Local Enterprise Office Galway clients created 111 jobs in 2018


Minister Humphreys T.D. and Minister Breen T.D. announce Local Enterprise Office figures for 2018


Local Enterprise Office Galway 2018 jobs figures, announced by Heather Humphreys T.D. Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, show that 111 were created by Local Enterprise Office Galway supported companies last year. This is an increase of 11% since 2017.

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This is the 5th year of employment growth for the Local Enterprise Offices, with 3,656 net jobs created nationwide in 2018.  The Local Enterprise Offices now support over 36,000 jobs in 7,000 LEO client companies all over Ireland.  Since the LEOs were established in 2014 their clients have created over 18,000 jobs in small businesses across the country.  The Local Enterprise Offices also approved €18.2million worth of financial assistance to 1,259 projects.


In 2018 the Local Enterprise Offices worked successfully with 171 of their client companies to help them transfer to Enterprise Ireland along with 796 associated jobs.  This was up from 60 companies making the transition in 2017.  


Minister Humphreys T.D. said; “The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are a hugely important part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in this country. They do Trojan work in every county right across the country and these 2018 jobs figures highlight the significant contribution they make to the economy as a whole.  This is the 5th year in a row of employment growth for the LEOs, which support our indigenous businesses to create jobs locally. Not only are they helping small businesses to plan, start and grow, but they are also working closely with their 7,164 client companies to minimise their Brexit exposure.  The LEOs will continue to play a key role in 2019 and beyond, ensuring that every small business has access to the support it needs. I was delighted to allocate them an additional €5m in Budget 2019 to further support their invaluable work on the ground.”


Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise at LEO Galway saysThese figures highlight the important role that the Local Enterprise Office Galway team is playing in supporting our clients to create jobs and sustaining small businesses in the region.  The LEOs are the first contact any entrepreneur or small business owner should have when they want to develop or grow their idea or company. Every day Local Enterprise Office Galway help small businesses to get off the ground, overcome challenges, hire new staff, fund innovation, prepare for Brexit and plan for the future. The range of supports on offer from the Local Enterprise Office will help anyone seeking to start or grow a small business through highly practical services such as professional business and management training, mentoring, networking opportunities, finance and much more. So I’d encourage anyone in business or thinking of starting a business to contact us to learn about the practical supports available”    



The 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, an initiative of the Government of Ireland, are operated in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities.  They provide expert training, mentoring and financial assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses who may want to start, develop or grow their company.   


The Local Enterprise Offices have played a key role in preparing small businesses in Ireland for Brexit.  This includes Brexit Mentoring, Technical Assistance for Micro Exporting grants for small businesses looking to diversify into new markets, the Brexit SME Scorecard, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme for those selling online internationally and LEAN for Micro enabling small companies to trade more effectively and competitively.


The Local Enterprise Offices will also roll out the Brexit Customs Training across the country beginning in February which will enable any small business to learn about the customs import and export procedures that will be required post-Brexit to ensure they can continue to trade effectively with a country outside the single market.  


Job Creation in 2018 – Local Enterprise Offices



Galway – 111 net jobs (up 11%)

Mayo – 130 net jobs (up 12%)

Roscommon – 80 net jobs (up 10%)