Carlow's Local Enterprise Office has just over 500 net jobs created since it was established in 2014.
Since the LEOs were established six years ago they have supported the creation of over 18,600 jobs nationwide with 144,830 entrepreneurs and business people trained in a range of skills over the five years.
The figures were announced by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Pat Breen, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.
Local Enterprise Office (Carlow) has made a huge impact locally with:
501 net jobs created
€2.14m in grants approved to micro enterprises
137 Projects Approved
349 Courses, Seminars, Networking & Training events.
7166 Programme, Networking & Course Participants
828 Specialist Mentoring Appointments
8794 Student Enterprise Programme Participants
€1.2m direct investment by Carlow County Council in Tourism Development, Promotion, Festivals & Events, Christmas Programme, Paint & Streetscape Schemes, Regional Development
€6.1m external funding for business support and investment, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Town & Village & Rural Development Schemes, Diaspora & Twinning, Agri-Food Tourism Development, Trading Online and National Event Co-ordination
Minister Humphreys said: "Since their inception in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) have played a hugely significant role in generating indigenous employment across the country.
"There are now over 36,000 people employed by LEO-supported companies, small Irish businesses that are creating jobs in their own towns and villages.
"Supporting regional enterprise is a big priority of mine as Minister and it’s for this reason that I allocated an additional €5 million to the LEOs in Budget 2019."
Speaking about the performance of the Local Enterprise Office and the partnership approach, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive with Carlow County Council said: "We are delighted to reach this significant milestone in the development of our Local Enterprise Office and acknowledge the achievements of the business community during the past 5 years."
Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, said: "The figures really do speak for themselves when you look across the 5 years of the Local Enterprise Offices.
"The Local Enterprise Office (Carlow) has played a key role in fostering entrepreneurship in the area and is very much at the fulcrum of the local business community.
"That positioning has come through trust, expertise and the ability to help businesses over the toughest of hurdles because we have the resources to do so.
"Looking to the future, we are at the forefront of microenterprise and we have an opportunity to help shape policy and supports that we believe will only increase these impressive figures in the next 5 years and give our entrepreneurs and small businesses an even greater advantage in the market."
LEOs offer a comprehensive range of supports from mentoring and training to financial assistance and Brexit planning, to entrepreneurs and small businesses alike to help them to plan, start and grow.
The Local Enterprise Offices also run some significant programmes to increase engagement and draw entrepreneurs and small businesses into the business support eco-system.
These include Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), the National Enterprise Awards, Food Academy, the Student Enterprise Programme and Local Enterprise Week.
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