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Funding boost for Donegal Design project 27.11.07

THE Donegal Design Directorate has received a second round of funding through the Skillnets programme.
The directorate is run through the Donegal County Enterprise Board and aims to help local companies highlight their products and services through good design, packaging and promotion.
Sláinte...Donegal Design Directorate members enjoy a pint in the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. The funding from Skillnets - the national skills and competitiveness coordination body - will ensure the directorate keeps going until 2009.
The Donegal Design Directorate was established after a Donegal County Enterprise Board report in 2006 showed that local firms were missing out on significant opportunities because of a lack of design capabilities.
"The directorate was set the task of radically improving the competitive strength of micro and small Donegal companies by focusing on their design skills," said a spokesperson.
"In less than a year the Donegal Design Directorate has held the first design conference in the North West attended by Ireland’s leading design experts, signed up more than 70 local companies as members and organised best-practice visits to Paris, Milan and London."
Member companies have received subsidised training in areas such as product design, packaging and promotion as well as one-to-one mentoring and participation in networking events and seminars.
“We are absolutely delighted”, said Michael Tunney, CEO, Donegal County Enterprise Board. “To have additional funding allocated by Skillnets is a huge vote of confidence
in the work we are doing. It will enable the Directorate to continue to develop a cluster of highly competitive, design-led businesses in Donegal," he said.
The directorate is now gearing up for their Christmas networking event, to be held on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm in Sienna, Letterkenny. To find out more contact 074
9160735 or email alynch@donegalenterprise.ie .
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