WDC calls on companies to Network at Meet West Initiative

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is encouraging companies throughout the Western Region to participate in the inaugural Meet West business event which takes place in the Galway Bay Hotel on November 21st and 22nd. Organised by Local Authorities, County Enterprise Boards, the Enterprise Development Agencies and Chambers of Commerce from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and supported by the WDC, this regional event will be held annually for the next four years.

Paul Keyes, of the WDC said, “The Meet West initiative represents a major networking and business development opportunity for Western based companies. Up to 400 companies are expected to attend this unique event where they will get to learn more about doing business with each other, and doing more business nationally and internationally.

“Because of the WDC’s focus on fostering and promoting economic development in the Western Region, we are very conscious of how important international and indigenous companies are for this Region. We are delighted to support Meet West because it is closely aligned with the WDC/Local Authority initiative to build business connections and opportunities within the Region and with the Region’s Diaspora.”

The theme of the conference on the first day is ‘Growing your Business’ and speakers include business leaders who have brought their businesses to national and international markets from their bases in the West of Ireland. Workshops on that day will feature practical demonstrations and advice for companies wishing to enter into new markets on topics such as exporting, procurement in the public and private sectors and tax credits for research and development. Day one will close with a networking dinner at which An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. will be guest of honour.

Ian Brannigan, WDC Acting Chief Executive added, “We are also looking forward to the second day of the Meet West event, which will offer all delegates the chance to attend pre-arranged networking meetings. The organisers have brought in networking experts and specialised software to facilitate this element of the event and it will introduce many delegates to a new style of business development.

“We believe that sustainable economic growth and employment in the Region will come from a number of sectors which are already well represented in the Western Region. These include medical devices, renewable energy, tourism, creative industries and food and we are strongly urging companies operating in these sectors throughout the Region to take part in this unique business experience. It promises to be a major learning opportunity for all and to create a momentum for further economic growth. We have significant resources and lots of business talent in the West and Meet West will be a fantastic way to share knowledge, experience and our common plans for the future.”

The WDC will have a stand at Meet West and for further information about the event or to book your place log on to www.meetwest.ie or contact your local County Enterprise Board or County Development Board.


For further information please contact:

Paul Keyes, Western Development Commission, 094-98-61441 or 086-6048014
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 806 2540