Building Your Business

6 November 2012

The East Border Region and Louth Local Authorities are delighted to support the launch of a new strategic business development initiative called the Smart ECO Hub. The vision of the Smart ECO Hub is to create a network of innovating companies to foster vibrant low carbon innovation so that it can become a key driver of sustainable business growth in the north east of Ireland both north and south of the border. The Smart ECO Hub is governed by East Border Region Ltd., and managed by Louth Local Authorities under Michael A. Curran, Director of Cross Border Economic Development. It is further supported by the University of Ulster, South Eastern Regional College, Southern Regional College, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and the Councils of the Metropolitan Area in Belfast (COMET).

Louth Local Authorities, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, DkIT and local business have actively been supporting research into the European Energy Clusters and as a result of their findings in conjunction with East Border Region they have secured almost €1 million in support under the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme. Governments on both sides of the border have also supported the Smart ECO Hub. Speaking on behalf of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Minister Fergus O’Dowd TD stated:

“This project epitomises one of the key priorities for the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources. By encouraging greater co-operation between firms operating within different regions we will be able to enhance their collective ability to compete at a global level. Innovation lies at the heart of this approach and must be supported in order for businesses to grow and prosper in today's challenging economic landscape. Companies across Europe have been capitalising on the benefits of these clusters, now it's Ireland's time to seize the opportunities and become drivers of innovation."

The Smart ECO Hub is modelled on European best practice and the team was excited to launch in Dundalk on 25 October last. For further information on Smart ECO Hub please Tel: 00353 42 938 5722 or email:

This project is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

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