Business leaders meet with local political representatives in advance of budget

Meeting...John Brennan of Ibec.
Meeting...John Brennan of Ibec.

Business leaders in the west this week met with local political representatives to outline their blueprint for economic development in the region – ahead of the upcoming budget.

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, outlined key investment and planning priorities for the west along with measures needed in that budget to support the region’s future growth.

Ibec Regional Director for the West John Brennan listed the crucial areas that had to be fast-tracked for success.

“Connectivity, skills development and infrastructure provision must be prioritised, now more than ever, to mitigate the impact of Brexit and strengthen our competitive position,” he said.

“It is imperative that business takes the opportunity to liaise with policy-makers in setting priorities to support business and drive development of the region.

“Meeting with the political representatives in the West gives the business community a platform to do that and help bring the region to a new phase of growth and prosperity,” he added.

Mr Brennan said that successful businesses were central to the West’s economic prospects and to the creation of a thriving regional economy – but that they were dependent on a strong infrastructure network.

“Investment in infrastructure is necessary to support job creation and the development of the region’s economy,” he said.

“Poorly developed infrastructure is leading to bottlenecks and traffic congestion in parts of the region. Traffic congestion imposes costs on business, increasing average journey times and acting as a hindrance to attracting skilled staff and competing for inward investment.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.