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South East Business Expo

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This South East Business Expo is designed to bring together the key stakeholders from Business, Industry, Academia and Government to discuss and debate the key issues facing the region.


The economy of the South East (SE) region is now recovering strongly from the lows of 2012 and there has been strong and sustained GDP growth and declines in unemployment.

Areas Covered:

Carlow

Kilkenny

Sth Tipperary

Waterford

Wexford

South Wicklow

Across the region there are a number of flagship developments recently that are likely to feed through into economic growth such as a major new employer West Pharma commencing operations, MSD’s investment in Carlow, the New Ross bypass, the resumption of UK flights at Waterford Airport, the mooted investment in the Waterford/S.Kilkenny North Quays, the Questum centre in Clonmel, Smithwick’s Visitor Experience in Kilkenny, all of which is underpinned by greater coordination between the region’s local authorities and chambers of commerce. The structural economic issues within the region will be a core part of the themed seminars including insights into investment in higher education capacity, acute hospital services, IDA and Enterprise Ireland (EI) activity drives ever lower job quality. The region faces economic headwinds shared with the State (such as Brexit and the fragile EU recovery); but the structural economic issues within the region continue to assert themselves as the dominant economic trend.

Key Themes

Food & Beverage

Tourism

Manufacturing

Lean Business

Jobs & Careers Expo

Professional Services

Construction

Technology/ICT

Sustainability

Brexit

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