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Regional Enterprise

A thriving enterprise sector in the Midlands is supported by the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan. The Midlands continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country in terms of job creation, with strong performances from all sectors.

The Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan Steering Committee is focused on achieving the strategic objectives for the region, and brings together all key stakeholders in the region for a triple helix approach of industry, government and academia.

Why Midlands for Enterprise?

  • Ireland’s most connected region, bordering 5 of the other 7 regions
  • Strong infrastructure connections with the M4, M6, M7, M8 and M9 motorways and network of railway lines and public transport options.
  • 900,000 members of the labour force with 60-minutes of key urban centres
  • Younger demographic than national average with 50% under 35
  • Well-educated workforce with educational attainment levels in line with the national average
  • High proportion of foreign nationals, meaning high levels of diversity in language
  • High ratio of jobs to resident workers meaning a positive net inflow of talent with access to neighbouring regions.

Why Midlands for Enterprise?​

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Why Midlands for Enterprise?​

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Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan

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Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan

Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan 2021-2024

  • With our regional enterprise plan, the Midlands has clear objectives and actions across 3 key areas
  • Climate Action – transition to a climate neutral economy
  • Build on achievements to date in sectors in which the region has competitive advantage through Smart Specialisation and wider adoption of digitalization within business, leveraging the Technological University of the Shannon
  • Placemaking – position the Midlands as a community of choice in which to live, create, study, work, visit and invest.

Locating in the Midlands

The Midlands region is centrally located in the heart of Ireland, and is Ireland’s most connected region, bordering 5 of the 7 other regions in the country. The central location is serviced by a network of Motorways and Rail lines, meaning access to airports, coastal cities and ports are typically within an hour of the key regional urban centres.

Learn more about our region and key towns in our profiles below.

Supports in the Midlands


The Local Enterprise Offices are your local first-stop shop for seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in the Midlands. 


Enterprise Ireland work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. 


As Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland are a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting foreign direct investment into Ireland.


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