A new Clare-based service merging national enterprise policy and local business supports to strengthen the local business culture and environment has become operational today.
Combining the resources of the Clare County Enterprise Board and Clare County Council’s business support unit, the Clare Local Enterprise Office (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.
The Clare LEO is based at Clare County Council’s Headquarters at Áras Contae and Chláir in Ennis.
Mayor of Clare Cllr. 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. I would urge entrepreneurs and micro or small business operators in the county to visit www.localenterprise.ie or contact the LEO to find out more about the supports that are available to anyone starting and expanding a business in County Clare.”
The new Clare LEO is complemented by a national Centre of Excellence providing support to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the execution of a national micro enterprise policy. The functions of the Centre of Excellence include operating Service Level Agreements between Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities and driving progression of high potential companies from the LEO network to Enterprise Ireland.
Tom Coughlan, Clare County Manager, commented: “The LEO will work to ensure that the County’s small businesses can access the support, information and advice that they need.”
Mr. Coughlan continued: “The direct links between the LEO and the Centre of Excellence mean that local knowledge will be combined with the expertise of Enterprise Ireland to give businesses the best possible start. As a result I believe the Clare Local Enterprise Office will, alongside other LEOs around Ireland, help to harness innovation, grow businesses and create jobs locally.”
The Clare Local Enterprise Office, Áras Contae and Chláir, Ennis, Co. Clare, can be contacted on 065-6821616 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available from www.localenterprise.ie.