Minister Bruton to convene third South East Forum as IDA site visits to the region almost triples

27th March, 2013

 

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr.
Richard Bruton TD, will tomorrow (28th March) convene the third
meeting of the South East Forum in Waterford. The forum was established by
Minister Bruton to drive implementation of the South East Employment Action
Plan. The forum represents 24 agencies and key stakeholders. 

Among the developments in the South East since the
establishment of the Forum are:

·        Following a
commitment in the South East Plan to bring a particular focus to the region, IDA
Ireland has dramatically stepped up its focus on the South East with 26 site
visits by potential investors to Waterford in 2012 (compared to a total of 11 in
2010). Site visits to the entire South East have increased from 16 in 2010 to 46
in 2012.

·        Among a
range of jobs announcements for the region, Eishtec created 280 jobs in
Waterford city, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
through  Enterprise Ireland, as well as 250 jobs the company announced for
Wexford

·        A major
focus has been put on stimulating start-ups in the region, including a €200k
Competitive Fund and business development managers for 5 community enterprise
centres

Minister Bruton said:

“The South East has suffered disproportionately from
unemployment over the years, and shortly after taking office I established the
South East Forum with a plan to address these problems. In the South East
Employment Action Plan we committed to bring a particular focus to the region,
by bringing together all the key State bodies together to pursue initiatives to
support job-creation in the South East.


“Since then we have seen major progress, including several
significant jobs announcements and a tripling of the number of site visits by
IDA Ireland.


“I will
continue to work with the South East forum, with all regional stakeholders and
with members of the Oireachtas to ensure continued implementation of the South
East action plan, and I am determined to ensure that through our work we will
continue to see increased job-creation in the South East”.
Notes to
Editors:

This is Minister Bruton’s 12th visit to
the South East and his 8th visit to Waterford in 24 months in office.
Minister Bruton has also convened two Action Plan for Jobs Regional Business
Forums, one in Wexford and Waterford.

Among the developments in the South East since the
establishment of the Forum are:

·        Following a
commitment in the South East Plan to bring a particular focus to the region, IDA
Ireland has dramatically stepped up their focus on the South East with 26 site
visits by potential investors to Waterford in 2012 (compared to a total of 11 in
2010). Site visits to the entire South East (Waterford, Wexford, Carlow,
Kilkenny and Tipperary) have increased from 16 in 2010 to 46 in
2012.

·        Eishtec
created 280 jobs in Waterford city, supported by the Department of Jobs,
Enterprise and Innovation Enterprise Ireland, as well as 250 jobs in Wexford

·        A further 65
Enterprise Ireland-supported new jobs were in Waterford by Dawn Meats as a
result of a 5 year €300m contract with McDonald’s restaurants;

·        Danone Baby
Nutrition in Wexford announced an investment of €20m in its manufacturing
facility which will create around 45 new jobs at its plant.

·        A major
focus has been put on stimulating start-ups in the region. There was a
competitive call for feasibility funding for new start-ups in the South East
region. Funding of up to €20,000 per project will be made available for 10
proposals by Enterprise Ireland; 5 community enterprise centres have been
approved funding for business development managers.

·        Science
Foundation Ireland has funded 8 research awards to Waterford Institute of
Technology.

·        Enterprise
Ireland piloted a Graduate Placement Programme in the South East with 12
companies