Donegal is one of Ireland's largest counties, and with a population of almost 150,000, it provides a large labour market pools for potential employers and new enterprises.
A highly skilled and experienced workforce is available throughout the area, benefiting from universities and colleges at Letterkenny IT, University of Ulster at Magee (Derry) and Coleraine in addition to ongoing support for training and development from these and other business support agencies.
Living in this part of the country offers an outstanding quality of life – houses are affordable and the area is renowned for its magnificent coastal and inland landscapes of white beaches and stunning mountain scenery. These include Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League Cliffs and the Inishowen Peninsula. The Donegal coast is fast becoming a leading international surfing destination. Other highlights in the region include the walled city of Derry. The North West also has a rich and varied cultural heritage and is well known for its many singers, dancers, musicians and artists.
Letterkenny , the county town has a unique and characteristic mix of businesses and services. It is home to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and some leading multinational companies from the international services sector.
The area has top-class shopping with a combination of multinational chain stores and locally owned retail outlets.
Letterkenny is designated as a linked Gateway under the National Spatial Strategy. With flight times to Dublin at 40 minutes from Donegal (Carrickfinn) and City of Derry airports and two international airports in Belfast connections to the North West have never been better.
Ireland North West – Making Business Happen is a collaborative project between Derry City Council and Donegal County Council, Donegal County Enterprise Board and North West Marketing. Together these agencies are working to develop the North West as the premier location for business on the island. This project is part funded by the European Union under Interreg IIIA.