WEST CORK BUSINESS: AIB announces renewal of Ludgate digital hub primary sponsorship

22 October 2019
By Bryan Smyth

AIB is renewing its primary sponsorship of the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen for a further three years. The bank has committed to continue backing the work done in creating a sustainable digital economy for Skibbereen and the wider West Cork area. Ludgate is home to 21 companies including xSellco, Vilicom & Stori Creative which support industries such as bio-tech, aviation services, e-commerce and media production.

Pictured (L-R): John Field (Managing Director, JJ Field & Co), Colin Hunt (Chief Executive Officer, AIB), Adrienne Harrington (Chief Executive Officer, Ludgate), John O Doherty (Head of AIB Cork), Sean O’Driscoll and Denis O Callaghan (Head of Distribution, AIB).

Having signed up as primary sponsor in 2015, AIB has worked alongside the team at Ludgate in helping establish a thriving businesses community and a schedule of events and initiatives to help businesses, such as;

  • Annual Agritech Day – each year Ludgate in partnership with AIB showcase developments in the agritech world given the importance of the sector to the West Cork economy. Local, National and European speakers come to Skibbereen to talk about innovation on the day.
  • First Tuesday –  on the first Tuesday of every month a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and likeminded individuals in West Cork come together to share insights and network.
  • Brexit Workshop – Ludgate, in partnership with AIB held a Brexit Event where Chief Economist Oliver Mangan talked to businesses in West Cork about potential impact of Brexit and what they need to do to prepare for both a soft and hard Brexit.

Speaking about the announcement, Colin Hunt, Chief Executive Officer at AIB said “As Ireland’s leading digitally enabled bank we are delighted to announce the renewal of our Ludgate digital hub sponsorship for a further three years. The work Ludgate is doing to develop a sustainable digital economy in West Cork is something we at AIB are proud to support through this sponsorship and through our involvement in the various events and initiatives at Ludgate.”

Speaking about the announcement, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive Officer at Ludgate said “We are thrilled to have AIB renew its commitment to Ludgate as primary sponsor of the digital hub for another three years. AIB’s backing has been instrumental in helping Ludgate develop as Ireland leading digital hub over the last number of years and we look forward to working alongside them as we grow Ludgate over the coming years.”

Founded in 2015, The Ludgate Hub is located in Skibbereen, WestCork, Ireland’s first gigabit town and has been recognised as a blue print and example of innovation being fostered in rural Ireland.

The board of Ludgate is made up of some of Irelands leading business people including;

  • John Field (Managing Director, JJ Field & Co)
  • Kevin Buckley (CEO, Spearline)
  • Adam Walsh (Manager, JJ Field & Co)
  • Sean O’Driscoll (Businessman)
  • Anne O’Leary (CEO, Vodafone)
  • Dee Forbes (Director General of RTÉ)
  • Ronan Harris (Managing Director UK & Ireland, Google)
  • John O’Doherty (Head of AIB Cork)
  • Brian McCarthy (Chairman, Fexco)
  • Oliver Farrell (CEO, Vilicom)
  • Anne Phillips (Formerly Associate General Counsel, HSBC)
  • Rosaleen Blair CBE
  • John O’Halloran (Deputy President, UCC)

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