Expression of Interests for LEO Carlow Evaluation & Approvals Committee


Public Call for Expression of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to serve on the Evaluation and Approvals Committee of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Carlow

Recognising the importance of micro and small businesses to the Irish economy, the Government has a network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country. The 31 LEOs are the first-stop-shop for all entrepreneurs and existing micro and small businesses, delivering an enhanced and integrated support service.

The LEOs provide support services to all local micro and small businesses including start-up companies and micro enterprise companies seeking to expand.  Qualifying businesses being considered for financial support will be evaluated by an Evaluation and Approvals Committee.

Carlow County Council is now inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the Evaluation and Approvals Committee. The Carlow  Evaluation & Approvals Committee consists of a chair nominated by the Chief Executive , a representative from LEADER ; a representative from Enterprise Ireland; and up to five individuals with specific areas of business expertise. There is no remuneration attached to the positions.

In considering the composition of the Committee, Carlow County Council will give due consideration to principles of broad equality and gender balance. In making any appointments to this Committee, Carlow County Council will not necessarily be confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant mix of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the Committee.

Prospective members should have:

  • experience in assessing financial proposals and an ability to challenge company submissions;
  • broad business experience and a clear ability to empathise with challenges facing  micro and small enterprises;
  • the ability to demonstrate their understanding and experience in the micro and small enterprise sectors.

The specific skill sets the candidate would bring to the assessment of investment proposals would be of particular interest.  The candidates should set out clearly their expertise in the following:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Debt/banking and/or cash-flow management expertise
  • Equity and / or investment expertise
  • Financial and / or business qualifications
  • Business development
  • Marketing / sales / sectors
  • Technology 

Closing Date : Friday 6th April 2018 @ 12noon Applications available by e-mail to

Application Form of Expressions of interest and CV should be sent by e-mail to    and should, based on the above, provide a brief outline of skills, competencies and qualifications and a short statement outlining why s/he wishes to be considered for a position on this Committee.


Carlow County Council will acknowledge receipt of such applications and inform applicants in due course of their decision in relation to the appointments.

Carlow County Council will appoint members for a maximum in accordance with the provisions of the agreed Service Level Agreement between the Local Authority and Enterprise Ireland.  (This may be subject to change upon subsequent review of the existing SLA).

All expressions of interest lapse at the end of three calendar years.

 To download application form click on link Expression of Interest Approvals and Evaluation Committee.docx (size 374.9 KB)