03 Oct 2022

Revealed: Over 1,150 people employed by Local Enterprise Office supported companies in Carlow

This is a staggering figure

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Kieran Comerford is Head of Enterprise in the Local Enterprise Office Carlow

Some 1,153 people are employed by 219 Local Enterprise Office supported companies in Carlow, Fine Gael's Pat Deering has said.

This is the fifth year of employment growth for Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, with 150 jobs created here in Carlow.

Deputy Deering said: "The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are a hugely important part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Carlow.

"They do such important work and these 2018 jobs figures highlight the significant contribution they make to the economy as a whole. 

"This is the 5th year in a row of employment growth for the LEOs, which support our indigenous businesses to create jobs locally.

"Not only are they helping small businesses to plan, start and grow, but they are also working closely with their 219 client companies to minimise their Brexit exposure."

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, has allocated an additional €5m in Budget 2019 to further support the LEOs work on the ground.

"Since its inception, the Local Enterprise Office network has been a key element of this Government’s commitment to enterprise development, across all regions in the country.

"It has been hugely successful. LEO-supported companies now account for over 36,000 jobs throughout the country, across such sectors as food, textiles, manufacturing and computing. 

"It is particularly pleasing to see them grow in ambition and scale," Deputy Deering added.

Minister Humphreys said: "The 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, an initiative of the Government of Ireland, are operated in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities. 

"They provide expert training, mentoring and financial assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses who may want to start, develop or grow their company."

Deputy Deering added: "Our Carlow Local Enterprise Office have played a key role in preparing small businesses in Ireland for Brexit. 

"This includes Brexit Mentoring, Technical Assistance for Micro Exporting grants for small businesses looking to diversify into new markets, the Brexit SME Scorecard, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme for those selling online internationally and LEAN for Micro enabling small companies to trade more effectively and competitively.

"The Local Enterprise Offices including will also roll out the Brexit Customs Training across the country beginning in February which will enable any small business to learn about the customs import and export procedures that will be required post-Brexit to ensure they can continue to trade effectively with a country outside the single market."

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