Mayo’s moving faster for digital start-ups

target sector digital

“Take the time to find the right location – the options are fantastic. Mayo fosters a start-up culture for business like no other place I’ve been to”.

Paul McBride, VP & General Manager, Lionbridge

 

 

Mayo’s enterprise agencies are actively supporting the development of a cluster of digital technology companies in the county. The Enterprise and Investment Unit (EIU) of Mayo County Council has identified it as one of a number of emerging business sectors likely to drive future economic development and employment creation.

For Paul McBride, general manager of Lionbridge Technologies in Ballina, Mayo makes sense for digital technology companies. “We decided to locate in Mayo because it provided the perfect environment for a young start-up company like Lionbridge. Great outdoor life, vibrant local communities, excellent colleges and support structures meant we were able to scale our business in a short period of time with the skills we needed,” he said.

 

“Investment support throughout all phases of growth was available and because we were one of a smaller number of companies setting up in the region, the attention we received was equivalent to that a substantially larger operation would receive in a city location”.

Mayo has a number of software, digital media, cloud computing, IT support and data services companies already resident, including CBE Software, CMS Peripherals Ireland and the Lafferty Group.

In 2014 the county hosted two major tech conferences: the Surf Summit for tech entrepreneurs, held directly after the Dublin Web Summit, and the Drones and Data Conference in Castlebar.  

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