Local Enterprise Office

Welcome to Local Enterprise Office South Cork

Local Enterprise Office South Cork

Welcome to 2018. Will all those New Years Resolutions to choose from maybe this is the year you decide to start your own business. Or if already in business why not take a little time out to work on your business and maybe the LEO might just have a programme that addresses what it is you would wish to work on. If so we would love to hear from you or have you participate in one of our programmes or events, or indeed where relevant have you apply for one of our financial supports.  I would invite you to check back in regularly to see do we have a training programme, an event, a network evening or a financial support and more that may just be right for you. 

Should you wish at any stage to talk to one of our advisers please give us a call and we will arrange that for you. We are located in the The Business Growth Hub on the County Hall campus. 

Some initiatives that may be of relevance to you at the moment:

  • Are you planning any overseas trade missions or market visits? If your business qualifies you might like to consider applying for a TAME (Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters) Grant.
  • Having thoughts about going into business for yourself? Our Start Your Own Business Programmes have helped hundreds of people in the past few years to make their decisions on this. Please check our Schedule of Events for the next round of SYOB that might work for you!
  • Are you currently thinking about upgrading your trading online presence? A TRADING ONLINE VOUCHER may be waiting for you!!!
  • Very early stage or having some credit issues and require an injection of funds? A MICROFINANCE LOAN might be a suitable option.

Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), act as a “First Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.  The role of the LEO is to drive the development of local enterprise, putting micro and small business at the heart of job creation.  We support business start-ups and work to increase the job potential of new and existing micro and small businesses with information, advice, training, mentoring, seminars and selective financial support.

We invite you to take a look around our website and see just what might be relevant to you at this point in time. See our upcoming training programmes and events, our various grant programmes, the partners we work with and more.

Cork County Council is committed to supporting enterprise within our region and as your Local Enterprise Office we look forward to working with you on your business journey.

Upcoming Events

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05/03/2018Buyer Registration ''Food Service - Meet the Buyer" - A Taste Cork Event... Book online
05/03/2018Producer Registration ''Food Service - Meet the Buyer'' A Taste Cork Event... Book online
06/03/20181/2018 Business Advice Clinic - Tuesday 6th March Book online
07/03/2018Enterprise Week - Trading Online Voucher Seminar Book online
08/03/20183/2018 Start Your Own Business Programme Book online
18/04/20181/2018 ISAX Ingenuity Build Your Business Programmme for over 50s... Book online
06/03/2018Enterprise Week - Design Lead Thinking Seminar Book online

Latest News

  • 27/06/2017

    LEO Innovation Investment Fund

    Applications are now open for the €1.5m National ''Innovation Investment Fund'' Apply Now.

  • 21/06/2017

    Brexit Scorecard now available to LEO clients

    Enterprise Ireland today launched the ‘Brexit SME Scorecard’, a new interactive online platform which can be used by all Irish companies to self-assess their exposure to Brexit under six business pillars. Based on answers supplied by the user, the Scorecard generates an immediate report which contains suggested actions and resources, and information on events for companies to attend, to prepare for Brexit. ...

  • 21/06/2017

    Be Part of Showcase 2018

    Showcase 2018 will take place from 21st – 24th January 2018 at the RDS, Dublin. (www.showcaseireland.com) This strictly trade-only event is recognised as the annual leading Gift Show in Ireland with more than 450 exhibitors including leading Irish designers and manufacturers and the very best emerging home grown creative talent. The four –day event attracts over 5,000 domestic and overseas buyers. ...

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    Enterprising South Cork Students Compete for National Title...

    Students from all over the South Cork region gathered in the Devere Hall at UCC on Thursday 9th to see who would represent the area at the national Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin on 3rd May at Croke Park....

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    The ‘Best Promotion of Business On-Line’ Google award went to Richard Barrett (age 27) of Pundit Arena in South Cork....

    Richard Barrett of Pundit Arena wins Google Award at the National Final of the Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition. ...

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    Cork's Largest Digital Event Encourages Businesses to Get Online...

    Cork's largest Digital Seminar was held today in Rochestown Park Hotel. Hosted by Cork's Local Enterprise Offices, in partnership with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Regional Trading Online Event gave more than 200 business people from Cork and the surrounding region the opportunity to discover not only how they can start trading online, but how they can identify emerging trends to help grow their share of online business....

  • Local Enterprise Awards


    Cork County Businesses Announced for National Enterprise Awards ...

    Damien McDonnell of Polar IceTech will represent South Cork at the National Enterprise Awards. Damien received €5000 in prize funds comprised of cash and soft supports, at a special awards ceremony at County Hall on March 7th....

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    3,000 People to Attend Events Throughout Local Enterprise Week in Cork...

    More than 3,000 people will attend business events in Cork from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March as part of Local Enterprise Week. ...

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    Local Enterprise Office will host one of Europe’s Young Entrepreneurs...

    The Local Enterprise Office South Cork is participating for the first time in the EU business exchange programme, ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’. A cross-border exchange programme, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is open to all new or aspiring entrepreneurs and will give them the opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other European Countries...



    South Cork entrepreneurs reach National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition ...

    Local Enterprise Office South Cork has confirmed that Mark Moriarty of Awesound and Richard Barrett of Pundit Arena as South Cork’s entrepreneurs who have clinched a place in the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Dublin this March....

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    Inspiring Entrepreneurs of the Future ...

    Students from all over South Cork made their way to the Nexus Centre at CIT on Tuesday 24th for an action packed day of events. The main theme was inspiration, as the students listened to the story of the journeys of several successful entrepreneurs, who took the stage at the venue in a conference setting, specifically designed for the young entrepreneurs....

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    #NWED 2016

    Cork and Kerry to celebrate ten years of National Women’s Enterprise Day on October 19th ...

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    The Next Generation of South Cork Entrepreneurs Accelerate Their Way to Business Success...

    A new generation of entrepreneurs are in the making as this year’s South Cork Student Enterprise Programme was launched at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island on Monday October 3rd. The packed event was attended by over three hundred students who are about to launch their business ideas as part of the National Student Enterprise Programme....

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    National Womens Enterprise Day 2016 Launched...

    Seven events taking place around the country on Wednesday, October 19th to highlight success stories and to encourage more women to access enterprise supports ...

  • 22/08/2016

    Search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur gets underway in South Cork €2 million investment fund to support young entrepreneurs, aged between 18 and 35...

    With a €2million investment fund available, including a €50,000 investment fund for South Cork winners, the enterprise initiative from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland attracted 1,400 applications across the country last year and supported over 450 young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial assistance....

Our Partners

  • Enterprise Ireland
  • MicroFinance Ireland
  • UCC
  • CIT
  • Bord Bia
  • Department of Social Protection
  • Futurallia