Your Route to Doing Business in Wexford
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.