FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan announced a range of new services for small businesses and start-ups across Limerick when he officially launched the Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO) at City Hall on Monday.
New protocols have been developed with key agencies including the Revenue Commissioners, Government departments, the Education and Training Boards, Skillnets and the Credit Review Office to ensure that Limerick clients have access to the full range of Government supports.
Recently appointed Head of Local Enterprise Eamon Ryan confirmed that €450,000 had already been allocated to the service and 70 jobs had been created
Addressing concerns about the merging of the Limerick City and County Boards, Mr Ryan said they were building on the strengths of the enterprise boards for the past 20 years and it should be a seamless transition. He confirmed that the system of funding had not changed.
“We have combined the funding of the Limerick County and City enterprise boards. We will be seeking additional funding for 2014 from the department because the number of people seeking our assistance has grown,” he explained.