Covid-19 has created an incredibly challenging operating environment for business in Westmeath. There is a huge level of uncertainty and many questions & variables around cash flow, relationships with your customers, your suppliers and your banks, temporary and ceasing of trading, setting up virtual communications structures between employees or suppliers, selling products or gift vouchers online and staff continuity options. Currently, we need to focus on the essentials of business, we need to have purpose and we need to take action.

LEO Westmeath is working exceptionally hard to develop responses and practical approaches to help at this time.

We are very much open for business and strongly encourage you to talk to us about how we might help. We have LEO staff and a panel of mentors available to chat through your concerns and can advise and guide you as best possible.

We will continue to make available the most up-to-date information on supports and national level responses on our website & social media channels.

Our mentors will be able to provide and assist you with a roadmap of the most important things you need to do now in order to help your business to navigate the coming weeks and months. While face to face meetings are currently not an option, this mentoring will be delivered by skype/phone calls/email etc. Mentoring can be anything from 1 hour to a maximum of 9 hours and more importantly during these difficult times we have waived the fee.

If you are interested in working with a mentor, please contact the office on 044-9338945 or by email to Remember it’s FREE.

About our Mentor Programme

Local Enterprise Office Westmeath has formed a panel of experienced Business Mentors that are available to meet with business owners to advise them on particular issues in their business. Issues that we provide mentors on include business planning, human resource and employment legislation issues, financial matters, taxation, marketing, procurement, operations management and intellectual property rights. Specialist advisors are also available for the craft, food, engineering, manufacturing and retail sectors.

We endeavour to match a Mentor to a particular client with the key objective that the Mentor will provide advice and information, assist the business in identifying areas for improvement, devise action plans and offer guidance in implementing these plans.

A Mentors primary role is to listen, offer advice and provide guidance. As each business is unique and has its own individual requirements, a mentor identifies the specific needs of their client and customises the advice to the particular business.

How to Apply ?

Step 1 - Contact the Local Enterprise Office to discuss your exact requirements. You may be required to attend a meeting with the Business Advisor to assess your needs before your proceed to the next stage of application.

Step 2 - Fill out and submit the Mentoring Application Form which can be downloaded here

Step 3 - Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you can pay the €70 fee. (NOTE: This fee is currently waived due to COVID)

  • Your application with then be assessed and an appropriate mentor will be assigned to you.
  • Your contact details will be forwarded to one of our approved mentors who will make contact with you.
  • On completion of the mentoring visits, you will be asked to complete a brief evaluation
  • A hardcopy of the application form can be downloaded here.
  • There is a wealth of experience and expertise in our business community and it is our hope to assist your business in benefiting from that experience.
  • A standard mentoring assignment is three sessions (3 x 3 hours). The fee for this standard assignment is €70.00. 

Terms & Conditions

  • The Local Enterprise Office is committed to its transparency obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our data protection notice, for personal data that is supplied to us by our clients is available at . This notice contains important information about how we process personal data that is supplied to us by clients. We request that you read the notice carefully and that you ensure that it is made available to any data subjects (e.g. your employees) whose personal data you provide to us. By accepting our Terms and Conditions you confirm that: (a) you have complied with your own data protection obligations in respect of the personal data that you supply to us and that you are entitled to disclose such personal data to us; and (b) you will ensure that a copy of our data protection notice (is sent to data subjects (e.g. your employees) whose personal data you provide to us.

  • If your booking is accepted you will be issued with a confirmation note and receipt by email with a unique reference number, please check this confirmation note and contact the Enterprise Office should any details appear to be incorrect or you are booking on an incorrect course.
  • We may take pictures and/or make video and audio recordings at our events and training, in which you may be featured.  By attending the event, you give the organisers the right to use such material for non-commercial purposes, including the posting of photos and/or videos on our website(s).

  • Payment of the full fee is required to secure your booking on the programme. 

  • With regards to Mentoring, you must have your application approved by a member of LEO staff before paying the €70 fee and all three sessions of mentoring must be completed within 4 months of payment date. Any sessions outstanding after this deadline will be forfeited and the mentoring assignment will be closed.
  • You must have a registered business in Westmeath to be eligible to attend our training programmes, with the exception of the Start Your Own Business courses.

Cancellations Policy

In the event that a course or event is cancelled for any reason, participants will be notified prior to the commencement of the course and a full refund will be issued.

All cancellation requests should be made to our office. The following conditions apply to course cancellations:

  • 100% return of course fee if sufficient notice from the participant (i.e. not less than 10 working days.)
  • No refund if the participant does not notify us in writing at least 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course.
  • If you are unable to attend the course, you may transfer the course fee paid against the cost of another course as long as you give sufficient notice (not less than 10 working days).

In the event that you book a place and subsequently do not cancel your booking within ten working days of the commencement of the course and do not take up the place no refund or fee transfer will be offered. 

  • Failure to give us adequate notice of cancelling or not showing up for your one to one appointment will result in a fee of €50 being invoiced to you. This is a direct result of people booking clinics and not showing up for their allocated time on a continuous basis.