Small businesses in Northwest interested in green economy invited to programme

Small firms and business people interested in renewable energy or the Green economy are being invited to participate in a new EU funded cross border programme.

The Renewable Energy Networking Project has been awarded almost €400,000 to establish a network of businesses and individuals across the five councils who make up the North West Region Cross Border Group.

Donegal County Council is taking the lead on this initiative, in collaboration with the councils in Derry, Limavady, Magherafelt and Strabane. A number of bodies including Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI are advising the project.

The three year project will see a local network of 15 to 20 businesses set up in each Council area, with members meeting regularly to receive training and discuss new opportunities for the green economy and renewable energy sector.

The project officer says they will be particularly targeting small/micro businesses employing less than 50 people or individuals engaged in renewable energy or the green economy or those wishing to get involved in this growing sector.

They are also keen to hear from farmers interested in diversifying into renewable energy crops, and also people involved in the construction industry including contractors, plumbers, electricians and architects who are seeking insights into how the green industry will develop and how they can compete.

Further information on how to apply is available from Donegal County Council.