Every county in the country saw growth in jobs in LEO-supported companies

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today published the 2014 annual results for the Local Enterprise Offices, showing that 4012 extra jobs were created by companies supported by the Department of Jobs through the LEOs. 3people

The results, which were compiled by the Enterprise Ireland Centre of Excellence, using the same systems as applied to the Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland annual results, show that at the end of 2014, total direct employment among the 6,058 LEO client companies stood at  31,326. The results also show:

  • A total of 7,305 new jobs created during 2014, in gross terms
  • Taking into account losses, a net increase of 4,012, or 14%, in the numbers of people at work in these companies
  • Jobs growth happened during 2014 in every county of the country in companies supported by LEOs

Speaking today as he hosted the Regional Enterprise Forum for the South West region, Minister Bruton said: “In Ireland we have great start-ups – we just don’t have enough of them. Start-up businesses create two thirds of all new jobs in Ireland, and they also offer huge potential to support jobs growth in every town and village in the country. That is why we have placed start-ups and entrepreneurs at the centre of our jobs plans, and put in place very significant new reforms like the creation of the Local Enterprise Offices.

“The LEOs have allowed us to make all the Government supports for start-ups available in one easily accessible place, and have also allowed us to put in place new measures like the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition and the trading online vouchers, which have helped so many start-ups.

“Today’s annual results show that the new system is performing extremely strongly, with over 4000 extra jobs in supported companies in 2014, and jobs growth in every county of the country. I wish to commend the 31 Heads of LEO and all of their staff on this excellent achievement. I also wish to pay tribute to Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities who have supported the LEOs.  The LEOs will continue to be a crucial part of our plans to deliver sustainable full employment, and to accelerate jobs growth in every region of the country”.

Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD said: “One of the real strengths of the LEOs is their local knowledge, with 31 offices right across the country.  The fact that they serve as a first stop shop for start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses means that the entrepreneurs that we want to encourage and support have one central place where they can get information and assistance in identifying the supports that are available to them.”

“Business people are busy people and the LEOs offer a range of supports to help them create and sustain jobs in every town and village in Ireland, as is demonstrated by the figures in the annual report.  Very importantly, they also offer training and mentoring to entrepreneurs and their staff and I am particularly pleased to see the high take up of training by female entrepreneurs.” 

Michael Hanley, Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork North and West, said “as a Head of Enterprise in a LEO I too welcome the announcement of the 2014 LEO jobs performance. This jobs performance reflects the hard work and dedication of all LEO staff across the 31 LEOs. Those of us working at the coal face of client interaction are very aware of the challenges, especially over the last few years, faced by people trying to start-up their own business or grow an existing business and, indeed, of the challenges faced by the State and its Agencies in seeking to continue to support business and drive job creation. I am sure I reflect the views of all LEO staff when I say that it is a privilege to be part of a local success story when a business idea turns into a business plan which then turns into a viable actual business employing local people and contributing to the local economy.

The results for 2014 also show that: 

  • In 2014, LEO client companies created a gross total of 7,305 new jobs, comprising of 4,568 full-time posts and 2,737 part-time posts
  • Overall, at the end of 2014, total direct employment among the 6,058 LEO client companies stood at 31,326, of which 22,555 were full-time and 8,771 were part-time jobs

 

Region

No Of Clients

Total Jobs 2014

Total Jobs Growth 2014

Border Total

                 1,049

        5,323

                 470

Mid-East Total

                     380

        2,061

                 354

Mid-West Total

                     507

        3,120

                 507

Midlands Total

                     743

        3,498

                 263

South-East Total

                 1,067

        5,786

                 827

South-West Total

                     910

        4,512

                 634

West Total

                     562

        2,583

                 164

Dublin Total

                     840

        4,443

                 793

Grand Total

                 6,058

      31,326

              4,012

 

 

LEO Employment 2014 - by NUTS III Region

 

LEO

No Of Clients

Total Jobs 2014

Total Jobs Growth 2014

Border

Cavan

                     195

        1,049

                 108

Donegal

                     159

        1,223

                    45

Leitrim

                     126

            388

                 117

Louth

                     197

            656

                    66

Monaghan

                     170

            904

                    61

Sligo

                     202

        1,103

                    73

Border Total

                 1,049

        5,323

                 470

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-East

Kildare

                     103

            683

                    63

Meath

                     180

            806

                 154

Wicklow

                       97

            572

                 137

Mid-East Total

                     380

        2,061

                 354

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-West

Clare

                     161

        1,346

                 202

Tipperary North

                     130

            482

                 107

Limerick

                     216

        1,292

                 198

Mid-West Total

                     507

        3,120

                 507

 

 

 

 

 

Midlands

Laois

                       85

            384

                    35

Longford

                     222

            899

                    75

Offaly

                     194

            931

                 115

WestMeath

                     242

        1,284

                    38

Midlands Total

                     743

        3,498

                 263

 

 

 

 

 

South-East

Carlow

                     206

        1,152

                 207

Kilkenny

                     243

        1,154

                 196

Tipperary South

                     148

            895

                    62

Waterford

                     300

        1,515

                 152

Wexford

                     170

        1,070

                 210

South-East Total

                 1,067

        5,786

                 827

 

 

 

 

 

South West

Cork City

                       96

            656

                 191

Cork South

                     155

            785

                 171

Cork West/North

                     215

        1,277

                 187

Kerry

                     444

        1,794

                    85

South-West Total

                     910

        4,512

                 634

 

 

 

 

 

West

Galway County/City

                     239

            882

                 105

Mayo

                     182

        1,060

                    53

Roscommon

                     141

            641

                      6

West Total

                     562

        2,583

                 164

 

 

 

 

 

Dublin

Dublin City

                     258

        1,431

                 453

Dublin Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

                     211

        1,304

                 156

Dublin Fingal

                     142

            562

                 126

Dublin South

                     229

        1,146

                    58

Dublin Total

                     840

        4,443

                 793

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

                 6,058

      31,326

              4,012

 

 

 

 

Further results

  • The 31 LEOs approved a total of €14.359m in grant assistance in respect of 850 projects by their client companies;
  • The LEOs also organised the inaugural Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, which attracted over 1000 applications and awarded over €2million in investments to winning companies

 

Training

  • The LEOs held a total of 1,714 training programmes for client companies during 2014, under which 24,616 client employees received training on a range of accredited and non-accredited courses;
  • A higher number of female participants (13,913) than male participants (10,696) availed of LEO training courses in 2014, mirroring the trend in 2013, when the LEOs provided training support to 15,770 and 11,251 female and male client employees, respectively.

 

Mentoring

  • At 6,890, the number of participants availing of mentoring services from the LEOs in 2014 was almost unchanged from the 6,881 participants the previous year;
  • During 2014, total of 3,969 male and 2,921 female mentees had a total of 10,830 visits from 655 mentors engaged by the LEOs.