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One in five Mayo businesses are at a start-up stage and 78 per cent of businesses in the county say they expect to grow over the next 12 months.
Failure to embrace cloud technology has put small firms in Mayo at a competitive disadvantage compared to Dublin companies, a new SME survey has revealed.
Loughrea received a jobs boost with the recent news that Lightnet, a broadband supplier to Galway and Clare is to create seven posts as part of a one million euro investment into its network.
The Mayor’s Ball, which supports the Athlone Community Taskforce Project Opportunity in a Million, takes place in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on Friday March 20 at 7.30pm.
Loughrea based broadband company Lightnet is investing €1 million to expand coverage and services in 2015. It is expected seven new jobs will be created by the company this year.
Location: Edgeworthstown, Co Longford
Monday’s meeting of Galway County Council meeting began on an extremely positive note with councillors clamouring to be associated with Apple’s announcement that it was constructing a new data centre in Athenry. Special mention was given to local area councillor Peter Feeney who was singled out by a number of representatives for doing trojan work to attract industry to the locality.
The lack of proper broadband infrastructure in the county is delaying new investment and current enterprises from expanding, it was said this week. At the February meeting of the economic development and enterprise support strategic policy committee of Mayo County Council the issue was raised by a number of councillors.
Eighty-four locations across east Galway and Connemara will remain without high speed fibre optic broadband, with no guarantee that services will improve in the sort to medium term.
The Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF), the IBECgroup that represents the telecoms sector, today called on companies and individuals in the West to engage in the Department of Communications consultation on high speed broadband, which closes next Thursday February 12. Last year, the Department announced a major initiative to subsidise a high speed broadband (30Mbps) network to ensure every home and business is covered. To benefit, it's important that people check to see if they are covered by the existing plans.