LIMERICK companies supported by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) created 177 jobs in 2022, according to Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney when he announced the annual results of the national LEO network yesterday.
The new figures show that LEO Limerick financially supported 305 small businesses that employ 1,815 people across the city and county.
The LEO network provides supports to thousands of other small businesses across the country with programmes such as the Trading Online Voucher, Lean for Micro and Green for Micro as well as training and mentoring.
Minister Coveney said that as the remit of the Local Enterprise Offices has now broadened to include companies up to 50 employees, even more SMEs will be able to avail of their supports, but also their expertise in growing enterprise in towns and villages across the country.
Limerick City and County Council Economic Development Director Vincent Murray acknowledged the important role the LEO places in supporting the SME sector in Limerick city and county and congratulated the team at LEO for their excellent work during the year.
The Local Enterprise Offices were to the fore in supporting small businesses across the country in 2022, helping thousands to pivot online or adapt their products and services through a large suite of supports. They offer training and mentoring in a range of areas from financial skills and product innovation to starting your own business and maximising your presence online.
Since their establishment in 2014 the Local Enterprise Offices have been for the first stop shop for entrepreneurs and small businesses and providing a range of supports including financial, mentoring, training and sector specific expertise to help guide businesses at any stage of their development.
They also run key initiatives to foster entrepreneurship including Local Enterprise Week, National Women’s Enterprise Day, the Student Enterprise Programme and the National Enterprise Awards.
Further information on the Local Enterprise Offices here