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Companies from Ireland and Midlands attend Joining the Dots launch

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Midlands Engine team have welcomed a delegation from the South West of Ireland at the Manufacturing Technology Centre for the launch of the ‘Joining the Dots’ programme.

Joining the Dots is a British Embassy led programme that promotes economic links and opportunities between regions of the UK and the South West and West of Ireland.

The programme also aims to make recommendations to promote stronger partnerships and collaboration between the two regions.

The 45 companies and organisations involved come from a variety of sectors, including agri-tech, ICT, cyber, precision engineering and manufacturing, and financial services.

Join the dots launch

After a tour of the conference centre, delegates saw the signing of a partnership agreement between them and the Irish Manufacturing Research, and then attended the report launch.

The delegation met with local businesses and stakeholders in the Midlands to learn more about scaling in the Midlands, as well as investing and buying in the UK regions.

Karen Ball, head of DIT’s Midlands Engine Investment Hub, said: “The South West of Ireland and the Midlands share interests in fast growing sectors such as manufacturing and IT and the visit is a true representation of these shared interests.

“I hope to see many more visits like today’s and with the UK launch of Joining the Dots initiative. I am confident that our two regions will continue to work closely to find new partnerships and collaborations to boost economic growth and innovation.”


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