At a live virtual event on Monday, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Leo Varadkar announced the annual results of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) for 2021, which showed that Local Enterprise Office Roscommon supported companies created 208 jobs in 2021. This figure was up significantly from jobs created by LEO Roscommon in 2020.
The net jobs created by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon-supported clients in 2021 was 104, which takes into account companies that amalgamated, ceased trading and those that transferred on to Enterprise Ireland. In 2021, there were 131 transfers nationally by Local Enterprise Office companies to Enterprise Ireland. The new figures show that the LEO Roscommon financially supported 167 small businesses in their portfolio across the county and these companies in turn employ 940 people.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD said: “Over 35,000 people employed in small businesses around the country have been helped in some way by our Local Enterprise Offices. They are at the heart of communities in every county, always on hand to provide advice, training or financial backing and have proved invaluable throughout the pandemic, during which I know a huge amount of people relied on their local office”.
LEO Roscommon Head of Enterprise Louise Ward said: “These results are a testament to Ireland’s small business community. When faced with adversity, they have adapted, pivoted, upskilled and did whatever it took to sustain themselves. The figures show that companies have seen the opportunities in the challenging trading conditions they have faced.
“The Local Enterprise Offices across the country have gone above and beyond in their support of small businesses but there is renewed optimism. We are seeing new opportunities for Irish businesses here and as always with tough economic periods we see new ideas and companies emerge and flourish.
“This year will be no different, and as we continue to work closely with Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities to ensure our small businesses get the best possible supports, there are certainly green shoots emerging across the country”.
The Local Enterprise Offices located in the local authorities and funded through Enterprise Ireland support over 7,158 small Irish businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide.
Since their establishment in 2014, they have been for the ‘first stop shop’ for entrepreneurs and small businesses and providing a range of supports including financial, mentoring, training and sector specific expertise to help guide businesses at any stage of their development. For more information on the Local Enterprise Offices, go to LocalEnterprise.ie.