Wexford postcard campaign aimed at creating new jobs
WEXFORD County Council is asking people to send postcards to their friends and relatives among the county's diaspora in an effort to generate business leads which will create new jobs.
And as a reward for making the initial introduction, the registered 'connector' will receive €1,500 for every job the new company creates in Ireland, up to a maximum of 100 jobs.
Libraries across County Wexford are facilitating the ConnectWexford.com postcard campaign which is is being organised by Wexford County Council and ConnectIreland and is supported by the government through the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund. The campaign aims to highlight the ConnectIreland initiative among Wexford people at home and abroad.
The idea behind ConnectIreland is to get Irish people at home and abroad to use their business networks to discover new inward investment opportunities for the country.
County Wexford already has one success story from the ConnectIreland initiative with American company, United Chemical Technologies (UCT) currently in the process of establishing 17 new jobs in Wexford.
Irishman Gerry Grady heard UCT were thinking of expanding to Europe so he put them in touch with ConnectIreland and that introduction resulted in UCT establishing a base here in Wexford.
It is hoped that similar leads and successes will result from this ConnectWexford.com postcard campaign.
If you have a family member, friend or other contact working abroad, fill in a free ConnectWexford.com postcard at your local library, address it to your contact abroad and the library will post it on your behalf.
As well as containing your own personal message, the ConnectWexford.com postcard prompts the recipient to scan their extended business network abroad and see if any companies they know are planning to expand internationally. If they do know of a suitable company, the recipient can register as a 'connector' on ConnectWexford.com and introduce a decision-maker at that expanding company to ConnectIreland. ConnectIreland will then work with that company to encourage them to set up a base in Ireland.
Carolyne Godkin, Economic Development Officer in Wexford County Council is encouraging everyone to use our diaspora to let the world know that County Wexford is a great place to do business in:
'Many of us have friends or family members working abroad and this simple message encouraging them to think about their business networks could lead to something fantastic for the county. I'd encourage everyone to drop into their local library and take a few minutes to fill in a postcard.'
The goal is to get 'connectors' in Wexford and abroad registered on ConnectWexford.com