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LEDP strategic plan – Minister Damien English, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, pictured above with Niall O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of LEDP. Picture: Keith Wiseman.

LEDP strategic plan includes multi-functional Film Hub for Limerick

 LEDP strategic plan

The purpose of the LEDP strategic plan is to create the conditions for entrepreneurs to start and scale their businesses, encourage new investment and business growth, and lead to increased employment in every region.

A plan to establish Ireland’s first virtual film production hub in Limerick City by the end of next year has been included in the recently published Mid-West Regional Enterprise Plan.

Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) has welcomed the inclusion of its planned new multi-functional Creative and Innovative Industries Centre at the Innovation Hub on Roxboro Road in the recently announced Mid-West Regional Enterprise Plan. The project will enhance the vision for the Mid-West Region to be recognised as the most equipped region in Europe for complete film production facilities.

The concept for the centre was first mooted as part of LEDP Strategic Plan 2021-2026. The facility will comprise Ireland’s first virtual production studio and appropriate space to facilitate and encourage indigenous SME sub suppliers to the Film Industry to grow (such as; prop making, lighting, set construction, etc) in a regeneration area.  A vacant unit totalling 33,000 sq. ft. at the LEDP’s Innovation Hub has been identified for this project specifically.

Niall O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, LEDP said “We are delighted our proposed centre has been recognised within the Regional Enterprise Plan. At LEDP, we want to increase our enterprise and employment creation activities and spark opportunities. Gaining this acknowledgement and support from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment gives us the impetus to deliver this strategic project by Q4 2023.  We are currently out to tender for the feasibility study, supported by Enterprise Ireland, and we look forward to taking the project through to completion and seeing jobs and pathways created for people who want to enter the film industry.”

The purpose of the LEDP strategic plan is to create the conditions for entrepreneurs to start and scale their businesses, encourage new investment and business growth, and lead to increased employment in every region.

The Regional Enterprise Plans bring a focus and collaborative effort to address specific regional ecosystem gaps and act on the strengths and opportunities unique to each region, adding value to and complementing the ongoing work of the individual enterprise agencies and development bodies in the region.

Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) is now 22 years in existence and emerged from the ashes of the devastating closure of the Krups factory in 1998 with the loss of over 550 jobs. As a unique charity funded by its commercial property, LEDP has in that time successfully contributed to the social fabric of Limerick City South through job creation, training and education and is a key stimulator for enterprise development and regeneration.

There are now 35 enterprises and 1,000 jobs on site at Roxboro with over €70M invested there since 2001. The new ‘Innovation Hub’ boasts a state-of-the-art training and education facility, and working closely with key education, industry and other stakeholders in the region, will continue to act as a beacon for future job creation.

As well as accommodating charities, state agencies and commercial tenants in the LEDP building, LEDP runs the Family Tree Crèche in Roxboro which it built in 2005, and owns the Markets Field Stadium in Garryowen, which it redeveloped to a UEFA Category Two Stadium.

LEDP has been synonymous with the ongoing transformation of Limerick supporting community projects and bespoke initiatives and is a co-signature of the Limerick Charter: Commitment to Cohesion and Convergence.

LEDP’s mission is ‘connecting people to opportunities through enterprise, education and upskilling, benevolence, and advocacy’. We recognise the need to achieve a balance between our benevolent role and the need to be commercially sustainable.

The LEDP Strategic Plan can be viewed HERE

For more stories on LEDP, go HERE  

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