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Niamh Costello appointed Chief Executive of new collaborative initiative Creative Enterprise West (CREW)
25 Feb 2021 : News Desk
CREW Chief Executive Niamh Costello
Creative Enterprise West (CREW) is a brand-new collaborative initiative, which supports the creative digital enterprise sector in the West.

Key partners in the dynamic CREW initiative are the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), the Western Development Commission (WDC), and the Galway Film Centre (GFC). 

CREW has appointed Niamh Costello formerly of Galway Technology Centre as Chief Executive.  

CREW’s focus will be on the development and scaling of creative digital entrepreneurs, job creation, incubation, and accelerator programmes, training, and outreach services along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.  Plans are also underway for the development of a Centre of Excellence providing enterprise and co-working space, on the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Cluain Mhuire campus, Galway.

Niamh Costello, Chief Executive of CREW has a wealth of entrepreneurial, business, and industry experience, following 7 successful years as General Manager of the Galway Technology Centre.  She is also a founding member of Galway City Innovation District, whose first building is the high-profile Portershed. Niamh also holds the position of National Vice-Chair and Director of the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres, NACEC, which represents over 120 centres across Ireland. She’s also a previous director of Galway Chamber and Network Galway.

CREW has been approved for funding on this project under the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland.  Its initiative aims to develop an ecosystem and a suite of business and technical support services in the West for the Digital Creative sector. Supporting enterprises in areas such as design, digital visual arts, film, and TV production, animation, gaming, content development, and AR/VR. CREW is also working with Údarás na Gaeltachta on enterprise initiatives.

Supporting the already growing and scaling creative digital entrepreneurs in the West, which will contribute significantly to sustainable regional economic and social development, is a priority for CREW. Powering increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the region due to the vibrant ecosystem, numbers of talented professionals, infrastructure, and community will be integral to CREW’s role. The development of CREW’s Centre of excellence providing enterprise and co-working space will also create exciting and dynamic connections amongst the 100+ Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) Hubs.

The CREW project aligns perfectly with developments in GMIT’s creative programmes in Film & Documentary, Design, Contemporary Art, Animation & Game Design, and Creative Media,” said Dr. Paddy Tobin, Head of School, Design and Creative Arts at GMIT and CREW co-founder.

“The CREW project and the creative sector is also directly supported and addressed by initiatives from the Western Development Commission, Galway Film Centre, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Local Enterprise Offices, and Enterprise Ireland.”

Major employers such as TG4 are also contributing important assistance and opportunities for creative entrepreneurs,” Dr. Tobin added. “All of this positive collaboration coupled with the appointment of Niamh Costello as Chief Executive makes for exciting news for the sector in 2021.

Speaking about Niamh Costello’s appointment, Dr. Tobin said: Niamh’s experience, track record, and passion for economic development and job creation will catalyse and advance the progress of creative entrepreneurs and enterprise within our region. Her previous success in collaborating with major regional stakeholders will be significant in advancing the inherently collaborative creative industries and our plans at CREW”.

I am delighted to take up the post of Chief Executive of CREW and for the opportunity to continue building on the success of the Creative Digital sector in the west,” said newly appointed Chief Executive of CREW, Niamh Costello. “My passion for supporting great entrepreneurs has played an important role throughout my career and I am sincerely looking forward to working with the board of CREW, to deliver on our vision to support job creation and growth in the industry.”

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager at the Western Development Commission (WDC) and CREW co-founder commented; “The WDC identified the Creative Industries sector as a key strength and opportunity for the Western Region and CREW is a key element of delivering on this vision to support enterprise and jobs throughout the West.  A key element of CREW will be to support creative businesses based in the AEC Hubs which will revitalize rural towns and villages.“

CREW will support the development of creative digital enterprises, providing highly skilled jobs, distributed across the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) and Údarás GTEIC hub network, contributing to economic growth in the region. It is a collaboration between GMIT, Western Development Commission (WDC), Galway Film Centre (GFC) with funding from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland.

Click here for more information about Creative Enterprise West (CREW).





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