The agencies involved in enterprise support and economic development in Mayo have come together to agree on the Mayo Economic Recovery Plan, which contains a series of actions to support the local economic recovery effort. The Plan contains four key themes that focus on coping with the current economic situation through to planning for 2021 and beyond.
Speaking at the launch of the plan, Cllr Richard Finn, the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, stated: “It is essential that we work together to support our business community in these challenging times. Mayo County Council and all of the enterprise support agencies in Mayo are working extremely hard to deliver the various supports available to businesses at this time. Initiatives like the Restart Grant and the Government’s Economic Stimulus package of supports critically important, but it is essential that these are complemented by actions that address local issues and help local businesses to prepare for the future.”
The Mayo Economic Recovery Plan contains 12 actions covering areas such as practical support for businesses’ online activities, the development of campaigns to support the work of the Mayo Tourism Recovery Task Force, a family business resilience programme, a programme to support the local food and drink sectors and an initiative to engage with the Mayo diaspora to help them to buy and support Mayo produce. There are also actions on remote working and working with businesses to help them to access industry specific training.
Confirming the importance of collaboration Peter Duggan, interim chief executive of Mayo County Council, remarked: “There is an excellent level of inter-agency co-operation in Mayo and is reflected in the range of actions contained in the Plan. The combined economic impact of Covid-19 and Brexit will place huge pressures on all local businesses. Now, more than ever, we all need to work together to support local industry and businesses and I warmly welcome the production of this Plan which is an important step forward at a time of great uncertainty.”
The agencies involved in the Economic Recovery Plan include Mayo County Council through its Local Enterprise Office, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, WestBIC, the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, local development sector companies including South West Mayo Development Company, Fáilte Ireland, Mayo Chambers of Commerce and the Regional Skills Forum.