%
  • The fund has supported 43 projects and 867 jobs in 10 years

The Western Development Commission (WDC) will reduce the interest rate it charges on its Community Loan Fund to 3% from January 1.

This lower interest rate — down from 5% — will be available for community projects and social enterprises in the Western Region.

The fund has supported 43 projects over the 10 years since it was launched and it also supports 867 jobs, representing people employed by or in the various projects, in the Western Region.

Each year, more than 300,000 people use the facilities and/or centres supported by the fund, run by the WDC.

The WDC is a statutory body that was set up to promote both social and economic development in the Western Region. It covers Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Clare.

The WDC’s Community Loan Fund has been designed to offer community and not-for-profit groups access to capital to help these groups improve the socio-economic life of their community.

Many projects can be supported — from job creation initiatives, including the provision of enterprise space, to health and wellbeing initiatives, which improve the physical environment by providing social and recreational amenities or social care services.

Gillian Buckley, Western Development Commission, Investment Manager, said:

“The WDC is offering this low interest rate as it understands how important community projects and social enterprises are to their communities and the region. The loans can be used to create much needed social and economic facilities, such as social housing, childcare, eldercare, sports and recreation and many other projects. This low interest rate will help make these projects more sustainable by reducing the cost of repayments. The loans can also be used to provide and support employment opportunities and attract tourists to rural areas.”

 For more information, contact Gillian Buckley on + 353 87 2236 982


  • Organisations applying for the Community Loan Fund now will be granted the reduced interest rate of 3%.
  • The WDC Community Loan Fund supports 867 jobs. This number represents those employed by or in the projects e.g. some projects supported are enterprise centres, so the number includes some people employed in those enterprise centres.


More people living in the Western Region now leave the Region for work

More people living in the Western Region now leave the Region for work – analysis of Census data by the WDC shows

  • 7 out of every 10 workers (71.5%) living in the Western Region, work within the Region a decline since 2011 when 73.2% of workers in the Western Region found work in the Region.
  • Over 4,200 Western Region residents travel to work in Dublin, up by 16.9% since 2011.
  • In 2016 there was a net loss of 17,565 workers who leave the Region to work elsewhere.
  • Compared to 2011, this is an increase in the number of workers leaving the Region to work, when there was a net loss of -14,939 residents working outside of the Region.

 Of the workplace destinations outside the Western Region, the five counties of Limerick (7,948), Westmeath (4,500), Dublin (4,258), Derry (2,986) and Longford (1,730) are the most significant workplaces.

 Over 4,500 workers living in the Western Region work abroad (4,661).

Some specific county findings available at the links below:

Donegal: Close to 3,000 County Donegal residents work in Derry. (2,965).

Donegal Download the WDC Insights County Donegal Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Galway city has a net gain of nearly 16,000 workers, of which a large proportion is likely to come from county Galway where there was a net loss of just over 16,000. Galway City Download the WDC Insights Galway City Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

County Galway: One quarter of County Galway residents (25.3%) work in Galway city. Download the WDC Insights Galway County Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Leitrim: In 2016, 14.3% of workers in County Leitrim lived in County Roscommon. Download the WDC Insights County Leitrim Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Mayo: County Dublin was the place of work for 579 County Mayo residents in 2016. Download the WDC Insights County Mayo Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Roscommon: Over 1,000 (1,034) workers in County Roscommon live in County Galway. Download the WDC Insights County Roscommon Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

 Sligo: Apart from Galway city, County Sligo was the only area with a net gain in working population in 2016 (+528). Download the WDC Insights County Sligo Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

 According to Deirdre Frost, Policy Analyst, “The trends suggest that while there is an increase in the number of Western Region residents in work, it is also clear that a greater number are commuting to work to places beyond the Western Region. Enterprise and employment policy should aim to provide more employment opportunities closer to where people live.”

 Download this WDC Insights

WDC and Local authorities meet to support the Western Regional Audio-visual Producer’s Fund (The WRAP Fund )

Following the recent launch by Minister Sean Kyne of the WRAP fund (12/10/2017), today in the WDC offices, Ballaghaderreen, representatives from Donegal, Roscommon, Clare, Galway county and the Galway Film Centre , met to discuss how best to collectively progress the implementation of the fund within the west of Ireland region.

The Western Regional Audio-visual Producer’s Fund (The WRAP Fund ) is a financial mechanism to promote job creation in the region and to assist creative producers in the sector to overcome the challenges of operating in a highly competitive industry.

The WRAP Fund will support enterprise growth in the following four sub sectors in the creative industry:

• Film Production
• Television Content Production
• Animation Production
• Content Production for Gaming

The Chair of the Galway Film Centre (GFC), Celine Curtin stated that the WRAP fund was a “Unique fund “on the Island of Ireland that addresses not only the needs of the Film and TV sectors , but also those of “animation and the gaming sectors”. As such this may represent a competitive offering to support growth of existing and new entrants to these critical sectors.

Representing Donegal county council , Aideen Doherty, reiterated the need for the WRAP fund for the regional creatives , “absolutely we should do this “, stating also the need to use the opportunity afforded by the initiative to ensure a greater engagement of young people in the sector.

Whilst the WRAP fund is targeted primarily at supporting the sector in a financial manner, through the resources of the West’s very own Western Development Commission’s funds and those of the local authorities etc. it is hoped that the group will grow to also help grow the sector through indirect means. “The sector and local authorities have highlighted a number of issues that combine to also challenge the region’s growth in the film and related sectors“ stated Ian Brannigan , The acting CEO of the WDC , “However the great news is that solutions have also been identified, which the WDC is keen to assess further to see if significant growth can be unlocked”.

It should be noted that applications for the prestigious position of Development Manager for the WRAP Fund are currently being accepted.

For more details and Job Description please visit our Vacancies section at

From adversity to advantage: why 2018 could be a turning point for the West of Ireland

Conference to discuss ambition and resilience of the west and why more people are seeking escape from overheating Dublin

European Entrepreneurial Region 2018 ambassador to be Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh

The West of Ireland is offering more and more families an escape from the pressures of Dublin with a lifestyle and career to match, according to the organisers of a major conference showcasing entrepreneurialism in the region.

And with increased infrastructure such as new motorways and connectivity being put in place, the West will soon offer a viable counter-weight to the economic might of Ireland’s Dublin and Eastern region.

The One Region: One Vision conference to be held in Galway on November 28, will focus on a burgeoning movement in the West of Ireland – a growing band of entrepreneurs, business people and risk takers.

And with the region’s designation by the EU as European Entrepreneurial Region 2018, the qualities of ambition and resilience will be discussed and debated by speakers and delegates.

The event is organised by the Northern & Western Regional Assembly, the body which administers European Union funding in the western region, and by the Western Development Commission (WDC), the agency responsible for economic development of the Western region

Speakers at the Salthill Hotel will include leading business figures and entrepreneurs including Harry Hughes, Portwest CEO and EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

The conference will hear that Dublin’s economic success has had an entirely unexpected impact on the West: it is potentially quickening the speed of economic development in rural Ireland as people seek an improved quality of life including cheaper housing and reasonable commuting times.

Conference attendees will include Westport-based Portwest CEO Harry Hughes, recently named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017 at the 20th annual awards in Dublin. The company, which he runs with his brothers Cathal and Owen, is a global safety provider that designs and manufactures specialist workwear.

Other confirmed speakers are John Breslin (co-founder Galway Innovation District), Group Technology Editor of Independent News & Media (INM) Adrian Weckler and Michelle Murphy, director of national recruitment agency Collins McNicholas.

NWRA Director David Minton said: “To be a great entrepreneur, you have to be a bit of a fortune teller, able to read the proverbial tea leaves and predict what your customers will want before they know they want it.

This conference, now in its second year, will showcase those people who do just that – the people who are job by job, enterprise by enterprise, helping to change the story here in the West of Ireland, helping to drive change and re-energise the region.

“More and more people are realising that not only is Dublin and the east becoming an unsustainably expensive place to live and grow families, it is also not prudent to rely on the capital to drive the national economic agenda. There needs to an alternative.”

Ian Brannigan, CEO of the Western Development Commission, said: “As we’re seeing in Ireland, local leadership and decision making is critical when it comes to creating economic growth and delivering jobs. We need to look to our communities to develop lasting growth for themselves and future generations.”

A key topic for discussion at the One Region: One Vision conference will be the EER 2018 designation. The ambassador for EER 2018 is to be Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh. Announced in Brussels by the EU’s Committee of the Regions, the award was given to the region because it has collectively developed policies that are transforming the area ‘from adversity to advantage’, in the process making it one of the most resilient and ambitious places in Europe.

NWRA director David Minton added: “This is an amazing honour and an opportunity for a part of Ireland that has been traditionally marginalised to emerge stronger and more attractive as a place to live and work for our young people. We are thrilled that an entrepreneur of the calibre of Pat McDonagh will be its ambassador.”.

Collins McNicholas director Michelle Murphy said: “The West is alive with innovative, creative, motivated and versatile entrepreneurs which is a truly amazing asset for our region in ensuring we keep our identity as a thriving, dynamic and attractive place to start and then grow a successful business.”

Registration is available on Eventbrite (One Region One Vision) and more information is available on and

MEDIA CONTACT: Ciaran Byrne at StoryLab on 01 685 3029

New WDC Insights publications: County Labour Markets

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has just published eight new WDC Insights publications.  Each examines the labour market of a Western Region county, with Galway City and County examined separately, based on data from Census 2016.

Each of the WDC Insights outlines the Principal Economic Status of the county’s adult population, compared with the State average, as well as the sectors where the county’s residents work and how this has changed since 2011.

Selected findings include:

  • Clare: Industry accounts for 15.5% of total employment among Clare’s residents compared with the state average of 11.4%.
  • Donegal: Employment in Accommodation & Food Service grew by almost 20% since 2011, compared with 13% growth nationally. The county has the third highest share working in the sector nationally.
  • Galway City: Information & Communications employs 6.1% of the city’s residents compared with a 4.5% national average. The sector grew 36% in the city between 2011 and 2016.
  • Galway County: 16.3% of Galway County’s residents work in Industry, the fourth highest share in the State. Employment growth in the sector since 2011 in Galway County (21%) was double the national average.
  • Leitrim: Health & Social Work is the largest employment sector in county Leitrim with 13.5% working the sector, greater than the 11.1% national average.
  • Mayo: Industry and Health & Social Work are both significantly more important employers in county Mayo than nationally and were the county’s two strongest growth sectors since 2011, up 14% and 16% respectively.
  • Roscommon: Health & Social Work experienced the strongest employment growth in Roscommon between 2011 and 2016 increasing by almost a quarter (24.4%).
  • Sligo: Sligo has the highest share of employment in the Health & Social Work sector in Ireland with 15.5% of Sligo residents working in the sector.

Examining the needs and issues of the Western Region through in-depth analysis is a key part of the work of the WDC.  This analysis of the labour market of each individual county should be useful for local authorities, community groups and businesses in each county in planning for the future. It is important that we more fully understand why some of the sectoral changes in employment are taking place in the western counties, and the impact that these are having.

All eight WDC Insights can be downloaded here


Vacancy for Development Manager of WRAP Fund

Applications for the prestigious position of Development Manager for the WRAP Fund are currently being accepted. The Western Regional Audiovisual Producer’s Fund (The WRAP Fund ) is a financial mechanism to promote job creation in the region and to assist creative producers in the sector to overcome the challenges of operating in a highly competitive industry. The WRAP Fund will support enterprise growth in the following four sub sectors in the creative industry:

  • Film Production
  • Television Content Production
  • Animation Production
  • Content Production for Gaming

For more details and Job Description please visit our Vacancies section at




New €2m film fund will encourage film, TV and game industry in the West of Ireland

New €2m film fund will encourage film, TV and game industry in the West of Ireland

  • WRAP Fund to cover the film, TV, animation and game sectors
  • The €2m fund will run over a three-year period
  • Aims to create 90 direct jobs in the Western Region

A new €2 million fund to encourage the film, television, animation and game industry in the West of the country is being launched today (Thursday, October 12) in Galway, the UNESCO City of Film.

It is estimated that this investment will create 90 direct additional jobs within the industry in the Western Region.

The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund — or WRAP Fund — is an initiative of the Galway Film Centre and the Western Development Commission (WDC).

It will run over a three-year period in association with the local authorities in the counties of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

The €2m WRAP Fund will be launched at the FÍS TV Summit in Galway this afternoon by Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne.

Father Ted writer Graham Linehan is special guest at today’s FÍS Summit and one of the highlights of the day is an interview with the writer who is also behind hit television shows The IT Crowd and Black Books.

The Summit will also include a panel with the Director Generals of the main broadcasters in Ireland and another with funders from the world of video on demand (VOD).

The objective of the new WRAP Fund is to facilitate the development of, and investment in, film, television, gaming and animation projects in the Western Region.

It is hoped that it will increase the number of screen content production projects undertaken in the region, creating direct employment of 90 jobs.

As well as supporting local projects, it is hoped that the Fund will also help attract international production companies to the western region, having knock-on benefits for the wider economy and for future tourism to the region.

The WRAP Fund is aiming to support 15 development projects, with an expectation that at least 20 per cent of these would secure resources to go into full production. Around another 10 internationally funded co-productions will be supported in the region.

To be eligible for the fund, projects must demonstrate commercial potential and have a significant presence in the Western Region. The aim of investing in projects with commercial potential will allow the Fund to make a return on investment in order to create a legacy fund for future projects within the region.

Full details of the eligibility and how to apply will be available once the WRAP Fund is up and running early next year. Recruitment of a WRAP Fund Development Manager will begin in the next few weeks.

 Funding for the initiative has been ring-fenced by the WDC from its Revolving Evergreen Western Investment Fund. The local authorities in the counties involved will provide funding towards operational costs.

In the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015-2017, a commitment was made under Action 144 to “develop and implement an action plan to support the film industry in Galway and the West Region and explore the potential for a Regional Film Fund”.

This plan was written by Galway Film Centre and Galway County Council, with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Mayo County Council and Roscommon County Council.

This commitment, together with the Galway Film Centre’s role as administrator of the Galway UNESCO City of Film, has created a perfect moment for the launch of the €2m WRAP Fund.

Galway also has the largest audiovisual industry outside Dublin with more than 600 jobs and an indigenous industry worth more than €72m annually to the local economy.

Sligo recently hosted the Premiere of ‘Halal Daddy’, a feature film shot on location in Sligo while Donegal’s Malin Head has become famous the world over after being featured in ‘Star Wars’. Telegael in Galway are in post-production on Ireland’s first stop-motion animation feature, ‘Captain Morten and the Spider Queen’. *(see note below) Other film makers – such as Johnny Gogan of Bandit Films, based in Leitrim — are shooting acclaimed work in the West.

The WDC believes that the creative sector is extremely important to the Western Region, which has a rich history of significant film and television activity. It has been working to develop the industry over the years through initiatives such as the WDC’s Creative Industries Micro Loan Fund and its work with EU projects such as MyCreativeEdge.


Seán Kyne, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, said:  “I’m delighted to launch this €2 million WRAP fund at the FÍS summit here in Galway. The potential of the film, television and game industry for the West of Ireland has already been very well demonstrated by TG4 and a range of independent producers. I’m confident that this new WDC-backed fund will further develop this sector in the West bringing greater benefits in terms of job creation as well as for the creative industry. I look forward to seeing the results of the investments on our screens in the near future.”

Ian Brannigan, Acting CEO of the Western Development Commission (WDC), said:  “The WDC is very excited to be able to provide this funding to the audio visual sector. We think it has huge potential to increase sustainable employment within the sector as well as create opportunities to upskill crews working here. The benefits of the film industry to a region has been recognised for some time. As well as creating direct employment, there is an impact on the wider economy such as those providing food and accommodation during the shoots to the more long-term increase in tourism.”

Declan Gibbons, Manager of Galway Film Centre & Director of UNESCO City of Film, said: The WRAP Fund is a game changer for the audio visual and gaming sectors in the Western Region. Building on the UNESCO designation in 2014, Galway Film Centre is now delighted to partner with the WDC to roll out this fund in collaboration with all the local authorities concerned. This significant investment has the potential to provide increased content creation and continuity of work and is an immense boost to the wealth of screen talent in the region.”

For more information, please contact Martha Kearns at StoryLab on +353 87 2720212

Notes to Editor:

  • The Western Development Commission (WDC) is a statutory body promoting social and economic development in the Western Region. It was established in 1998 to cover counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
  • Founded in 1989,Galway Film Centre (GFC) is a non-profit, members based organisation dedicated to the development of film as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland.
  • The WRAP Fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre in association with the local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
  • The FÍS TV Summit is hosted by Galway Film Centre in association with TG4, the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gréasán Na Meán, Screen Training Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, GMIT, Creative Europe Galway, Mazars and the Arts Council.
  • *Stop-motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own.

Galway to host Ireland’s first Export Summit

EXPORT SUMMIT 2017- Local to Global

CLAYTON HOTEL GALWAY (9am-4pm) 9TH OF November 2017


‘Export Summit 2017- Local to Global’ was launched in County Buildings, Galway, this week as an initiative that aims to support companies that wish to either kick start or expand their export efforts.

The event is a collaborative undertaking by the Local Enterprise Offices of the West of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Western Development Commission and the IDA.

Speaking at the event’s launch, Barry Egan of Enterprise Ireland had this to say:  “Enterprise Ireland’s strategy aims to support more Irish companies with global ambition to achieve greater scale and expand their global footprint. Our strategy aims to increase client company exports to €26 billion per annum by the end of 2020 with an ambitious target to grow the level of exports to over two thirds outside the UK over the period. The ‘Export Summit – Local to Global ’ will provide companies from across the West of Ireland with a valuable opportunity to examine the potential of a range of new markets and new strategies for growing their business. This is an important event in the Region’s business calendar.”

Export Summit 2017 will incorporate a panel discussion by local companies who have successfully grown their businesses from a local to a global market. Enterprise Ireland are providing overseas country managers to outline opportunities in key markets including the UK, Northern Europe and Germany.

The afternoon includes a series of interactive workshops and presentations by keynote speakers and experts in specific markets. Supported by financial, communication and talent management professionals the event allows delegates to share best practice on growing and developing a successful export business.

Keynote speakers with a proven track-record in high level international trading (such as Damien Costello of Synecco, James Murphy of Lifes2Good and Colm Feeney of SSL Logistics) will deliver instructive advice on how to access new markets in Europe and beyond.

Export Summit also affords attendees the opportunity to network with other exporting companies, and to access Government agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, the IDA and Local Enterprise Offices – all under one roof.

Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway outlined the importance of this event for any West of Ireland business considering immediate or eventual growth into overseas markets.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for small and established businesses to meet experts and businesses that are successful in overseas markets. It will help those attending on the day to gather the knowledge and information about the supports available to help them expand into ever-expanding and increasingly competitive overseas markets”

 The event is open to all companies, either currently exporting or intend to export.

For registration and further information on Export Summit visit

or email