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18/05/2021Carlow County Council - Town & Village Renewal Scheme 18 May 2021... Book online
19/05/2021LE5117–An SME Guide to Budgeting and Forecasting-Unison Business Development Series 19 May 2021... Book online
24/05/2021Lunch & Learn - Duo Programme 24 May 2021 Book online
26/05/2021LE5117–Digital Marketing What Why and How - Unison Business Development Series 26 May 2021... Book online
27/05/2021LE5117-Video Production/Audio Production-Unison Business Development Series 27 May 2021... Book online
27/05/2021Trading Online Voucher Scheme 27th May 2021 Book online
31/05/2021LE6021 Kickstart Your Own Business in association with Carlow County Development Partnership & County Carlow Libraries 31st May 2021... Book online

Latest News

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    10/05/2021

    Local Enterprise Office Carlow encourages companies to avail of mentoring to support their business...

    Carlow County Councils – Local Enterprise Office is encouraging Local Enterprises to apply for mentoring supports which provides individual guidance to companies to help guide and support their business development over the coming weeks and months as they navigate the new realities in the marketplace. To support this , the Local Enterprise Office has appointed a new specialist team of 77 mentors and advisors who are available to the over 2000 companies in County Carlow...

  • 07/05/2021

    Launch of the Borris Lace by Post Creativity in Older Age project...

    Calling all crafters over 65 – would you like an opportunity to learn more about the craft of Borris Lacemaking? Carlow Arts Office and Creative Ireland Carlow is delighted to announce the launch of “The Borris Lace by Post Project” and we are inviting you to get involved! ...

  • 06/05/2021

    Call for innovative projects for Counties Towns & Villages for enhanced Town & Village Scheme 2021...

    Carlow County Council is calling on community groups , business representative organisations and interested parties to be part of the call for innovative projects under the two measures for the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021 launched by Minister Humphreys this week. ...

  • 21/04/2021

    LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICES NOW SUPPORTING OVER 7,500 SMALL BUSINESSES AND 35,000 JOBS ACCORDING TO NEW FIGURES...

    Today (21 April), The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD, announced the annual results of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) for 2020 which showed that over 7,500 companies employing over 35,000 people are now supported by the LEOs...

  • 12/04/2021

    Outdoor Seating and Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Scheme Open...

    The focus of this scheme is to provide a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses, in our town centres, to purchase or upgrade equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and, therefore, increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021. This scheme will financially assist and support independent tourism and hospitality business owners to create outdoor dining experiences in a regulated and accessible manner. Funding under the scheme is only available to existing businesses....

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  • 01/04/2021

    Craft Hub – International Opening Conference

    On 21st April 2021 at 12noon (Irish Time) the CraftHub project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, will host an Opening Conference to present the topics and the goals of this ambitious initiative focused on Craft in the context of European cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice. ...

  • Common South East SM

    29/03/2021

    Common South East Priorities set out in first ever First Citizens Accord ...

    The first-of-its-kind South East First Citizens Accord has created a Forum of the First Citizens from Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford who are coming together with the key goal of addressing the structural challenges faced by the South East. The region is particularly vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic having had the highest regional unemployment rate coming into the crisis. The Accord agrees on immediate common priorities for the region as a whole that can aid economic recovery coming out of the Covid-19 crisis and can address the historical imbalance in State funding and engagement with the South East...

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    26/03/2021

    Call for applications for Festival & Event Funding for 2021 ...

    Carlow County Council has this week announced details of its Community Festival and Events funding for 2021, supporting community organisations in the County to create experiences for visitors and locals. The supports this year will offer a combination of training and funding for eligible groups, and have a significant focus on commercial tourism benefit to support the reboot of the economy. ...

  • 24/03/2021

    CARLOW STUDENTS SET FOR NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FINAL

    Local Enterprise Office Carlow have announced that winning teenager entrepreneurs from Knockbeg College will represent Carlow at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final on Friday 14th May. As with last year’s event the Final will take place virtually with approximately 80 finalist teams logging in all over the country. ...

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    23/03/2021

    INAB accreditation brings competitive edge to County Carlow Company...

    INAB accreditation brings competitive edge to County Carlow Company, 2eva ...

  • 23/03/2021

    Notice of Proposed Part 8 Development Potato Market

    Notice of Proposed Part 8 Development Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) Part XI Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) - Part 8 ...

  • 23/03/2021

    Notice of Proposed Part 8 Development Visual Centre

    Notice of Proposed Part 8 Development Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) Part XI Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) - Part 8 ...

  • 19/03/2021

    €25m Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is now open for applications...

    The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., has opened the new €25m Live Performance Support Scheme for applications...

  • Aine Enterprise

    19/03/2021

    County Finalists announced for Student Enterprise Programme Virtual Final...

    Carlow County Council’s - Local Enterprise Office is delighted to announce the Finalists for this year’s Student Enterprise Programme 2020/21 representing five second level schools in County Carlow. The County Final will take place on Friday 24th March 2021 at 2pm, where the winners will be announced live on air. As with last year’s event the Final will take place virtually where Noel Davison, The Entrepreneurs Academy, will host the event. ...

  • 04/09/2014

    Local Enterprise Office Launches New Loan Partnership

    The Local Enterprise Office Carlow is teaming up with Microfinance Ireland, to launch a new type of loan support aimed at the small business community in the region....

  • 18/08/2014

    Showcase 2015

    Local Enterprise Office –Carlow is seeking expressions of interest from clients engaged in the craft, design and gift sector interested in taking a stand in the Enterprise Zone at Showcase 18th – 21st January 2015. ...

  • 14/08/2014

    New Frontiers Programme 2014

    Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Carlow are currently recruiting for their next New Frontiers Programme....

  • 25/07/2014

    Form Group to Exhibit at Kilkenny Arts Festival...

    FORM is a group of designer makers and craftspeople living and working in the Carlow region of Ireland...

  • 03/07/2014

    Applications open for national scheme to help Small Businesses trade online...

    From today, 1 July 2014, small businesses throughout Ireland can apply to the government for digital vouchers to the system in helping their businesses trade online....

  • 30/06/2014

    Gothic Castle stages Business Picnic to make connections happen...

    Duckett’s Grove Castle just outside Carlow Town will be the venue for the second Business Picnic being held on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 hosted by Carlow & Wexford Local Enterprise Offices and partners....

  • 13/06/2014

    Time to GROW your Business

    ManagementWorks is an initiative from the State Company Skillnets, under the Governments Action Plan for Jobs, aimed at providing Owners Managers/Managers of Small and Medium size Businesses with practical, impactful programmes that will make a real difference to them and to that of their business....

  • 13/06/2014

    Minister Rabbitte rolls out whole of Government scheme to support local businesses trading online...

    Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte T.D., this evening brought together Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) from around the country for the first time to upskill their Staff, Mentors and Business Advisors on the important aspects of small business trading online....

  • 23/05/2014

    New craft network launched in Carlow...

    A new craft network, called FORM, was launched this week (14/05/2014) at a reception at VISUAL, Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow. The network consists of 12 established designer makers, who create high quality home ware, gifts and wearable pieces. ...

  • Enterprise Logo

    14/04/2014

    Local Enterprise Office opened for business...

    The Local Enterprise Office is a new national resource, staffed with professional people with business training, to assist budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses in every county in Ireland....

Case Studies

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    26/11/2020

    Woodford Dolmen Hotel

    Five years ago, one of Carlow’s longest-established hotels, the Woodford Dolmen, was in receivership. Today, despite the hardship of the lockdown and the difficulties faced by the hospitality sector, it has more than doubled its staff to 105 and added a fourth star to its rating certification....

  • Rea's 130x114

    26/11/2020

    Rea's Department Store

    Some businesses make a town, and Rea’s Department Store is one of them. A fixture of Bagenalstown since 1958, Rea’s has welcomed generations of shoppers for over half a century....

  • Cullens 130x114

    26/11/2020

    Cullens Nurseries

    Cullen Nurseries’ roots run old and deep. In 1994, owner Robert Cullen, fresh from Multyfarnham Agricultural College in Co Westmeath, began his own small-scale landscaping business with his father Peter. Soon the pair branched out into forestry and hedging....

  • CIELS

    26/11/2020

    CIELS

    People tend to think of family-run businesses as farms and corner shops, not language schools. For Danny Barron, however, teaching English is a family business, and one that’s scaling fast....

  • The Paint Hub

    10/12/2019

    Paint Hub

    If blood is thicker than water, in the Gaynor family, paint is thicker still....

  • Little Crew

    10/12/2019

    Little Crew - PreStart

    There’s an old-world charm to wooden toys. They’re sturdy and designed with care; they’re simple and straightforward, perfect for imagining and pretending; and unlike their mass-produced plastic counterparts, they don’t run out of batteries (or make noise)....

  • Jo Browne

    10/12/2019

    Jo Browne

    When asked how it all began, Jo Browne goes back to when she was 10 years old, recalling how her sister-in-law gave her a ‘solid’ perfume from Greece. She fell in love with it. She stayed loyal to solid perfume as she grew up and amassed a collection from all over the world....

  • Equinox

    10/12/2019

    Equinox

    Noel and Tomoko Doyle first met while studying in the UK. They began a relationship soon after and moved to Tomoko’s home country of Japan....

  • Butlers - Grow

    10/12/2019

    Butlers Organic Eggs

    A happier hen makes a fresher egg—that’s according to David and Paula Butler, the owners of Butler’s Organic Eggs, a Hacketstown-based chicken farm that specialises in the production of organic eggs....

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    21/12/2017

    Smyth and O'Reilly

    Silver Spear Gin is the inaugural product by Artisan Irish Distillers Smyth & O’Reilly which they launched to market in 2017. The distillery is located at Ballydarton House in Carlow and it is run by Gavin O’Reilly and husband and wife team Charles and Dawn Smyth. The brand is built on an extremely interesting and unique history which adds authenticity, prov- idence and heritage to their brand story and with the support of Local Enterprise Off ice Carlow and others along the way they are now successfully exporting this fantastic artisan product internationally from their base here in Carlow....

Our Partners

  • Local Authorities Ireland
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Microfinance
  • Revenue
  • EUGO
  • EGF
  • Bord Bia
  • Dept of Social Protection
  • DJEI
  • Dept of Environment
  • South East Business & Innovation Centre (SEBIC
  • Skillsnets
  • Carlow Libraries
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Carlow Chambers
  • Carlow County Development Partnership