Business Networking & Information Event in East Galway
Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform will attend a Business, Networking & Information Event as guest speaker on Monday 9th December at 2.30 in Gullanes Hotel & Conference Centre.
Cllr Aisling Dolan, Fine Gael candidate in the Roscommon-Galway constituency has invited the Minister to East Galway to highlight the potential for development and expansion in this region which also spans South Roscommon. Ballinasloe is currently attracting a lot of interest as it has planning in place for an advance manufacturing enterprise facility of 15,000 sq ft ready for development.
With a new streetscape planned for completion in May 2020, the new business association is preparing for a drive to encourage new industry to consider this region as a prime location. Cllr Dolan noted ‘ Béal Atha na Slua – Ballinasloe is the mouth of the crowds the meeting point – the crossing from Roscommon to Galway. With fantastic transport access East to West on the M6 motorway, rail links we are less than 30 minutes to Galway city and 15 minutes to Athlone. Fibre broadband has also been rolled out to Ballinasloe and Roscommon towns. In terms of training, I sit on the board of Galway-Roscommon Education Training Board and we have the Ballinasloe College of Further Education working with Solas, the Further Education & Training Authority, to respond quickly to employer needs for upskilling employees.
On the tourism side we are part of the Hidden Heartlands and promoting healthy and active activities with River Suck running North to South into the Shannon and following ancient walkways such as the Hymany Way, a recently funded trail under Minister Michael Ring’s National Walks Scheme. Project Ireland 2040 targets balanced regional development as a key objective and the region of East Galway and Roscommon is ready and open for investment. Come talk to us!’
Seamus Duffy, chairperson of Ballinasloe Area Community Development (BACD) noted ‘Fantastic opportunities for companies who are considering expansion here in Ballinasloe. Recent investment in co-working spaces at the newly developed Ballinasloe Library with Galway County Council are full and shows the entrepreneurship mindset in our town. The Pulse Club, led by Brian King, is a dynamic forum which supports these companies through networking and mentorship. I am glad to now see further engagement at a government level to build on these initiatives and showcase our potential in this region'
This event is open to all and particularly business interests in the area to identify potential for expansion in this region. Minister Donohoe will be providing an overview of the current state of the economy, recent budget changes and future impact of Brexit along with supports for enterprises. If interested in coming along to the Pulse Club – First Tuesday of the month meetings happen upstairs in the new Ballinasloe library. Find out more on what Ballinasloe has to offer at www.ballinasloe.ie
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