Local Enterprise Office supports 376 new jobs in Limerick

Limerick Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Kieran O'Donnell.

SUPPORTS from the Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO) helped create 375 new jobs in the city and county over the past year.

That’s according to Limerick Fine TD and Minister for State Kieran O’Donnell who said that the range of supports provided by LEO included mentorship and advice as well as providing loans and grants.

“With 376 new jobs created in Limerick in 2022 by LEO supported businesses, it is clear that their expertise and assistance is having a significant effect. This marks the ninth consecutive year of job growth for LEO supported businesses and a ten per cent increase on the 2021 figures.

“The Limerick LEO supports 1,815 jobs in the city and county, involving 305 client companies, the second highest outside of Dublin under both headings,” Minister O’Donnell explained.

“This is a huge achievement given the difficulties businesses in Limerick have faced over the past few years, from the Covid pandemic to Brexit and now the resulting impact of the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis.

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“I would encourage every small business owner in Limerick to engage with their local LEO office to see what supports they can avail of.

“The Trading Online Voucher Scheme will help businesses move online and the Green for Micro programme advises businesses on the first steps towards sustainability, with mentorship programmes also available.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and with the expansion of the remit of LEOs to support SMEs of up to 50 employees, more companies will be able to benefit from their expertise,” Minister O’Donnell concluded.