The UK launch of the British Embassy-led programme ‘Joining the Dots’ took place on Wednesday at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry and is the second phase in the programme, following a successful launch in November 2018 with Cork Chamber. The report identifies areas for growth and offers concrete recommendations on how to promote stronger business partnerships and collaboration between the southwest of Ireland and the UK.

Representatives from Kerry attended the launch a new programme which is led by the British Embassy in Ireland and aims to promote closer links between regions of the UK and the southwest of Ireland. The delegation included Kerry County Council and major global companies and innovative indigenous firms including Fexco, Liebherr, the Agri-Tech Centre of Excellence and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Launching the report, the British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett, said that the large Irish delegation shows the strong appetite for economic cooperation and partnership.

‘Today’s report launch is the next stage in our Joining the Dots journey and builds on the enthusiasm shown at the Irish launch in Cork last year. For companies in the South West of Ireland, the report highlights that the UK remains a key target market with untapped opportunities. Similarly, Ireland is seen as a logical first step for many UK companies seeking to test their capability in overseas markets.’

Mr. Barnett continued: “The South west of Ireland is a region with an exciting future and the strength and quality of the delegation is a testament to the appetite for this initiative. I am delighted that in addition to a strong Cork contingent, we are welcoming senior business and government representatives from Limerick, Kerry and elsewhere in Ireland.”

The report launch was followed by two panel discussions where attendees heard from Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council discuss the subject of ‘Creating thriving regional economies’ and from and Pat O’Leary, Liebherr, on ‘Doing business in the Midlands and South West of Ireland.’

Speaking about the event, Moira Murrell said: ‘Regional development and closer links with regions in other countries is a critical part of economic development for rural counties like Kerry. As our closest neighbour and one of our largest trading partners, increased linkages and connections with the regions of the UK are vital at the present time.

‘This event gave us an opportunity to highlight key economic initiatives in the county as well as learning from regions in the UK about what they are doing to create jobs, attract investment and sustain enterprise.’

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