Kilkenny central to creative corridor

Kilkenny central to creative corridor

The future is bright for enterprises in the South Eastern Creative Corridor according to industry experts.

A packed auditorium for the South Eastern Creative Corridor (SECC) Symposium last week in County Wicklow industry experts and entrepreneurs came together to explore future opportunities.

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices in the local authorities including Kilkenny, the SECC aims to support the development and growth of enterprises operating within or providing products and services to the creative audio visual sector.

The year-long initiative, which was kick-started at the event, offers enterprise owners an intensive programme of business development including training, mentoring, networking and access to finance.

The Symposium in Wicklow County Campus facilitated discussion between enterprises and key industry stakeholders on the trends and opportunities for business growth in the creative audio visual sector and related sectors.

Delegates heard from a variety of speakers including Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon, Naomi Moore, CEO of Windmill Lane Recording, Sarah Dillon, Executive with the Irish Film Board, Jim Duggan MD of Screen Scene and Siun Ni Raghallaigh, CEO of Ardmore Studios.

Both Paul Young and Naomi Moore identified animation and VFX as key growth areas in the audio visual sector, with the potential to establish sustainable, scalable businesses and create jobs in the region.

The Creative Corridor business development programme commences on 7th December 2016 with a Regional Boot Camp in Kilkenny, focused on Goal Setting.

This will be followed by a series of training workshops and accountability boards to be held in each County. The programme will culminate with an Audio Visual Summit in December 2017.

More information is available at www.creativecorridor.ie or by contacting your Local Enterprise Office.