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June 06, 2013

Local Enterprise Offices to Support Small Business at Local Level

Kildare County Council welcomes the publication of the Framework Service Level Agreement (SLA) between local authorities and Enterprise Ireland for the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). The SLA along with the new branding for the LEO offices were recently revealed by Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD and Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry TD. LEOs will act as a one-stop-shop to support micro and small businesses in each county. The LEOs are being delivered through a Framework Service Level Agreement between Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities. Kildare County Council is committed to playing its part to ensure that the LEO will be up and running by the end of 2013.

The Ministers recently launched the initiative in Fingal County Council. The LEOs are the result of a major restructuring of State support for small and micro sized businesses, which was previously delivered by County and City Enterprise Boards.

“The LEOs are a new initiative to further support local economies and entrepreneurship with high level support delivered at local level” said Mr Michael Malone, County Manager. “The ultimate aim is to create enhanced, integrated and tailored support in Kildare, benchmarked by Enterprise Ireland and delivered in partnership with Kildare County Council.”

The LEOs will be part of the broad range of support given by Kildare County Council for economic development but it will have a clear focus on local enterprise development. The main services provided by LEOs include; business information and advisory services, enterprise support services, entrepreneurship support services and local enterprise development services.