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Enterprise Office created 103 JOBS in 2016 31/05/17

| May 31, 2017

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A net total of 3,679 new jobs were delivered in 2016 by the 6,846 small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), according to the results of the latest LEO annual jobs survey published recently by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D.

At a local level, the Wexford Local Enterprise Office (LEO) based at County Hall Wexford directly created 197 new jobs in gross terms and 103 new jobs in net terms across County Wexford. It supported 28 business projects in County Wexford with grant aid totalling €389,034 and also provided training programmes to 948 people while  a further 121 businesses availed of its specialist mentoring support.

The 31 LEOs nationwide, run by Ireland’s Local Authorities in partnership with Enterprise Ireland provide a ‘first stop shop’ for enterprise supports and sign-posting to start-ups, micro enterprises and small businesses locally in one easily accessible place.

Commenting on the 2016 LEO results, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said: “I very much welcome the creation of 3,679 net new jobs in LEO supported companies during 2016. The LEOs have established themselves as a strong force in job creation in the regions with 10 new jobs created every day on average over the past three years in LEO client companies. As the first-stop-shop for enterprise development in each Local Authority area, the LEOs are ideally placed to support entrepreneurship and job creation in every county and I would urge any budding entrepreneurs out there to make contact with their LEO to explore the full range of supports on offer.”

Welcoming the strong performance figures and paying tribute to the LEO team, Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Wexford said: “The job creation results and strong performance metrics for 2016 demonstrate that the Wexford Local Enterprise Office is making a significant impact in maximising the potential of our micro and small businesses here in the county. Whether you need access to finance, core business training or advice and guidance on overcoming business challenges, we are encouraging even more small businesses and start-ups to take up supports on offer through your Local Enterprise Office”. 

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