Shannon Chamber Encourages Members to Seek Inward Investment for Shannon Region

In a drive to increase the flow of inward investment into the region, Shannon Chamber has linked up with ConnectIreland for a luncheon event in Dromoland Castle Hotel on Thursday, 25 February, to outline the personal and national benefits that accrue from linking potential investors with ConnectIreland.

The event, which is being sponsored by Shannon Free Zone-based Canyon CTS, specialists in providing tailored solutions to International organisations seeking to establish operations in Ireland, will run from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

ConnectIreland’s CEO Joanna Murphy will show how a simple idea and a simple ask has already attracted almost 2,000 new jobs to Ireland. Simply linking an international company, that is considering expansion, to ConnectIreland, enables them to pitch for Ireland. If that company sets up in Ireland, the ‘connector’ receives a monetary reward up to €150,000. Shannon-based Pepper Ireland made its investment decision as a result of such a linkage. Pepper Ireland’s chief executive officer & executive director, Paul Doddrell will also present at the lunch.

ConnectIreland’s CEO, Joanna Murphy will show how a simple idea and a simple ask has already attracted almost 2,000 new jobs to Ireland. Simply linking an international company, that is considering expansion, to ConnectIreland, enables them to pitch for Ireland. If that company sets up in Ireland, the ‘connector’ receives a monetary reward up to €150,000. The supports offered by ConnectIreland were a key factor in financial services firm Pepper Ireland’s decision to invest in Shannon. Pepper Ireland’s chief executive officer Paul Doddrell will also present at the lunch.

Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes, outlining the rationale for such an event, said: “As a contributor to the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs 2015-2017, we pledged, as a key stakeholder in the region, to become fully immersed in its implementation and play our part in seeking to attract investment and increase employment in the region. This linkage with ConnectIreland is driven by our desire to encourage chambers members to be alert to opportunities for converting some of their international linkages into jobs for Ireland.”

Pepper Ireland’s chief executive officer Paul Doddrell said: “Pepper entered the Irish market back in 2012 and ConnectIreland was instrumental in helping the company make the move to the Shannon region where the majority of our 400 employees are based. We also have a presence in Dublin and I’m proud to say the company continues to grow its people and its services, most recently with the launch of our new Pepper Homeloans division.”

David Evans, managing director, North America with Canyon CTS added: “At Canyon CTS, we see the tremendous potential, working alongside ConnectIreland, to attract FDI into Ireland and the Shannon region in particular. We have always been supporters of the ConnectIreland initiative and through our New York office, we have direct access and a close connection to US clients looking to expand into Ireland.”

As part of her visit to Shannon, ConnectIreland CEO Joanna Murphy will lead a special ‘networking’ evening for Women In Business which is open Shannon Chamber members and non-members. This networking event will take place in Durty Nelly’s, Bunratty, also on Thursday, 25 February, from 6p.m. – 8p.m.

Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes in encouraging female business executives to attend said: “Joanna’s wealth of entrepreneurial experience, gained through founding and successfully running two companies in the construction and civil engineering space, prior to joining ConnectIreland, involved a lot of proactive business networking. The evening is an ideal opportunity to for women in business to meet like-minded people in Durty Nelly’s.”

 

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