By Ronan Dodd
JOB investment in North Tipperary was given a boost this Monday night with Labour election candidate and MEP Alan Kelly announcing a E1m fund to support high potential export businesses.
Mr Kelly launched the Invest North Tipp partnership, which comprises investment companies Ronoc and Tolisons Private Equity, which will see State agencies and entrepreneurs working with him to create create enterprises to keep people within the county. The main crtieria for qualifying for support is that the company must be based in North Tipperary, either by already being here or by relocating to the area.
“Companies must be prepared to locate in North Tipperary. This money is ringfenced for North Tipperary, not for anywhere else,” he emphasised, adding that it could work anywhere, in any village.
The initiatve is designed to bring what Mr Kelly described as “jobs of the future to North Tipperary” in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, ICT and cleantech, including renewable energy and waste-enery conversion.
“We have to look at ways we can create a platform of sustainable employment and think of ways of marketing North Tipperary for investment. We can only do that by identifying the best talent in the future growth sectors and give them the right kind of support to see them establish locally. ,” said Mr Kelly.
The Ireland South MEP commissioned a study last year of 204 companies aimed at unblocking obstacles to growth that companies face.