Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Neale Richmond, TD has announced the annual results of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) for 2023, which showed that Local Enterprise Office-supported companies created 128 jobs in 2023.
The net jobs created by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon-supported clients in 2023 was 26, which takes into account companies that amalgamated, ceased trading and those that transferred on to Enterprise Ireland.
The new figures show that the LEO Roscommon financially supported 171 small businesses in their portfolio across the county. These companies in turn employ 996 people.
In 2023 there were 6,640 new jobs created by LEO client companies (nationally) with a net jobs creation figure of 2,131. This was up 6% nationally on 2022.
The LEOs also provide substantial funded supports to thousands of other small businesses across the country with programmes such as the Trading Online Voucher, Lean for Business and Green for Business, along with training and mentoring.
Minister Richmond said, “I have been fortunate enough to visit many Local Enterprise Offices and I have seen first-hand the superb quality of their mentorship and supports, and the impact they have on the businesses and entrepreneurs they support. These results are a testament to our Local Enterprise Offices; ten consecutive years of job growth is a major accomplishment that reminds us how crucial their support is both for new businesses, but also in helping existing businesses to grow”.
The Local Enterprise Offices were to the fore in supporting small businesses across the country in 2023, helping thousands to pivot online or adapt their products and services through a large suite of supports.
Louise Ward (Head of Enterprise in Local Enterprise Office Roscommon) said, “The results are a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of Roscommon’s business community. The last year has again seen huge challenges and these results show that Roscommon businesses, with the support of the Local Enterprise Office, have not only sustained themselves but have also taken advantage of opportunities to grow. These figures represent only a part of the supports provided by the Local Enterprise Office which include Training, Mentoring, Sustainability, Digitalisation and Efficiency programmes.
“Local Enterprise Office Roscommon and Roscommon County Council, with the support of Enterprise Ireland look forward to supporting the business community in Roscommon again in 2024 to identify opportunities for both new and growing businesses and to help them overcome any challenges they face”.
The Local Enterprise Offices located in the local authorities and funded through Enterprise Ireland support thousands of small Irish businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide.
They run key initiatives to foster entrepreneurship across the country including Local Enterprise Week, National Women’s Enterprise Day, the Student Enterprise Programme and the National Enterprise Awards.
The Local Enterprise Offices are also running a campaign encouraging small businesses to save time, money and energy by availing of their competitiveness and productivity supports including Green, Lean and Digital for Business, AllInADaysWork.ie.
For more information on the Local Enterprise Offices go to LocalEnterprise.ie.