202 extra jobs were created by County Clare companies, supported by the Department of Jobs through the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Clare during 2014.
Figures released by Government officials today reveal that at the end of 2014 total direct employment among the 161 LEO client companies in Clare stood at 1,346, up from 1,142.
Figures also show that LEO Clare show it awarded business development grants totalling more than €375,000 and facilitated training courses and workshops for hundreds of people during 2014. In LEO Clare’s 8 months of operation from when it opened on 15 April to the end of 2014, 19 business projects were awarded grants totalling €376,800. 48 training courses and workshops also took place last year with 441 people attending.
“In comparison to other local authority areas, LEO Clare has helped to deliver significant jobs growth during its first year of operation. These figures show that the LEO model of supporting the enterprise sector in Clare in partnership with the various agencies responsible for job creation in the region is helping to directly produce real jobs,” commented Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy.
“By bringing the functions of the former County Enterprise Boards into the Clare County Council structure, LEO Clare clearly is offering a more streamlined service for clients and is proactively reaching out to, engaging with, advising and funding small and micro businesses. As a small business owner, I know how important it is for a start-up or existing business to be able to access a network of supports locally, and to learn from the experiences and expertise of others in order to grow and improve their operations,” he said.
“SMEs, which represent 99% of all business in Ireland, make a significant contribution to employment creation in Clare. When it opened in early 2014, LEO Clare set about developing a local enterprise plan putting micro and small business at the heart of job creation locally. It is clear that this approach to stimulating the SME sector and wider economy is working,” concluded Senator Mulcahy.