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Business Training

In addition to the training programmes scheduled, the Tipperary Local Enterprise Office also offers the following programmes/initiatives to assist the development of the business community:

  • Business FAQ's One to One Basis

One to one sessions with specialist advisors can be arranged to deal with sensitive/urgent business issues. All meetings will take place at LEO Offices by appointment. Free of Charge to qualifying businesses.

  • Company Development

Comprehensive on-site skills development programme for owners/managers preceded by a diagnostic visit to identify barriers to growth. The initiative is tailored to suit the needs of the company and the duration varies from as little as one up to six days on-site coaching focussing on the skills and expertise required to overcome perceived barriers and strengthen competitiveness. Training / Consultancy is delivered by specialists from a professional panel. The programme is funded by the Tipperary LEO and participants will be expected to contribute a participation fee of not more than 10% of the assignment cost.

  • Management Development

Comprehensive accredited training for existing firms involving a mix of group training workshops and one to one on-site sessions. Limited to 15 qualifying firms, training is generally delivered over a number of months with on-site meetings arranged to suit the participant. The participating firm generally contributes 10% of the training cost.

  • Mentors

On-site counselling with owner / managers to address areas of concern in the business such as costing, financial management, marketing, sales, production, standards and systems, business planning etc. The Tipperary LEO has assembled a panel of experienced Mentors which are assigned following a needs analysis as appropriate. Similar to other programmes, the grantee is required to contribute 10% of the assignment cost payable in advance.

  • Temporary Business Advisors

We have an established panel of Temporary Business Advisors for the current year to address issues specifically in the areas of financial planning, costing, taxation, business structures etc. A fee of €20 per visit applies to grantees under the scheme and unlike Mentor meetings usually take place at the practitioners place of business.

  • E-Commerce Mentors

On-site assistance is available for development of Internet capability and search engine optimisation as well as formulating web marketing strategies, content management etc. Beneficiaries under the scheme are expected to make a contribution of €30 towards each on-site coaching session. The Board appoints a panel of E-Commerce Coaches on an annual basis.

  • Exhibition Grants Domestic Market

Grant is based on 50% of actual expenditure or a qualifying expenditure ceiling of €2,000 whichever is the lesser. The grant scheme covers exhibition fees such as stand rental, graphics and participation in show catalogues. The Scheme limit will apply to each grantee on an annual basis (i.e. no applicant may receive more than €1,000 in a calendar year). The Trade Fairs/Exhibitions Support Scheme will be confined to qualifying micro-enterprises (i.e. not more than 10 employees) and the approval of the Board must be obtained before the date of the actual show/exhibition. Firms are also offered the option to participate on group exhibition stands at events such as, Showcase etc. at highly subsidised rates.

  • Web Site Development Grants

Grant is based on 50% of actual expenditure or a qualifying expenditure ceiling of €2,000 whichever is the lesser. Eligible costs include design and digital imagery/photography, initial domain name registration and search engine optimisation. Applications to the LEO must be made in advance of expenditure being incurred.

All applications must be supported by a fee proposal/quotation from at least three website development firms. The Scheme is restricted to qualifying enterprises only, such as firms employing fewer than 10 staff in the manufacturing, internationally traded or specialised services sectors. The grant is available on "a once off" basis. Projects in the retail and distribution sectors are ineligible under the scheme.

  • Quality System Accreditation

The LEO offers grant assistance to eligible firms towards the installation of Quality Systems and HR Standards such as ISO, Q-Mark, Excellence Through People etc. Excellence Through People (ETP) is Ireland's national standard for human resource management. A 50% grant subject to a maximum of €1,500 is available towards eligible consultants fees, accreditation costs etc. The grant requires advance LEO approval and is paid based on vouched expenditure and receipt of ISO, ETP or other certification.

  • Training Grants

A limited number of training grants can be made available to firms who do not qualify for assistance from FAS or other bodies. Training grants are paid on completion of an approved training programme on receipt of certification of attendance and vouched expenditure. Prior approval in writing is essential. Such grants are limited to owner/managers of qualifying firms only.

  • Computerised Management Accounts (On site Training)

Computerised Management Accounting training programmes (CMATP) can be arranged for firms who previously participated in group training workshops to deal with confidential accounting issues. Each on site visit will be of circa 3 hours/ half day duration and the participating firm will be required to contribute 50% of the cost.

  • Promoting Innovation & Creativity

The Tipperary LEO can support qualifying firms to buy in technical expertise and training in the areas of Research & Development, new product development, harnessing creativity, intellectual property, branding, corporate identity etc. Intervention usually takes the form of on site training or consultancy with assignments carried out at the company's place of business. The LEO outsources consultants from an approved panel managed and the participating firm generally contributes 20% of the assignment cost.