Big Leap in Start-ups in 2016, get trained on starting your own business with LEO dlr

Press Release

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

07 January 2016

Local Enterprise Office predicting big leap in new start-ups during Leap Year

A big leap in the number of start-ups is expected in 2016, according to the Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown(LEO DLR), which is planning to run 10 ‘Start Your Own Business’ training programmes during the Leap Year.


LEO DLR is one of 31 offices around the country set up as the ‘first-stop-shop’ for new start-ups and small businesses looking to grow. In 2015, 4,000 aspiring entrepreneurs benefited from more than 260 LEO ‘Start Your Own Business’ programmes, which were held across every county in Ireland.


Designed to help a new entrepreneur become ‘start-up ready’, the training programmes typically run over 8 weeks and focus on topics such as how to prepare business plans, what market research and marketing tools are available, how to manage cash flow and making the most out of technology. According to the LEO, the majority of those completing the ‘SYOB’ programme successfully start up their own business, creating further employment in the local community.

The next programme is due to start on Tuesday 19th January in Rathfarnham and will be run over 8 weeks (one evening per week). The cost of this course is heavily subsidised by the Local Enterprise Office and places cost just €150, which includes all training materials.


Eibhlin Curley, Head of Enterprise of the Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown highlighted all the other supports that are on offer to new-start-ups in 2016, such as grants, microfinance loans, one-to-one mentoring and business advice clinics. She said: “Following on from two years of remarkable growth in the Irish economy, we’re encouraging anyone thinking of starting a business in 2016 to talk to the experts here at the Local Enterprise Office.” 


Commenting on this initiative, An Cathaoirleach Councillor Barry Saul said:- “I would encourage all potential entrepreneurs in the county who have a good business idea to find out about the supports on offer from LEO DLR and to sign up for the ‘Start Your Own Business’ training programme. There has never been a better time to get your business idea up and running.”


More positive news for start-ups in 2016 comes from the ESRI, the Economic and Social Research Institute, which has revised upwards its outlook for the Irish economy in 2016, forecasting a growth rate of 4.8 per cent.* Ireland has also retained the fourth spot in the ‘Best Countries for Business’ world rankings, according to Forbes Magazine.



For all media queries, please contact Local Enterprise Office DLR or (01) 204 7083