Three new enterprise initiatives, funded by Enterprise Ireland, to boost job creation in Tipperary were announced when Minister of State, Pat Breen, visited LEO Tipperary last week.
Exploiting the potential of AgriTech, creating a Digital and Gaming Corridor to link Clonmel and Thurles and the establishment of a Regional Food Cluster are three projects that have received Government backing via the LEO in Tipperary.
During his visit to Clonmel on Thursday, Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD said that “last June, under the Action Plan for Jobs, my Department announced that 16 proposals put forward by LEOs would receive €2m in funding under the Local Enterprise Office Competitive Fund to support a series of new enterprise and job creation initiatives and collaborations across the Country. I am pleased to announce that LEO Tipperary will lead three out of the six successful applications in the South & East Region and will benefit as partners in two others which is a real boost for the County and indeed the Region enabling local stakeholders to progress a number of high level projects and priorities”.
“LEO Tipperary has been provided with almost €200,000 in additional funds to drive these three new initiatives. The idea of LEOs working together on a collaborative basis to deliver initiatives for the region is at the heart of the idea behind this competition. I am delighted to see so many ideas and projects emerging and receiving support for their delivery from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Enterprise Ireland”.
The LEO in Tipperary operates from two locations, Clonmel and Nenagh in addition to providing outreach clinics at various locations across the County. The LEOs act as a “First Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information and support relating to starting or growing a business through the provision of direct financial assistance as well as training, mentoring and a sign posting service to other state supports.
Last year LEO Tipperary paid out in grant assistance an amount of €686,295 for 46 projects. At the end of last year LEO client firms showed a net gain in employment numbers of 122 full time and part time jobs, a positive indication of economic recovery in Tipperary.
The Minister met with LEO staff and the Deputy CEO of Tipperary County Council Matt Shortt; 7 LEO clients; an EI client and also visited the Questum Enterprise Centre and the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre.