New Leo takes over from County Enterprise Board

The former Meath County Enterprise Board is now part of Meath County Council and the newly formed Meath Local Enterprise Office is open for business, representing a transformation of the support structure for all businesses in the county.

The national launch of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country took place on 29 April, 2014.

The LEO is a new first stop shop for anyone looking to establish or expand a business through financial assistance, information, advice, training, mentoring and referral to Microfinance Ireland.

The new service means national enterprise policy and local business supports have now been brought together to strengthen the local business culture and environment, combining the best of the former County Enterprise Board and Meath County Council, overseen by the Centre of Excellence in Enterprise Ireland.

The Meath LEO will provide an enhanced advice and guidance service relating to information exchange, mutual contacts and client referrals with other agencies involved with jobs and enterprise.

Fine Gael Meath West TD, and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, welcomed the launch, saying it heralded the opening of a nationwide system of 31 Local Enterprise Offices designed to deliver an improved system of local enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country.

"With over 60,000 net new jobs created last year, we are on the road to economic recovery. The service provided by the LEOs will ensure that the jobs boost is felt right across all regions of the country", he said.

"I know that in my own county of Meath, all available grants, mentoring and training facilities are needed to aid growth and development following what has been an extremely difficult time for local business.

"The new network of Local Enterprise Offices will provide an additional €3.5 million in funding with a particular focus on supporting young entrepreneurs under 30 years of age", he added.