Great seeing our Network Manager Theresa Mulvihill representing LINC in the Midlands UK this week meeting with a very high calibre of delegates and speakers from across the UK Midlands including representatives of government, industry and academia, joining the dots and making new connections.
“Last November in Cork, together with the Tánaiste and Cork Chamber, I launched ‘Joining the Dots’, the UK – South West Ireland programme to promote stronger business partnerships and collaboration. The accompanying report clearly showed the untapped potential for economic co-operation between our regions. This was reflected in the energy and enthusiasm among the participants that day, including our Honorary Prosperity Consul for South West Ireland, Mark Hutchinson, who all saw the potential to develop new UK-Ireland links.
This is the phase of Joining the Dots in the UK, in the Midlands. This is a region with deep and valued Irish links, world-class businesses and ambitious growth plans. Nowhere epitomises this more than the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, which bridges the space between research and industry, supports the commercial application of new technologies and also focuses on upskilling and training. It is truly a fitting venue for this launch.
The delegation includes major global companies and innovative indigenous firms spanning manufacturing, agri-tech and financial services. In addition to a strong Cork contingent, I am also pleased to welcome senior business and government representatives from Limerick, Kerry and elsewhere in Ireland, and of course national organisations like Ibec and the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, also – LINC Engineering Network.