By Joe Barrett
Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation Robert Troy met with representatives from the Midland Regional Enterprise Plan Office on Tuesday 14 September at the Beale Centre in Mountmellick.
Minister Troy said: “I am very pleased to be here today to meet with chairperson Anne Cusack and representatives from the Midland Regional Enterprise Plan Office. Collaboration is a key element to the success of these new Regional Enterprise Plans, and I am delighted with the progress that is being made by regional stakeholders on the development of the new Midland Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024.”
The Minister also had the opportunity to meet with local businesses supported by Laois Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland to see first-hand the work that is being done to support enterprise development on the ground. He continued his visit of Laois stopping in Portlaoise to visit the CUBE, a developing multi-point incubation hub and Low Carbon Centre of Excellence also supported under Enterprise Ireland’s REDF.
Speaking at the CUBE the Minister said: “The CUBE has come into being because of this funding and is addressing a need for an incubation hub for low carbon businesses in the Midlands, enabling access to facilities and supports with which to start a new low carbon business or indeed to grow an existing one.”
Chief Executive of Laois County Council John Mulholland said: “The council has been strong and steadfast in its support for the development of the Beale Centre, The Kitchens in Mountmellick and the CUBE in Portlaoise.
“The CUBE also seeks to distinguish itself as a low carbon centre of excellence in the region and position the Midlands as a destination of choice in which to develop a low carbon business with excellent linkages to research, development and innovation networks across Ireland and further afield. In the short term it will develop strong synergies with the Portlaoise Low Carbon Town Project, the local business community and will strive to act as an example for other towns across the country.”
The Minister also took the opportunity to visit the Vision 85 Business Hub one of many hubs supported by the Enterprise Ireland, Enterprise Centres Fund in November 2020.