Local Enterprise Office Open for Business
Leitrim County Council today welcomed the official opening by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) across the Local Authority network. “We are delighted to be providing this new and enhanced support for small businesses at a local level” said County Manager Frank Curran. “LEOs will be the front line in delivering business growth and jobs, providing direct support and pulling together all the players – agencies, local authorities and the private sector – to support everyone with a good business idea and strengthen the enterprise sector in County Leitrim.”
2014 has been designated the Year of Jobs with over 61,000 jobs created in the past 12 months. To further accelerate this, the LEO will be the ‘first stop shop’ for all Government supports for anyone who wants to start or expand their business and create jobs in the towns and villages of every County in Ireland.
“We will develop local enterprise plans putting micro and small business at the heart of job creation locally. By bringing the functions of the old County and City Enterprise Boards into Leitrim County structures we are confident that we can offer a more streamlined service for clients. Our aim is to overcome the typical barriers to success that small businesses face such as management skills, access to finance or lack of marketing or planning skills”, added the County Manager.
New Protocols have been developed with key agencies, such as Revenue, Department of Social Protection, Department of Education and Training Boards, Skillnets, Microfinance Ireland and the Credit Review Office to ensure clients have access to all Government supports. As well as advice and direct supports LEOs will promote a pro-enterprise culture locally, by organising enterprise events, supporting local business networks and working with local Chambers and other organisations such as schools etc.
The Local Enterprise Office also has the full support of Enterprise Ireland and other agencies that support business. Enterprise Ireland’s considerable expertise nationwide in supporting entrepreneurs, innovation and exports – and growing small local businesses into outward international companies - will be available through Local Enterprise Offices.
Leitrim’s Local Enterprise Office is now up and running at the HIVE, Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon and will be relocating within the coming two months to purposely designed facilities within Leitrim County Council’s main offices at Aras An Chontae, Carrick on Shannon. Full details of the relocated first stop shop for business development will be made available in the coming weeks.
Contact details for Leitrim Local Enterprise Office