History of NMEA

History of WIN (Work In Newry)



Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency was set up in 1983 as a division of Newry and Mourne Co-operative (founded, 1972). whoweare1It was the first local Enterprise Agency on the island of Ireland. It’s mission was to promote jobs and create wealth in the Newry & Mourne area.

Newry & Mourne Co-operative Ltd  launched the “Work in Newry” (WIN) campaign in 1975 in an attempt to alleviate the chronic unemployment which the area had suffered for generations. It took over a recently closed food-processing factory site to create starter workspace units for unemployed and underemployed people. This was one of the first community owned and managed workspace projects in Europe.

‘Ireland’s Eye’ Documentary Circa 1980

The climate in Newry & Mourne has changed since the early days of the Enterprise Agency. Major retail developments, inward investments and recent changes in political and economic relations within Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have seen the levels of unemployment drop dramatically and a rise in the standard of living in general.

In this ever-changing environment Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency has adapted it’s objectives:whoweare2

  1. To increase the stock of new businesses – Newry & Mourne has one of the highest number of new business start-ups in Northern Ireland
  2. To help existing small businesses to source new market opportunities
  3. To strengthen Newry and Mourne’s “Enterprise Culture”
  4. To assist in the strategic development of Newry and Mourne by promoting the region as an investment location and contributing to central and local government policy making.
  5. To develop cross-border economic co-operation
  6. To consolidate political stability and contribute to social harmony in Newry and Mourne