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Meath Enterprise History

The Navan Enterprise Centre (formally the Navan Exhibition Centre) was established in 1998 with a primary focus to develop good quality workspace of a manageable size and a competitive rate.

The Navan Enterprise Centre Company Ltd. has always been conscious of the pivotal role it plays in promoting entrepreneurship and economic development in Meath. Since its establishment in 1998 when seed capital from Meath County Council and Navan Town Council long with grant aid from Enterprise Ireland and Meath County Enterprise Board got the project started, the Meath Enterprise Centre has seized every opportunity to expand and has embraced a wide variety of proposals.

For example in 2013 with no assistant or funding from any of the state agencies, the Navan Enterprise Centre Company completed a new 11,000 sq foot extension to facilitate the expansion and further development of our anchor tenant Epicom Food.

This was an extremely significant investment (800,000) given the difficult economic conditions of the time to make but one that the centre and the board endorsed as that is the ethos of the company- to continually expand and drive business development in the region in an effort to create gainful and sustainable employment.

In 2014 Navan Enterprise Centre Company Ltd. was renamed Meath Enterprise Centre Company Ltd. Trading as Meath Enterprise. As part of a 5 year strategic plan to develop the company the inaugural Meath Enterprise week took place in November 2014. This event proved hugely successful as a showcase the very best of what Meath has to offer as a location to start, scale and succeed in business. Speakers- (including an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD), from all the major agencies and some of Ireland leading companies participated in MEW 2014 as we debated and explored exciting and innovative projects for Meath such as the Boyne Valley Food Hub, Navan Digital Hub, and the Kells Tech Hub.

Since then MEW has continued to showcase Meath and the wider region to the world by partnering with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). GEW is powered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation. GEN helps people in 170 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures- creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability throughout the world.

Meath Enterprise currently manages a 85,000 sq. foot facility in Navan which is home to new and existing businesses across multiple sectors such as food, digital and tech. We also manage a 25,000 sq. foot high spec office space in Kells which will become the home of the new international Technology Startup and Scale up Hub. Meath Enterprise is proposing to develop the Navan Digital Hub alongside the existing Meath Enterprise Centre in Navan. The proposed Boyne Valley Food Innovation District project, which is an integral part of local and regional government strategy (part of the Action Plan for Jobs for the Mid East Region) will be located on the periphery of Navan. The BVFID aims to be to food what Silicon Valley is to technology. Our purpose is to facilitate the scalable expansion of new and existing food companies to exploit the global opportunity in the food sector by providing guidance, support, resources and facilities which will enable economic and social benefits for Ireland at a regional and national level.