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New Regional Enterprise Plan for the North-East

New Plan is one of nine Regional Enterprise Plans being launch by Minister Humphreys to drive enterprise growth in the regions

Minister also announces that EMCA is moving into the Cootehill Enterprise and Technology Centre creating 42 jobs

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, today launched a new Regional Enterprise Plan for the North-East in Cootehill, Co. Cavan to support enterprise growth and job creation through collaborative initiatives.

The development of the North-East Plan, incorporating counties Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, was overseen by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, working with stakeholders from the North-West region, through a regional stakeholder Committee chaired by Mr. Richard Hanlon, Senior Vice President, Vesta Payment Solutions.

The North-East Plan identifies five Strategic Objectives, with actions to: leverage the full extent of skills and talent in the North-East to encourage more enterprise investment; develop the skills and knowledge base in the region; strengthen SME resilience; foster greater collaboration and clustering in niche industries; and enhance the attractiveness of the North-East as a place to visit.

The North-East Plan is one of nine Regional Enterprise Plans being launched by Minister Humphreys right across the country.

Speaking at the Cootehill Enterprise and Technology Centre, which has recently secured an anchor tenant, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys said:

The collaboration in evidence here in Cootehill is a great example of what these new Regional Enterprise Plans are fundamentally about. The Plan for the North-East that I am launching today sets out a number of key strategic areas where regional stakeholders working together will provide a basis for future enterprise development and job creation that is sustainable in the longer term.

I am pleased to note that jobs growth has been strong in all regions, including here in the North-East. There are 8,200 more people at work today in the border region than at the beginning of 2015, when the Government first launched regional jobs plans, and the unemployment rate has reduced from 8.6 percent down to 3.8 percent.

Read the full Press Release here