What is the EER?
The EER is a project run by the Committee of the Regions, which is one of the 7 pillar institutions of the European Union. The Committee of the Regions, identifies and awards an EU region which shows an outstanding and innovative approach to Entrepreneurial supports and activities, irrespective of its size or wealth.
Back in April 2017 the NWRA applied on behalf of our region for this award and in September 2017 we were delighted to find out we were successful in our bid!
It’s important to note, our success wasn’t down to our application, but can be attributed to the work already being carried out by Enterprise Ireland, The Local Authorities, The Local Enterprise Offices, UnaG, Westbic, WDC, ERNACT and indeed all the agencies within our region who help promote entrepreneurship in the Northern and Western Region.
Our application was supported by the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Ring, MEPs, All LA s in the region and indeed all the relevant National, Regional, Local and Sectoral stakeholders who work directly and indirectly with our region’s Entrepreneurs.
Our geographical location and economic challenges over the last ten years have made the life of an entrepreneur in the Northern and Western Region very difficult. Our application used our adversities to highlight our resourcefulness in the region and how Ireland and in particular the Northern and Western Region are now seeing unprecedented levels of entrepreneurial activity.
Our region is one of the most vibrant and creative places in the world. From family-run enterprises to innovative new technologies, entrepreneurship underpins the success of our communities and resilience of our people. Our aim in applying for this EER award was to recognise this.
There are six high technology clusters in our region: Medical Devices, Biopharmaceuticals, Chemical and Materials Processing, Computer Hardware Manufacturing, Software and Communications Services. The North Atlantic Ocean remains the dominant geographic influence and bestows enormous opportunities in Agriculture, Food, Tourism, Energy and Marine sectors.
The Northern and Western region is home to the Best Micro City in Europe, Coolest Place on the Planet and Best Place to Live in Ireland. All of which helped secure the Title of EER 2018.
Our application heavily focused and was built around the 10 principles of the EU Small Business Act.
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