Launch of 'This is Cavan!' Enterprise Brochure

This is Cavan! Enterprise Brochure

A new initiative to create jobs in County Cavan was launched in the Council Chamber at Cavan Courthouse on Tuesday 15th December 2015.

Cavan County Council and the Local Enterprise Office, Cavan, in partnership with Connect Ireland and Cavan Chamber of Commerce, officially launched their new enterprise brochure – designed to assist local businesses and communities to connect with their contacts overseas and encourage them to re-locate and create jobs in Cavan.

The brochure has been developed as part of the overall ‘This is Cavan!’ brand and provides a window into living and working in County Cavan. Together with the tourism brochure, a ‘Cavan’ postcard and a bright new folder, the overall package is designed to provide local business people and communities with a tool to help sell Cavan as a place to do business. Several Cavan businesses are featured in the brochure, ranging from large companies such as Lakeland Dairies, to start-ups and artisan producers.

Speakers on the night included Tom Dowling from Connect Ireland, who also features in the brochure and noted that with so many Irish living abroad, the potential to spread the word that Cavan is open for business has never been greater.

The message is to reach out to your network living abroad and ask if they know of a company considering international expansion. If they do, put them in touch with ConnectIreland and they could earn a cash reward per job created.

Who knows, maybe a successful introduction could result in a family member or friend returning to Ireland.

ConnectIreland delivers the Succeed in Ireland initiative, a government-backed programme, in partnership with IDA Ireland. This initiative is an incentivised referral scheme aimed at creating jobs in Ireland and is based on the simple idea of using your connections to help create real, sustainable jobs. How does it work? Log on to and register as a connector.

Help introduce expanding international companies to Ireland and earn a reward up to €1,500 per job created (up to a maximum 100 jobs).

Jim Fox, acting Head of Enterprise in the Local Enterprise Office, Cavan, spoke of the many advantages of doing business in Cavan and how we now need to re-energise our campaign to promote Cavan as a place to work, live and play.

Andy Pierce from Chamber of Commerce asked the audience to “Ask the Question” – is there a business abroad which is considering international expansion and if so, ask them to consider Cavan as a location. He said that the new folder contained a great insight into what life in Cavan would be like and now there was something to send to our Diaspora.

Mr Pierce also offered to support the local communities involved in the ConnectIreland initiative to reach out to their contacts overseas by penning a customised letter to them inviting them to consider Cavan as a place to do business. This will be organised early in the New Year and groups who are not involved in the ConnectIreland initiative are encouraged to become involved by contacting Cavan County Council.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Paddy Smith, spoke about the great community spirit that exists in County Cavan and praised the 11 community groups who are involved in the ConnectIreland initiative.

Cllr Smith said that as people working locally, these groups know the value to the local community of every job created adding that this folder would be a useful tool in assisting community groups to promote their county and their own area. He pointed out that there were 117 registered connectors in County Cavan, so the message needs to get out there in order to increase the number of connectors from the county.

The final speaker on the night was Tommy Ryan, new CEO of Cavan County Council who spoke about the calibre of people in County Cavan. He mentioned the strong business acumen, good community spirit and a strong drive to make things happen. He talked about the success of the Taste of Cavan food festival over the years and the strong agri-business and food industry, the construction and insulation sectors, financial services and technology industries and the packaging and precision engineering industries in the county. He thanked the businesses who were involved in the production of the enterprise brochure and asked that all of the businesses in the county would use ConnectIreland to promote Cavan as a place for investment.

Copies of the folders are available at Local Enterprise Office Cavan, CITC, Dublin Road, Cavan

or at Cavan County Council, Farnham Centre, Farnham Street, Cavan

Alternatively, download the brochure here

Or visit

Enterprise Brochure