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Minister of State for Employment & Small Business, Pat Breen TD visits Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Tipperary and announces details of three new Enterprise Initiatives

Press Release - 15 September 2016

Minister of State for Employment & Small Business, Pat Breen TD visits Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Tipperary and announces details of three new Enterprise Initiatives

Three new enterprise initiatives, funded by Enterprise Ireland, to boost job creation in Tipperary were announced today when Minister of State, Pat Breen, visited LEO Tipperary

Exploiting the potential of AgriTech, creating a Digital and Gaming Corridor to link Clonmel and Thurles and the establishment of a Regional Food Cluster are three projects that have received Government backing via the LEO in Tipperary.

During his visit to Clonmel on Thursday 15 September, Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD said that “Last June, Under the Action Plan for Jobs, my Department announced that 16 proposals put forward by LEOs would receive €2m in funding under the Local Enterprise Office Competitive Fund to support a series of new enterprise and job creation initiatives and collaborations across the Country. I am pleased to announce thatLEO Tipperary will lead three out of the six successful applications in the South & East Region and will benefit as partners in two others which is a real boost for the County and indeed the Region enabling local stakeholders to progress a number of high level projects and priorities”. 

“LEO Tipperary has been provided with almost €200,000 in additional funds to drive these three new initiatives. The idea of LEOs working together on a collaborative basis to deliver initiatives for the region is at the heart of the idea behind this competition. I am delighted to see so many ideas and projects emerging and receiving support for their delivery from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Enterprise Ireland”.

The Local Enterprise Office in Tipperaryoperates from two locations, Clonmel and Nenagh in addition to providing outreach clinics at various locations across the County. The LEOs act as a “First Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information and support relating to starting or growing a business through the provision of direct financial assistance as well as training, mentoring and a sign posting service to other state supports.

Last year LEO Tipperary paid out in grant assistance an amount of €686,295 for 46projects. At the end of last year LEO client firms showed a net gain in employment numbers of 122 full time and part time jobs, a positive indication of economic recovery in Tipperary.

During his visit to Tipperary the Minister met with LEO staff and the Deputy CEO of Tipperary County Council Matt Shortt; 7 LEO clients; an EI client and also visited the Questum Enterprise Centre and the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre.



The AgriTech Symposium will assist in the promotion of an understanding and harnessing of the potential of agritech innovation and ICT adoption in the region specifically aimed at micro enterprise level. The proposed symposium should heighten awareness of the enterprise potential and industry benefits of engaging with agritech. The findings from the symposium will form the basis of an AgriTech strategy for Tipperary and neighbouring counties.

 The Digital and Gaming Corridor initiative will build on the success of Design Fest, Clonmel supported by the LEO in 2015 and on Tipperary County Council and LIT’s efforts to develop a strong Digital Media and Gaming corridor linking the Mid West and the South & East Regions specifically the campus towns of Thurles and Clonmel. This initiative will build on existing strengths, heighten awareness of the potential of the creative industries and assist in diversifying the current employment base. Design Fest Clonmel is the catalyst for new and existing firms in the creative industries to link with training, development and support providers, and was the initial step towards developing a high-tech industry cluster across the areas of research, gaming, creativity, multimedia and animation. This new initiative will provide the necessary funding to promote and support new venture creation in this area.

The Food Cluster will be a multi-agency effort involving Enterprise Ireland and An Bord Bia to avoid duplication of effort, services and resources. The Local Enterprise Offices will drive the Initiative on the ground and draw on the skills/services and resources of BordBia, Enterprise Ireland & Irish Exporters Association as appropriate. The initiative will build on many previous successful initiatives of LEO’s in the region in supporting indigenous food and beverage microenterprises in accessing international markets through their attendance and participation at international food trade shows and events.    This initiative will produce tangible benefits such an increase in the number of export focused firms, sales growth on both the domestic and export markets and of particular significance; firms participating in this initiative are expected to create at least 20 new jobs in the medium term.

 In partnership with other Local Enterprise Offices including Wicklow and near neighbours Wexford, Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny, Tipperary will benefit from a share of a further €275,000 provided by Enterprise Ireland to help consolidate a creative hub in the South Eastern region through an extensive networking and training programme for established SMEs and Start Ups servicing the creative industries. Local Enterprise Office Tipperary will also participate in and benefit from a pilot programme led by Wexford that will offer carefully selected micro-enterprises with growth ambitions the opportunity to benefit from concentrated support from the dedicated advisory panel of three experts per enterprise.

 Seven LEO Clients that the Minister met:

  1. Con Traas Ltd - a farm-based SME engaged in processing fruit produced by The Apple Farm,
  2. Emerald Oils a family run business producing cold pressed rapeseed oil,
  3. Tipperary Boutique Distillery - A new venture producing premium Irish whiskey,
  4. Maple and Spud Designs creates tepee tents/wigwams for children predominantly sold on line,
  5. EireChrom -Ireland’s recognised market leader in the highly specialised area of mass spectrometry - an advanced separations science technique,
  6. Pied Piper ChemicalsLtd is a family run business that manufactures rodenticide,
  7. One Box Vision:   design, develop & export automated machine vision systems and software for high volume manufacturing operations.

 One Enterprise Ireland client the Minister met:

Glenpatrick Spring Water