Launch of Local Enterprise Office in Offaly welcomed

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

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Local Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed the launch of the Local Enterprise Office at Offaly County Council in Tullamore.

Local Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed the launch of the Local Enterprise Office at Offaly County Council in Tullamore.

The Local Enterprise Office, which was launched by Minister Charles Flanagan, is a new initiative under the Action Plan for Jobs set out by the government earlier this year.

The new offices, known as LEOs, will be the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. LEO’s will replace County Enterprise Boards and there will be 31 across the State located in local authority offices. They will do the same work as the enterprise boards by providing grants, offering mentoring and training but take on extra functions within the local authorities by utilising the business supports and assistance provided by councils.

“I am very pleased to see the launch of the Local Enterprise Office in Offaly which will provide a wide range of experience, skills and services to the people in the area,” commented Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.

“The Local Enterprise Office is for people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including; entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small business looking to expand. This initiative is vital for the growth of local businesses and SME’s which have been hit the hardest over the past few years due to the economic downturn.”

The Laois/Offaly TD added that the Local Enterprise Office will drive the development of local enterprise, putting local micro and small business at the heart of job creation in Ireland, benefiting the economy and the local community.

“This initiative will drive and support business start-ups and promote a ‘can-do’ business culture which is vital for our recovery and I wish Orla Martin, Head of Local Enterprise, and staff every good wish in their endeavours for local business,” she concluded.

Over the next few months LEO Offaly will be running a series of training courses for business people delivered by experienced professionals. These practical courses range from 1-3 days sessions on areas such as marketing, finance, sales, business planning and web design. Courses will be held at various locations in the county.

To reserve a please on a course please contact the Offaly County Enterprise Board or visit localenterprise.ie.