Welsh and Irish tech industries form partnership

Two of Wales’ and Ireland’s’ leading tech organisations have teamed up on a new creative partnership across the Irish Sea.

Cardiff and Dublin-based co-working spaces Tramshed Tech and Guinness Enterprise Centre are joining forces to cooperate and collaborate on the world stage.

Both organisations will work together to share best practice and co-working opportunities with their tenants and members, within Cardiff and Dublin as well as further afield.

Tramshed Tech principal and co-founder Mark John said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to partner with one of Ireland’s (and the world’s) premier tech organisations, GEC, which has a truly global profile, after being awarded the prestigious title of the  No 1 Incubator in the World at the World Incubation Summit in 2018.

“Our newly-announced partnership is the result of many months of work behind the scenes, facilitated by Welsh Government and the DiT, to optimise share growth opportunities across the Irish Sea.

“Having already worked with Dublin’s business community over a number of years, for me at Tramshed Tech this represents a whole new chapter in cross-border co-operation and economic collaboration with our closest EU neighbours, so important at this particular time.”

Founded in 2016, Tramshed Tech now houses over 50 tech and creative sector companies – including the likes of Amplyfi, MyPinPad and Urban Intel.

Meanwhile, Dublin’s GEC has an entrepreneurial community of over 500 people. The facility is currently undergoing expansion, which will see it host an additional 160 companies.

Guinness Enterprise Centre manager Eamonn Sayers said: “We are delighted to partner with Mark and his progressive team in Tramshed. This is an exciting development not only for our hubs, but for our cities and nations.

“It will be fantastic for Irish firms to have a friendly home across the Irish Sea. We are looking forward to build this partnership and thank the Welsh Government and the Department for International Trade for initial introductions.”

Eluned Morgan AM, minister for international relations and the Welsh Language, added: “The partnership being launched between Tramshed Tech and the Guinness Enterprise Centre will enhance the opportunities for further co-operation between Wales and Ireland and is a result of the hard work between the companies, the Welsh Government and the Department of International Trade.

“Tech is a key sector for Wales – we have world-class expertise in areas such as cyber and AI. There is a lot of synergy between what we are doing and what is happening in Ireland and we will ensure this key sector and this type of partnership features strongly in our international strategy.”