As you start to think about how the Irish Midlands is the best place to help you scale globally, IDA Ireland is here to offer comprehensive pro bono support for your company. As Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland are a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting foreign direct investment into Ireland.
Supporting research and innovation
RD&I is the largest proportion of IDA’s grant funding programme. They offer a wide range of supports, including tax incentives and collaborative funding, to help your RD&I activity in Ireland. They also provide direct assistance for exploratory work ahead of longer-term R&D programmes.
Supporting your investment
IDA Ireland support your investments financially in partnership with you. Their independent Board of Directors meets every month to make decisions on supporting company investments, in strict compliance with EU state aid rules, so you get responsive help and rapid decision-making.
Skilled people at all levels are essential to your company’s evolution, whether through increasing productivity, creating new products, enhancing the leadership team’s strategic potential, evolving the business functions at your Irish site.
In the Midlands Region, the IDA support 49 companies, employing close to 7,000 people.
Transform your operations
Thinking about enhancing your operations in Ireland? They have supports available to help you avail of tools and techniques that can unlock innovation in the way you do business today – giving you the springboard to stay sustainable into the future
Strengthening your sustainability
Sustainability is everyone’s business. The ‘Go Green’ offers encourage you to adopt sustainable practices that help you enhance your environmental performance, manage your resources efficiently, achieve cost savings and improve your customers’ perception.
Advanced Manufacturing is at the heart of enterprise in the Midlands region. With many FDI and indigenous businesses attracted to the manufacturing base across the 4 counties. 23,000 people in the region are employed in the sector, which represents 18% of the workforce (national figure 12.5%).
The Midlands continues to attracted ICT businesses due to central location and a strong talent pool of ICT graduates, with the sector now prioritised as an area of smart specialisation for the region. Large employers such as Ericsson in Athlone have been joined by a rapidly expanding network of start-ups, bringing innovation across the ICT sector.
The Midlands Engineering Network, Engenuity, was established in 2017 as an exchange forum where members can build links, share experiences and undertake joint commercial activity. The cluster is based on the knowledge that Engineering firms thrive when they work to support each other.
The objective for the Midlands Food and Drink Strategy is to create a unique food and drink eco-system where local people are proud of their local produce, where companies have the capabilities and supports to create world-class hospitality and product experiences, where scaling and exporting is enabled, whilst respecting nature and our environment.