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Exciting outlook for Audio Visual/Film enterprises in Tipperary and the South East

Press Release                                                           Monday 7th November 2016

Exciting outlook for Audio Visual/Film enterprises in Tipperary and the South East

The future is bright for enterprises in the South Eastern Creative Corridor according to industry experts

Wicklow County Campus saw a packed auditorium for the South Eastern Creative Corridor (SECC) Symposium last week as industry experts and entrepreneurs came together to explore opportunities. An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices in the local authorities Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary Wexford and Wicklow, the SECC aims to support the development and growth of enterprises operating within or providing products and services to the creative audio visual sector.

The year-long initiative, which was kick-started at the event, offers enterprise owners an intensive programme of business development including training, mentoring, networking and access to finance. The objective is to assist participating businesses to increase sales, improve profitability, explore new markets and take full advantage of the opportunities in the sector. Funding for the initiative, which is led by the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow, is provided by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs competitive fund and it is expected that the outcomes of the programme will include job creation as well as the development of a sustainable creative industry cluster in the region.

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Front Row; Paul Young Cartoon Saloon, Ita Horan LEO Tipperary, Naomi Moore Lane Recording studios

Back Row: Breege Cosgrave LEO Wexford, Kieran Comerford LEO Carlow, Fiona Deegan LEO Kilkenny, Sheelagh Daly LEO Wicklow, Bryan Doyle Wicklow Co.Co.

The Symposium in Wicklow County Campus facilitated discussion between enterprises and key industry stakeholders on the trends and opportunities for business growth in the creative audio visual sector and related sectors. Delegates heard from a variety of speakers including Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon, Naomi Moore, CEO of Windmill Lane Recording, Sarah Dillon, Executive with the Irish Film Board, Jim Duggan MD of Screen Scene and Siun Ni Raghallaigh, CEO of Ardmore Studios, after which they had an opportunity to network and to learn more about the programme content from the programme co-ordinators, The Entrepreneurs Academy.

Speaking about the opportunities in the sector, Siun Ni Raghallaigh highlighted the exponential growth in the demand for content, and the impact technology has had on how content is both created and consumed. Jim Duggan emphasised that the key to success in a creative business was to achieve the right balance in the skills of the company directors between technology, creativity and finance. In addition he pointed out that it is critical to have clear goals and ambitions for the business, in particular in relation to trading internationally.

The Creative Corridor business development programme commences on the 9th December 2016 with a Regional Boot Camp in Kilkenny, focused on Goal Setting. This will be followed by a series of training workshops and accountability boards to be held in each County. The programme will culminate with an Audio Visual Summit in December 2017. More information is available at or by contacting your Local Enterprise Office.


Notes to Editor:

About the Local Enterprise Offices

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Tipperary promotes the development of enterprise in County Tipperary by focusing on the creation of enterprise awareness, providing management training and mentoring services for small business and by providing a range of financial incentives.

Partner LEOs in the South Eastern Creative Corridor programme are:

  • LEO Tipperary Contact: Ita Horan - Phone: 052 6129466
  • LEO Carlow, LEO Kilkenny, LEO Wexford, LEO Wicklow

The LEOs are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for providing advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports to those wishing to start or grow their own business. The LEO function is carried out by 31 Local Enterprise Offices in a partnership between Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities. For further information on the supports available see

About the South Eastern Creative Corridor

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Tipperary, in collaboration with Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow Local Enterprise Offices succeeded in winning funding under the LEO Competitive Fund to implement the ‘South Eastern Creative Corridor’ programme. The overall objective of the programme is to encourage and support entrepreneurs and established SMEs who can sell services or products to the audio visual industry or are operating in the sector, to grow their businesses, internationalise and create new jobs in the region. The participating companies will be supported through an extensive networking, mentoring and training programme including opportunities to access finance for their business plans.

About the LEO Competitive Fund

The purpose of the €5million LEO Competitive Fund is to support LEOs to collaborate within their national network to fund initiatives focused on clearly defined opportunities, weaknesses or business challenges impacting micro-enterprise locally, regionally and nationally in order to grow and sustain employment and scale micro-enterprise. Priority has been given to new approaches that build on, and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the country. A prerequisite for proposals was the need to demonstrate innovative solutions to fostering and creating employment. In-line with the national remit of LEOs, the specific objectives of this fund are:

  • To strengthen microenterprise locally, regionally and nationally in order to create jobs, grow enterprise and support the progression of LEO clients to Enterprise Ireland.  
  • To foster increased collaboration, networking and a joined up approach to national, regional and local micro-enterprise capability building, growth and job creation.
  • To achieve additionally in terms of job creation and enterprise growth through connecting the LEO network regionally and nationally.
  • To generate new actions that will support the Government’s National Action Plan for Jobs, Action Plan for Jobs Regional and the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland.