The Enterprise Ireland results for 2019 show that there are now 8,431 people working at Enterprise Ireland-supported companies in Galway. Nationally, Enterprise Ireland backed companies are employing almost 222,000 people, the largest number in the employment agency’s 20 year history.
For ten years now we have seen year-on-year growth at Enterprise Ireland-supported companies in Galway City and County. Ten years ago, in 2010, there were 5,267 people working at EI-backed companies in Galway. Today, that figure stands at 8,431, a 60% increase.
The increase is down to a number of factors including the development of a strong support system in Galway which includes the Galway Technology Centre, the PorterShed, the Local Enterprise Office and the local Enterprise Ireland team as well as a relentless focus on job creation by the Government.
The 2019 end of year statement from Enterprise Ireland was announced today by my Cabinet colleague, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD who also confirmed that almost two thirds of EI-supported jobs are outside of Dublin.
While the figures are hugely encouraging and welcome, we cannot be complacent with a number of challenges facing us, not least Brexit. In terms of Brexit, Enterprise Ireland is continuing to work on a one-to-one basis with its exporting clients on Brexit planning. In 2018 and 2019, the agency approved funding of €125m to its most Brexit-exposed clients.
Meanwhile, the Government’s ‘Future Jobs Ireland’ strategy, an all-of-Government plan, is helping prepare our workforce for the changes ahead and build on the progress that has been achieved in Galway and around the country.
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