First Business in Ireland to Successfully Progress to Strand 3 of the Co- Innovate Programme

First Business in Ireland to Successfully Progress to Strand 3 of the Co- Innovate Programme

Polysorb Group has become the first business in Ireland to successfully progress to Strand 3 of the Co- Innovate Programme .

The Company will receive mentoring support to enable them to structure their innovation processes and improve their innovation commercialisation methodology. There is further  potential for business to business  collaboration with a company in Republic of Ireland to support the development of a new product.

Based at Larne Harbour, Polysorb Group has been trading since 1990 and is focused on bringing solutions to environmental spillage problems . The business has evolved during its existence to use new spill  remediation technologies including the recent introduction of microbes to selectively target and remove oil based contaminants from land spills . Recently , the company has also developed spill response kits for use on small liquid spills .

Andrew Brines , Owner Polysorb Group said  “The Co-innovate programme has been an excellent way of enabling us to review all aspects of our business , focusing on innovation and future opportunities . The consultancy support offered through the programme and the assistance of LEDCOM  has helped us to step back and consider our future strategy for growth “

 Ken Nelson Chief Executive LEDCOM said

“LEDCOM is delighted to have been working with the first company in Ireland  to progress to Strand 3 of the Co-Innovate programme.  We would warmly congratulate Polysorb Group and its owner Andrew Brines for their commitment to Innovation and export growth . Innovative companies such as Polysorb  are vital to the economic development growth of the area ”  

 Co-Innovate aims to increase the numbers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in research and innovation across the border region of Ireland (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo), Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland, from 22 per cent to 33 per cent over the next five years.

 The five year €16.6 million project was the first funding offer to be announced under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It is one of 60 funding programmes across the European Union that have been designed to help overcome issues that arise from the existence of borders. 

 It brings together the three regions’ key development agencies to deliver a programme aligned with each government’s strategic priorities, led by cross-border body InterTradeIreland in partnership Enterprise Northern Ireland, East Border Region, Local Enterprise Offices in the border region, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.