Minister impressed with local innovation

Minister for State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English visited Roscommon’s Local Enterprise Office and a number of local businesses on Thursday last and was left suitably impressed with the innovation and entrepreneurship on show.

  As part his visit, the Minister met with LEO client companies including Studio Meala, an animation company based in Boyle as well as Mark Lohan Kitchens and Lidan Designs in Roscommon town.

  Studio Meala was launched in 2019 by Stephen Fagan, Jerry Twomey and Sean Cunningham. The company provides production services for leading international studios, broadcasters and streaming platforms and are developing a number of their own animation series. The business was this year’s County Enterprise Award winner.

The Minister of State also met with Niall O’Donoghue, owner of Pro Cloud, a company which provides cloud, managed and traditional IT services to clients.

  The visit then took Minister English to Mark Lohan Kitchens, a LEO client company which now employs 35 staff and is ranked in the top ten bespoke kitchen manufacturers in the country.

  The Minister of State concluded his visit to the county at Lidan Designs, which was established by Dan O’Brien and Liam Casey five years ago. The two men launched the company to commercialise their novel, air-tight, timber frame modular building system.   

  On the conclusion of his visit Minister of State English said he was impressed with the innovation on show.

  “I am really impressed with the innovation and entrepreneurship I have seen here today in Roscommon. There is so much going on and across such a range of areas, from animation to IT, to craftsmanship and construction,” he said.

  “It is great to see so much activity and creativity and the Government is keen to enable and support these businesses through the efforts of the LEO network, Regional Enterprise funding and many other local supports. This will ensure that we see balanced regional development and job creation throughout the country”.