Kilkenny company, Envirico Ltd from Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny, were one of over 30 Local Enterprise Office clients from across the country who exhibited in the Local Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Carlow last week.


A record attendance at this year’s National Ploughing Championships will have a positive knock on impact for all the small businesses who were attending at the Local Enterprise Village in the event this week according to Minister Heather Humphreys T.D.  The Local Enterprise Village, an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in local authorities across the country, saw over 30 small businesses from LEOs given the opportunity to exhibit at Europe’s largest outdoor event and showcase their products and services to just under 300,000 attendees.


A host of well-known faces dropped into the Local Enterprise Village across the three days including Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister Pat Breen T.D., the Queen of the Ploughing, Anna May McHugh, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and TV personalities Kathryn Thomas and Mary Kennedy.


The Kilkenny based company Envirico Ltd offers customized solutions to control and tackle the problems associated with invasive species both on land and in water.  Amanda Greer, Senior Project Manager with Envirico Ltd said “The Local Enterprise Village provides a great location and offers great PR opportunities.It has the potential to open doors to meet other sectors that might not have been accessible to us or even on our radar”. She added “It was well worth doing; you never know what new business could arise as a result”.


Minster for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D., said; “It was fantastic to spend time with these small businesses from across the country.  The Local Enterprise Village is the only place at the Ploughing you will find a mix of Ireland’s best entrepreneurs and small businesses across a variety of sectors.  These small businesses are helping to boost their local economies and are employing staff in towns and villages across the country so we will continue to support them through initiatives like this and the range of Local Enterprise Office programmes. Our small businesses of today are our international companies of tomorrow and it was great to see the support of so many of the Ploughing attendees for the Local Enterprise Village.”


The Local Enterprise Village is just one of the Local Enterprise Offices initiatives that aim to support and promote small businesses across the country. There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices located in local authorities nationwide funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.