Minister of State Robert Troy took a virtual visit to Sligo and Leitrim this week to meet with business leaders, including SL Controls CEO Keith Moran. Robert Troy has responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital, and Company Regulation in the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment.
At the meeting, the Minister discussed export strategies as well as the challenges faced by Covid-19 and Brexit.
The Minister said: “With just 65 days to go until the Brexit transition deadline, and the continued global health crisis, supporting our exporting companies is vital. This virtual regional roadshow creates a space for all involved in Ireland’s exporting economy and those who want to grow their exporting potential the opportunity to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“There is a great degree of talent, knowledge and skill residing in the North-West that can help drive new enterprise investment and strengthen SME resilience.
“Despite the difficult business environment, I believe that through collaboration and continued support of start-ups, corporates and researchers we can help foster technological innovation, business development, and R&D activity and build on the strong track record of achievement in the region.”
Aidan McKenna, Enterprise Ireland Regional Director, also attended the virtual meeting. He said the export strategies of SL Controls and other local businesses are making a positive impact on jobs and growth in the region.
“Powering the Regions is Enterprise Ireland’s strategic response to deliver stronger regional enterprises that provide sustainable employment opportunities and local prosperity as well as making an even greater contribution to Ireland’s economic growth and international impact,” Mr McKenna said.
SL Controls CEO Keith Moran said: “The export growth potential in this region of Ireland is substantial. I welcomed the opportunity to discuss this with the Minister as well as our export strategy here at SL Controls and how we have adapted our business to deal with the challenges of Covid-19 and the changing business landscape created by Brexit.”