The Fine Gael TD who was appointed Minister for Employment and Small Business in May last year said, “The number of new jobs, full and part-time, in Enterprise Ireland supported Clare businesses increased by three per cent in 2016 - the largest increase in Munster after its two large cities. In fact the Mid -West as a whole showed the greatest increase in EI supported employment last year, with a net gain of more than 1,000 jobs,” said Minister Breen.
“The 2016 results of 19,244 new jobs created in total is a great result. Over the past year employment in EI supported companies has grown in all regions, with 65% of all jobs created outside Dublin. Every region has benefitted from these jobs.I’m delighted that the Mid-West has a net gain of 6% in its employment created. Clare has a net gain of 3%,” he added.
Minister for Small Business and Employment, Pat Breen TD said he was also looking forward to EI’s 2017-2020 Strategy – Build Scale, Expand Reach.
“The strategy builds on the success of recent years and sets new, ambitious targets for jobs growth of 60,000 and to increase exports by €5billion to €26bn per year by 2020, with a major focus on the Eurozone,” he said.
“As in recent years I expect many of thousands of these new jobs to be delivered into the regions, including the Mid-West. County Clare, I believe, is particularly well placed for further growth given its unique location between two major universities and its own international airport.
“I will, as I have to date, make potential investors aware of the investment potential of this county and the supporting infrastructure, talent pool and ideal location for access to the EU it has to offer,” he said.
Notes to Editors
2014 -2016 Strategy- ‘Delivering Jobs, Driving Enterprise’
Despite global economic challenges, Enterprise Ireland attributes the strong performance by Irish businesses over the last three years to an improving entrepreneurial climate for start-ups, dynamic Irish companies innovating and scaling up in key sectors such as food, fintech, business process outsourcing, non-food manufacturing, ICT and construction.
Some of the key outcomes* from the past three years include:
*see full End of Year Statement for further detail including reference to Shannon company €3m MODULAR EXPANSION
Technology: Modular Automation,
a supplier of automation solutions
for medical device and technology multinationals, expanded its Shannon, Co Clare headquarters in September.
2017-2020 Strategy – ‘Build Scale, Expand Reach’
The success achieved over the last three years gives Enterprise Ireland a strong platform from which to launch its new 2017 – 2020 strategy for Irish enterprise.
Enterprise Ireland has set ambitious targets for its client companies, against a background of unprecedented global challenges and uncertainty:
Priorities for Enterprise Ireland will be:
Driving innovation in Irish enterprise to unprecedented levels through new supports to reach the target of €1.25bn in R&D expenditure per annum by 2020.
Improving the competitiveness of Irish companies through our Lean programmes and new client engagement model, which will provide targeted supports.
Increasing the reach of client company exports into new markets, with two-thirds of exports going beyond the UK.
Major focus on the Eurozone, targeting a 50 per cent increase in exports.