8th January 2020
Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally has reported an increase of over four percent in the number of Clare based jobs created by Enterprise Ireland supported companies in 2019.
Clare now has 4,325 people employed in companies supported by the agency.
Welcoming the results, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen TD said, “The net increase in 2019 of almost 180 jobs by Enterprise Ireland supported companies reflects the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the economic success we have achieved in recent years is enjoyed by all regions. It is telling that almost two-thirds of jobs created by Enterprise Ireland supported companies are outside Dublin.”
Minister Breen added, “The strong performance of Clare-based companies in the past twelve months reflects the ability and ambition of our local exporters to trade internationally and compete at a global level. In doing so, they make an enormous contribution to the local economy which helps to support regional development and prosperity. Enterprise Ireland has been hugely supportive of Clare enterprise over many years and I would encourage all ambitious businesses in the county to check out the fantastic suite of supports that they offer.”
In terms of the future, Minister Breen said: “Generating growth in the number of sustainable regional jobs is a core part of the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland framework and our focus remains on encouraging Irish businesses to embrace innovation with an aim of creating an even greater rate of regional employment.
”Enterprise Ireland Regional Director in the Mid-West, Jerry Moloney added, “This growth in local employment by Enterprise Ireland backed companies is positive news and supports our continuing work in attracting investment in the range of industries performing well in the county.
“Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund, the Technology Clustering Fund and Research and Development funding for businesses are essential in boosting the creation of jobs and subsequent investment in the locality.“Regional development is a strategic priority for Enterprise Ireland and while the next twelve months may be worrying for some businesses, our message is clear, our team is on hand to support their business and enhance their growth in the region.”
For further information please contact: Ciara Ahern, Press & Media Relations, Enterprise Ireland. T: 01-727 2018 / 083 8007203 Ciara.Ahern@enterprise-ireland.com
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