Life is Sligo

Sligo’s functional area extends far beyond the county boundaries, as demonstrated by the thousands of people who travel daily for work from North East Mayo, South Donegal, North Roscommon and County Leitrim.

The current population of the North West Economic Zone is estimated at 210,000 based on the 2016 Census. It is a zone that has the potential to grow at a faster rate than many other parts of Ireland. Sligo, with its prime geographical location, is the pivotal hub for the region and is the best placed to be the vibrant Regional Growth Centre to lead the North West into a Modern Ireland.Sligo has a vibrant healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. While FDI is to the force, these industries are supported by indigenous firms who provide goods, and services to a number of these plants. These collective industries provide an anchor for further clustering and development.

Historical industry in Sligo centres precision engineering and tool making. Food sector industry is well developed and offers scope for high-value enhancement.



Life is Sligo Podcast

In our series of podcasts called “Life is Sligo”, we will be bringing you topical opinions, boardroom insights and chat with some of our most inspiring and successful people in the business.

Life is Sligo – Episode 1

In the first episode of the Life is Sligo podcast, Aidan Doyle has a chat with EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Sligo native Richard Kennedy, the CEO of the highly successful agri-tech company Devenish Nutrition.

Aidan chats to Richard about his success with Devenish and discusses the impact that Covid19 has had on business everywhere. Richard also gives his insights into the incredible shifts that the crisis has brought to the way that we all work and live.

Listen to the podcast HERE.

Life is Sligo – Episode 2

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Life is Sligo podcast from Sligo Chamber in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo Chamber Skillnet. Aidan Doyle talks to Des Power Senior Vice President and MD of Fitbit International, the global health and fitness company behind the ground-breaking Fitbit wearable technology. Des, a Strandhill Road native, shares fascinating insights about living between Sligo and Dublin and his career at Philips, Harman International and Fitbit. He also chats to Aidan about Remote Working and the opportunities for Sligo and the wider region.

Listen to the podcast HERE.