The launch of Roscrea Business and Innovation Park last week has been heralded as a "game changer" for the town of Roscrea in the hopes it will attract a large scale FDI client or indigenous company to the North Tipp town.
The former Benamore Business Park site was purchased by Tipperary County Council last year from Shannon Commercial Properties and is now being marketed as a prime development location by IDA and Enterprise Ireland.
The 26 acre site was officially launched by outgoing Cathaoirleach Seamus Hanafin who said that the park is now in a key position to attract IDA supported companies given its access to the motorway, close location to Dublin airport and fully serviced infrastructure.
“The feedback that I have received is that there aren’t many greenfield sites available nationally with the appropriate zoning, internal infrastructure and proximity to major arterial routes for vehicular, goods and air transport. The Roscrea Business and Innovation Park is the ideal property solution for a company looking to relocate to a greenfield site and build a facility to 21st century standards and Tipperary County Council will shortly commission a suite of marketing materials to promote Tipperary as the premier location for business and Inward Investment,” Cllr Hanafin said.
The site, which is fully serviced, can provide up to 225,000 sq. ft of commercial space suitable for manufacturing, service and office based industries. Since purchasing the park, the Council have also undertaken a number of enhancement works at the greenfield site.
Tipperary County Council Chief Executive Joe Mac Grath thanked all of those who assisted in bringing this valuable site back to the market and noted that, “Since 2014 Tipperary County Council has been at the forefront of business support and development through our Local Enterprise Office, which acts as a “First Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information and support relating to starting or growing a business in the county.”
While Mr Mac Grath acknowledged the significant challenge of attracting new investment, he said he was confident that Roscrea would be successful. “The Council and all those associated with the launch have ambitious plans for the area and will do everything possible to ensure that the district reaps real benefits in the longer term,” he said.
This was echoed by South East and Mid West Regions Director of Enterprise Ireland Jerry Moloney who said that Roscrea has “all the essential elements to support the establishment or expansion of indigenous enterprise.”
Meanwhile Invest Tipperary chairman Mr Liam Sheedy also congratulated Tipperary County Council for acquiring and promoting one of the most marketable sites for investment within the county. He said: “This is the type of forward and innovative thinking that is going to attract investment to Tipperary and in turn increase employment throughout the county."
Cllr Hanafin also said he envisioned the Council to undertake similar projects in all towns across the county.