Local Enterprise Office

Welcome to Louth Local Enterprise Office

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR COVID (SBASC) 

This new scheme has been announced by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to assist businesses with eventual re-opening.

If your business pays rates to Louth County Council and you are not eligible for the Covid Restriction Support Scheme operated by Revenue, this scheme could be for you.

Closing date for applications is 21st April 2021.

For more information or to apply to Louth County Council, please click here:

BUSINESS ADVICE CLINICS & MENTORING

The Business Advice Clinic is still open. Appointments will take place by phone. To book your place on the clinic, click here

Mentoring sessions are still available to more established businesses. To Book your place on the Mentor programme, click here

BREXIT BORDER PROGRAMME'S RECRUITING NOW

In Jan 2020, Minister Heather Humphreys announced a €28 million  Border Region Stimulus package aimed at assisting border counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo manage the challenges faced as a result of Brexit. Aimed at mitigating the impact of Brexit, 5 programmes in key areas were developed to assist border businesses develop their capabilities and build resilience.

The programmes include:

To learn more about these programmes and express your interest, click here:

Shop Local - Search Local - Support Local

Your choices make a real difference to your community!

Whether online or in person, the choices we make when shopping have a real impact on our local community. Shopping local keeps small businesses trading and local people employed. Local businesses employ your neighbour, your cousins, your brothers, sisters, parents and wider community. They keep our towns and villages lit up and full of friendly warm welcomes.

So, in 2021 we’re asking you, whether shopping online or in person, to always #ShopLocal.

If you’re wondering where to start, explore our handy Shop Local Directory   where you can Shop Local, Search Local and Support Local. You'll find a huge selection of local businesses with all you need in food, fashion, gifts, crafts, home, garden and so much more.

Why not use #LookForLouth in your social media posts to tell us about the great local businesses you've discovered or brilliant local service that you’ve experienced?

Click here to start exploring our Shop Local Directory.

 

Supports for Local Retailers:

Local Businesses who have an online presence are invited to join our Shop Local Directory by emailing Tradingonline@Leo.Louthcoco.ie with your business name, web address, a logo or photo and a brief description of your product or service.

Louth’s Local Enterprise Office has a range of supports for retailers. Explore our website, emails us on info@leo.louthcoco.ie or call us on 1890 202303 to talk about your needs and how we can help.

 Don’t forget to use #ShopLocal #LookForLouth #LookForLocal in your social posts so we can see and share them.

 
#ShopLocal #LookForLouth #LookForLocal
 

Trading Online Voucher Scheme

We are pleased to advise that the second phase of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme  is now accepting applications through your Local Enterprise Office.

We would encourage you to submit your completed application form to Louth Local Enterprise Office to TradingOnline@leo.louthcoco.ie  

Applications received after 5pm on December 31st will be considered for support at 50% of website costs to a maximum value of €2500.

For more information on the scheme and to obtain the application form click here. 

Microfinance Ireland Supports for COVID-19

The COVID 19 Business Loan from Microfinance Ireland (MFI) is a government funded initiative to support small businesses through the current period of  uncertainty and protect job creation/sustainment in Ireland.  

If any micro-enterprise is impacted or may be impacted negatively by COVID-19 resulting in a reduction of 15% or more in turnover or profit, AND they are having difficulty in accessing Bank finance, the MFI COVID-19 Business Loan may be an alternative funding solution for them

For more information, click here.

Details of other Business Supports

Details of other business supports available from the Department of Enterprise, Business and Innovation can be found at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/

For a full list of supports from DBEI click here to download

A full range of Local Enterprise Office Supports can be found at https://www.localenterprise.ie/response

Contact Us

During this time, the best way to contact us is at info@leo.louthcoco.ie and a LEO representative will be back to you as soon as possible

Upcoming Events

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15/04/2021Start Your Own Business Thursday PM April Book online
20/04/2021Data Protection for Small Business Book online
21/04/2021Start Your Own Business Wednesday PM April Book online
22/04/2021Successful Tenders Book online
27/04/2021Website Design using Wordpress Book online
29/04/2021Accessing Finance for your Business Book online
06/05/2021Instagram for Beginners Book online

Latest News

Case Studies

  • 21/05/2019

    DUNDALK-BASED OVVO® WINS GLOBAL ACCOLADE AT INTERZUM 2019...

    Co. Louth-based company OVVO® has been recognised for design expertise at the global Interzum Awards for the third consecutive time. ...

  • 24/01/2017

    Goldfish

    Ireland's growing reputation as a destination for customer service contact centres has opened up a gap in the market for local suppliers. Gordon O'Neill, co-founder of cloud-based telecoms provider Goldfish in County Wicklow, tells us how this industry is providing new opportunities for SMEs ...

  • 24/01/2017

    Carlingford Brewing Company

    After more than a decade working in accountancy and recruitment, Des Goldrick decided to set-up his own craft beer enterprise. Today, he’s brewing up a storm in his own business, as he takes us on a tour of the Carlingford Brewing Company in County Louth ...

  • 23/01/2017

    Applied Concepts

    We meet National Enterprise Award winner, Mark Clendennen of Applied Concepts in Offaly, to hear how he became the country's only manufacturer of blasting machinery and is now exporting Irish-made industrial equipment around the world from his base in the Midlands ...

  • 06/07/2016

    Christening Generations: New Venture All Sewn-Up...

    We find out how second time around has its business advantages when we meet entrepreneur and LEO client, Miriam Lloyd of Christening Generations, as she takes us on a tour of her dressmaking and design studio....

  • 11/05/2016

    Water2Buy Limited

    We talk beginnings, growing and European domination with entrepreneur and LEO client, Kevin Egan and David Forde as they show us around Water2Buy Limited. ...

  • 08/06/2016

    Áine Hand Made Chocolate

    Áine Hand Made Chocolate: Right Recipe for Business Success We talk tactics, taste and truffles with entrepreneur and LEO client, Ann Rudden, as she takes us on a tour of Aíne Hand Made Chocolate ...

Our Partners

  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Microfinance Ireland
  • InterTrade Ireland
  • Dept of Jobs
  • Bord Bia