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LEO delivers jobs in Clare

A net total of 173 new jobs were delivered in 2016 by small businesses in Clare that have been supported by Local Enterprise Office Clare. The figure is the fourth highest of the country’s 31-strong Local Enterprise Office network, according to the results of the latest LEO annual jobs survey published by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen The results, compiled by Enterprise Ireland, show the total number of people employed in small businesses supported by Local Enterprise Office Clare stood at 1,110 (full-time and part-time) at the end of last year. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council,Bill Chambers commented, “The strong jobs performance by Local Enterprise Office Clare clients during 2016 is extremely welcome and testament to the strong entrepreneurial activity ongoing throughout the county. The figures also underline the considerable role now played by Local Enterprise Office Clare in providing financial, information and training supports to entrepreneurs and micro enterprises.”

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LEOs roar with over 3,500 jobs

A net total of 3,533 new full and part-time jobs were delivered in 2015 by the 6,500 small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), according to Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. The results, compiled by Enterprise Ireland following a survey, show that overall in 2015 a total of 7,122 new full and part time jobs were created in gross terms. The numbers employed in LEO supported small businesses currently stand at 32,592 overall. The 31 LEOs provide a ‘first stop shop’ for supports and signposting to start-ups, micro enterprises and small businesses nationwide in one easily accessible place. Commenting on the 2015 results, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said, “The creation of 3,533 net new jobs in 2015 by clients of the Local Enterprise Offices is a remarkable achievement and testament to the hard work and personal sacrifices being made by entrepreneurs in local communities all around the country. I …

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Women leading the way in business

Local Enterprise office Clare held the first of a series of women in business networking events on Tuesday. Special guest Maria Kelly, spoke to a large group of focused and successful business women.The network, which has grown in numbers over the last number of years, is testimony to the fact that female specific supports have been successful in increasing the number of female entreprenuers in Ireland. The Leo Clare women in business network has a diverse range of female entrepeneurs across varying sectors including; hospitality, retail, manufacturing, craft, food, tourism and new comers at early stage start up. The network welcomed back loyal members and greeted new members to the group. Collectively the business that were in attendance at this event employ in excess of over 450 people collectively, and this figure continues to grow. The presentation highlighted the importance of developing a business growth strategy. “Most small business owners are too busy or are too close to their business to …

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LEO helps new industry roar

Young people running their own business for least two years, are being encouraged to participate in a competition that could give them much needed finance. Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ (IBYE) competition is being promoted by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Clare. As part of the Action Plan for Jobs initiative , it is aimed at those aged between 18 and 30 and the Local Enterprise Office has an investment fund of €20,000, to present to a “best established” business owner, based in the locality. Supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland, the competition is designed to seek out and support entrepreneurial talent across the country. A total investment fund of €50,000 is on offer through the Local Enterprise Office, €20,000 of which, will go to the ‘Best Established Business’ winner. A further €20,000 investment fund is on offer for the ‘Best Start-Up’ winner locally, with €10,000 on offer to the ‘Best New Idea’ winner. …

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LEO delivers jobs for Clare

Figures released this week show  that 202 extra jobs were created by County Clare companies, supported by the Department of Jobs, through the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Clare during 2014. The results reveal that at the end of 2014 total direct employment among the 161 LEO client companies in Clare stood at 1,346, up from 1,142. “In comparison to other local authority areas, LEO Clare has helped to deliver significant jobs growth during its first year of operation. These figures show that the LEO model of supporting the enterprise sector in Clare in partnership with the various agencies responsible for job creation in the region is helping to directly produce real jobs,” commented Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy. “By bringing the functions of the former County Enterprise Boards into the Clare County Council structure, LEO Clare clearly is offering a more streamlined service for clients and is proactively reaching out to, engaging with, advising and funding small and micro businesses. As …

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Enterprise brings its rewards

More than 250 Clare secondary school students participated in the county final of the Student Enterprise Awards at Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis today (Thursday). Hosted by the Local Enterprise Office Clare, the Awards Scheme forms part of Clare’s Student Enterprise Programme, which seeks to stimulate the creation of real-life businesses in secondary schools by encouraging students to research and manage their own business, with support from local business mentors. The Clare County Final saw students present 76 enterprise ideas at various stalls throughout the awards ceremony venue with prizes being awarded in nine categories. The first prize winners of the junior, intermediate and senior categories will go on to represent Clare in the national final in Croke Park on Wednesday, April 22. Student Enterprise Awards winners: Junior Category Winners – 1st Luxury Bags (St Anne’s Community College Killaloe), 2nd Buí Beauty (Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon), 3rd Nifty Knots (Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon). Intermediate Category Winners – 1st Blissful Beauty (St …

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Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins

Hopes that LEO will bring lion’s share of jobs

A NEW service for supporting Clare businesses has become operational in Ennis this week with hopes high that it will “harness innovation, grow businesses and create jobs locally.” The new Clare Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is based at Clare County Council’s headquarters, Áras Contae an Chláir and represents a major restructuring of state support for businesses which was previously delivered by county and city enterprise boards. Combining the resources of the Clare County Enterprise Board and Clare County Council’s business support unit, the Clare LEO is one of 31 LEOs around Ireland that is tasked with delivering services and support to businesses within a framework set by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and overseen by Enterprise Ireland. Mayor of Clare Councillor Joe Arkins said the Clare LEO will act as a “first-stop-shop” for small businesses throughout the county. He added, “I look forward to the newly operational LEO playing a leading role in stimulating enterprise development in Clare. …

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