A cluster of businesses in the Newry and Mourne area has been chosen to pilot a new Invest Northern Ireland networking initiative.
The Virtual Enterprise Network (VEN) – which is being coordinated for Invest NI in the Newry area by the Centre for Competitiveness and Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency – will provide new business opportunities and facilitate networking within a cluster of SME’s from the Environmental Technology sector. Key to the success of the VEN is a specialist ICT infrastructure that will supply companies with instant networking capacity, regardless of time or location.
“The success of the Newry based Environmental Technology Cluster in stimulating positive relationships between companies within the environmental technology sector provided a firm base to pilot the Virtual Enterprise Network,” said Peter McCarron, Business Improvement Services Executive, Invest NI.
Nine organisations, currently involved in the Environmental Technology Cluster, are participating in the pilot VEN scheme, which will enable companies from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to access expert advice and information specific to their sector in addition to networking with competitors from home and export markets.
Organisations from the Environmental Technology Cluster which participated in the first Virtual Enterprise Network event included:
Eurofins Scientific Ireland Ltd
Waste Water Controls
Micro Clean Environmental
All Clear Environmental
Questor Centre Queens
ATC (Automatic and Conveyor Technologies)
The Environmental Technology Cluster is part of the Border Vision project, jointly managed by Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency and Louth County Enterprise Board. Border Vision is a cluster-focused programme primarily aimed at promoting company growth and potential through sectoral clustering. The programme aims to encourage and foster commercial links, to promote collaboration and co-operation on a cross-border basis, and to create a more sophisticated critical mass within target sectors. This programme will assist companies increase their competitiveness and successfully assert themselves in the global marketplace.
The Border Vision project is supported by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation administered by Co-operation Ireland.