Business

Your Route to Doing Business in Wexford

Broadband

ICT and web based solutions to business needs are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Wexford is serviced by the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) which provides ADSL to support broadband infrastructure to business, educational facilities and industry.

In 2010 Wexford town was selected by telecommunications provider Eircom as one of two locations nationally for the roll out of a high fibre broadband pilot to radically improve internet speeds available to customers. The €20 million investment provides FTTH and significant improvements in download capacity (up 150Mbs) for growth in high bandwidth consumption. Services are now live and 4,000 premises have been reached to date, bringing ultra fast, reliable broadband that will also deliver improved productivity, efficiency and reliability for business.

Techovate a highly successful Silicon Valley supported IT conference was held in Wexford Opera House in March 2012, and proudly supported by the Fibre Pilot. 

Strategic Location

Wexford is  located in the South East of Ireland, with the upgraded N9 and N11 road network providing easy access and connectivity  to the capital city Dublin and to Waterford.

Dublin Airport is within 120kms of Wexford, with 1,500  daily flights providing air access to international destinations. Waterford  Airport is 46kms away, with direct Aer Lingus and Aer Arann flights to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Wexford has easy access to three significant ports: Rosslare Europort  is located 11 kms south of Wexford town and provides vital access to export markets in the UK and France, as the closest point from southern Ireland to mainland Europe.  An average 1 million passengers are catered annually. New Ross Port which is located at Marshlands, is Ireland’s only inland port. it speciaslises in handling dry and liquid bulk materials. In addition Belview Port is within a 40km drive of Wexford town, providing a hub for the integration of port, shipping, road and rail freight services.

Rosslare Harbour

Energy

The recent acquisition of Great Island Power Plant by Spanish Energy Company Endessa will see a €250 million investment  to redevelop the power station to a natural gas fired turbine.  The investment includes €45 million earmarked for a  gas pipeline bringing natural gas to the County.  Up to 400 people will be employed over the three year development programme  with 160 people employed with the completion of the project in 2012 both directly and indirectly.

Great Island Power Plant

A world class electricity network is on hand to support business development currently a 256km cable is being developed which will connect Ireland with the UK grid at Wales.  The East –West Interconnector (EWIC) will underpin renewable energy initiatives by enabling the import and export of excess wind power  facilitating security of power supply and competition in the market.

The green energy sector is relatively new but one where Wexford has developed a number of strengths with innovative businesses operating in the biofuels,  biomass, wind  and other renewable energy markets.  Wexford has the highest concentration nationally of solar  energy and good natural resources in terms of wind and wave energy with agricultural land particularly suitable for growing renewable energy crops such as miscanthus, and willow .  The location in Wexford of a scientific hub  at  Johnstown Castle with the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency and location of Teagasc is a key attraction.

Land Availability

Wexford has serviced land available including business and technology parks, warehousing land and an IDA land bank with a 37 hectare site at the Wexford Business and Technology Park .  There is also a good supply of office accommodation available and Wexford County Council has a dedicated team dealing with any planning application with job creation potential to ensure a seamless service as part of our business support package.