Irish look to ‘craic’ the Midlands market

Midlands Cyber and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomed an Irish delegation to their offices at Malvern Hills Science Park on 4 July. The delegation was part of a high profile ‘Joining the Dots’ report which is focussed on building trade and investment opportunities between South West Ireland and the UK.

The delegation consisted of Irish cyber and tech businesses, members of Cork Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade Dublin. The visit marks the third delegation that Midlands Cyber has hosted this year, following delegations from France and Maryland, US.

Worcestershire was recognised by the delegation as a hotbed of cyber talent which is home to 20% of the UK’s top cyber companies. The area is known nationally as ‘Cyber Valley’, due to this cluster and proximity to GCHQ, QinetiQ and the Special Services in Hereford.

The delegation received talks from the Worcestershire LEP, the tech accelerator BetaDen, Worcestershire 5G and international Cyber Security and Defence firm, QinetiQ. The talks provided information on the latest technology being developed and highlighted the opportunities for collaboration and inward investment into the region.

Stuart Emmerson, Director of Investment and Partnerships at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We were delighted to attract another high profile Irish delegation to showcase the Malvern Hills Science Park. The expertise and opportunities located within Cyber Valley is unique within the UK, and I’m pleased that we were able to highlight commercial opportunities and networks. Worcestershire is fast acquiring a reputation as the number one place for business set up for those looking to access a lucrative Midlands, UK and European market. ”


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