There are over 80 different government supports available to small businesses but many of them are not well known or understood. Each week in the SFA e-zine, we will profile a different support that could improve your business, giving you information and advice.
Local Enterprise Office
A ‘first stop shop’ for entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small businesses looking for information, advice and support.
There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) across the Local Authority network in Ireland. They replaced the County and City Enterprise Boards in 2014. The LEOs are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the European Commission.
The LEOs offer services to anyone with a business idea or already in business, including:
- Business advice, including on local property solutions
- Training courses, including a Start Your Own Business course
- Grants, financial supports and advice on access to bank and non-bank funding
- Networking opportunities
The aim of the LEOs is to foster entrepreneurship and make it easier to start and grow a business in Ireland. They are your initial connection to the Local Authorities, Enterprise Ireland and all State agencies that can support you in your business.
In 2017, the LEOs supported 7,182 businesses, creating 3,760 net new jobs. A total of 30,373 people participated in business training programmes.
To find your LEO, use the map or search function here. You can contact your LEO by phone, email or by arranging a visit in person. Each LEO website also contains a wealth of information.
If you are interested in applying, don’t forget:
- LEOs deal specifically with entrepreneurs and micro-firms with less than 10 employees
- Strategic, administrative, technical and financial support can be accessed through the LEOs
- Where the LEO cannot deal with your enquiry directly, it will provide a referral service to the appropriate agency
- For more information, visit www.localenterprise.ie