WDC and Sligo Business Network London Promote Western Region to Key London-Irish Influencers.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) and the Sligo Business Network London (SBN) will promote Sligo and the Western Region as an attractive location for enterprise at an influential networking event for Sligo people who have made London their business base. The event, part of the WDC’s continuing work on positioning the West for economic recovery, will take place in London on June 9th and businesses based in Sligo and neighbouring counties are invited to participate by providing special promotional offers for distribution at the event.

Joanne Grehan, Regional Development Executive at the WDC said: “The WDC is delighted to partner with the SBN for this unique opportunity to engage directly with important decision makers and business interests. Many people from Sligo and surrounding counties have established successful businesses and hold senior positions in large companies in London. This event presents a great opportunity for the WDC to build on the success of LookWest.ie in promoting the Western Region as a great place to live, work and do business.”

Andy Rogers, founder and Chairman of SBN London said: “The Sligo Business Network has been growing over recent years and our activities include networking opportunities for members and encouraging investment and business start-ups in Sligo. We facilitate businesses from Sligo to promote themselves in the UK and we highlight the benefits of Sligo as an economically advantageous business location. This is also a key objective of the WDC so we are delighted to work with them in spreading that message.”

Both organisations believe that there are significant advantages to be gained from tapping into the Diaspora network based in London who can themselves act as ambassadors for the Western Region and ultimately help drive economic recovery and job creation.

The WDC welcomes the opportunity to create links with people who are actively considering a move for themselves or their business to the Western Region. “We encourage people from the West particularly those from Sligo to let their friends and relatives living in London know about the event. We also work closely with IT Sligo so their alumni in London are also encouraged to join us for the event”, Ms Grehan added.

“In the trying times of the present economy, such networking with supportive diaspora groups is a vital part of ensuring good communications and business partnering,” said Mr Rogers. He added: “As a UK member of the Global Irish Network (set up by the Government following the Global Irish Economic Forum in Farmleigh) I believe that the London event is an integral part of the Network’s role in facilitating greater strategic and practical interaction between Ireland and leading business figures within the global Irish community.”

People interested in finding out more can contact Andy Rogers on 00 44 7785 920810 / sligobusinessnetwork@gmail.com or Joanne Grehan 086 856 5802 / joannegrehan@wdc.ie

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For further information please contact: Andy Rogers, Sligo Business Network, 00 44 7785 920810, sligobusinessnetwork@gmail.com or Joanne Grehan, Western Development Commission, 086 856 5802