Roscrea Business and Innovation Park “one of the foremost sites available in Ireland for foreign direct investment “according to IDA Ireland.
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce welcomes launch of Roscrea Business Park
The Chamber has since the announcement to abolish Shannon Development in 2012, been lobbying all relevant agencies to secure the lands for industrial development for the town.
The Chamber was particularly concerned when the lands were offered for private sale by the Shannon Airport Authority, who had no role in industrial development in the region.
The Chamber is delighted that their efforts has resulted in the County Council securing the site for the development of the town.
The Chamber is confident that with the Council’s involvement and efforts, that everything possible will be done to secure the development on the lands. The involvement of IDA and Enterprise Ireland is seen as key to achieving this.
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce Members & Guests
Michael Madden, Seamus Brown Jerry Maloney Enterprise Ireland, Brian Colclough, Brian King,
A 26-acre park primed for development on the outskirts of Roscrea town owned by Tipperary County Council was officially launched by outgoing Cathaoirleach Seamus Hanafin on Wednesday last 22 June. The Council acquired the fully serviced site which offers potential for some 225,000 sq. ft. (20,900 sq. m.) of manufacturing, service and office space adjacent to the M7 motorway from Shannon Commercial Properties last year. The property which has since undergone enhancement works will now be actively promoted by IDA to attract large scale foreign direct investment and jobs into Roscrea and by Enterprise Ireland to large scale indigenous industry.
The launch was attended by members of the Oireachtas, Tipperary County Council, Enterprise Ireland, Roscrea Chamber, LIT, Education & Training Board Tipperary, Local Enterprise Office, North Tipperary Leader Partnership, Invest Tipperary, Roscrea Stands Up, the Community Action Plan Enterprise Group and numerous business interests.
Addressing the attendees, Cathaoirleach Seamus Hanafin said he was particularly pleased to officiate at the launch of the Roscrea Business and Innovation Park. “In my role as Caithearlach over the past year, I have had a number of engagements with the IDA and industrialists that have chosen Ireland and Tipperary as a location for their business for example First Data and Amneal Pharmaceuticals . The key determinants are firstly, a suitable property solution and secondly the people required to run the business.” The Cathaoirleach said. “ The feedback that I have received is that (surprisingly) there aren’t many greenfield sites available nationally with the appropriate zoning, internal infrastructure and proximity to major arterial routes for vehicular, goods and air transport. The Roscrea Business and Innovation Park is the ideal property solution for an FDI client or an indigenous company looking to relocate to a greenfield site and build a facility to 21st century standards. Roscrea Business and Innovation park complements Ballingarrane Science and Technology Park in Clonmel and Tipperary County Council will shortly commission a suite of marketing materials to promote Tipperary as the premier location for business and Inward Investment ” Councillor Hanafin said.
In conclusion the Cathaoirleach welcomed the recent announcemt by Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor that Tipperary will lead 3 out of 16 successful Regional Competitive Funds having secured almost €200k under the Action Plan For Jobs to progress an Artisan Food Initiative to establish a cluster of fledgling food exporters across 5 counties, a project to develop a Digital Media and Gaming Corridor linking Clonmel and Thurles in addition to an innovative Agritech initiative and symposium.
Speaking at the launch, Jerry Moloney - Director South/South East & Mid West Regions, Enterprise Ireland said that “Roscrea is centrally located in the heart of Ireland, the area has an educated workforce and has good infrastructure and access to the M7. Tipperary County Council has a pro-business approach, all the essential elements to support the establishment or expansion of indigenous enterprise are available in Roscrea” the Enterprise Ireland Director said.
Tipperary County Council Chief Executive Joe Mac Grath in his address thanked all of those who assisted in bringing this valuable site back to the market and noted that “ Since 2014 Tipperary Co Co has been at the forefront of business support and development through our Local Enterprise Office , which acts as a “First Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information and support relating to starting or growing a business in the county. Since the establishment of the Local Enterprise Office, 105 businesses have been approved assistance amounting to €2,021,486. These grants have leveraged a private capital investment of €8.1m and will result in the creation of at least 267.5 new jobs. In addition 106 firms have been paid €1,366,873 in grant aid to date. This year demand for support has been strong and the LEO has processed 31 grant applications and approved assistance amounting to €451,829 for 25 projects. These grants will leverage private capital Investment of €1.9M and result in the creation of at least 65.5 new jobs”, the Chief Executive said.
Mr Mac Grath in conclusion said he was confident that Roscrea will be successful in attracting new investment and jobs and assured the audience that “ while acknowledging the very significant challenge,the Council and all those associated with today’s launch have ambitious plans for the area and will do everything possible to ensure that the district reaps real benefits in the longer term”.
Speaking at his first official function as Leas Cathaoirleach of the Templemore Thurles Municipal District, Michael Lowry welcomed the launch of the business park and highlighted an award by the Department of the Environment to Tipperary County Council of €10,000 which can now be used to progress the development of Community led enterprise space in the town. “Next week Roscrea Chamber with the support of Tipperary County Council are holding a brain storming session with all of the relevant stakeholders to explore the potential of Community led workspace solutions for Roscrea and I would encourage all interested parties to attend the meeting on Wednesday evening 29 June between 7pm and 9pm here at the Racket Hall”, the Councillor said.
“Roscrea Chamber will play a key role going forward in terms of supporting IDA, EI and Tipperary Co Co in their endeavours to attract a significant foreign direct or large scale indigenous business to the town. I am also aware that they are about to embark on another exciting project with Connect Ireland with the support of the Diaspora Engagement fund and I wish them well with that too” Councillor Lowry continued.
Following the launch, guests were taken on a tour of the Roscrea Business and Innovation Park
which looked every bit the ideal property solution in the evening sunshine.