Cllr William Quinn PC

Quinn urges Carlow/Kilkenny business start-ups to avail of new €10m competitive fund

Issued : Friday 15 May, 2015

Labour Party bye-election candidate, Cllr. Willie Quinn is urging start-up businesses in Carlow and Kilkenny to avail of a new €10million competitive fund announced in Carlow this morning.

Cllr. Quinn was commenting on the announcement made today at Enterprise House, Carlow, as the Carlow Community Enterprise Centre celebrated its tenth birthday with Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD.

 

As part of the Government’s Regional Action plan for Jobs, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices and other public, private and community organisations that support the job-creation are being invited to bid for funding to create new collaborative projects that will unleash the jobs potential in their locality.

 

The initiative comprises two funds, which go live today, with a closing date of 10th July 2015:

 

-        A €5million LEO fund, covering the period 2015-2017, is open to groups of Local Enterprise Offices who come together to bid for funding for projects to support job-creation initiatives in their areas. The funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to the projects with the greatest capacity to create jobs.

 

-        A €5million Community Enterprise Initiatives fund, open to groups and organisations in every county of the country who come together with ideas for projects to create jobs. The fund will be awarded on a competitive basis to the projects with the greatest capacity to create jobs.

 

The new initiative forms part of the Government’s €250million Regional Action Plan for Jobs, and will provide funding for organisations and groups in every county of the country. Action Plans are currently being developed for all 8 regions of the country, coordinated by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

 

Cllr. Quinn pointed out that two-thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence and praised the efforts of the local Carlow Community Enterprise Centre, pointing out that some 234 jobs have been created by LEO Carlow.

 

LEO Carlow Performance

 

 

2014

2015 ytd

Amount of grants approved

€417,000

€69,500

Amount of grants paid

€340,671

€37,796

No of projects approved

25

8

No. of projects Paid

39

10

No of full-time jobs created

234

N/A

Number of part-time jobs created

107

N/A

Net Jobs

186.5

N/A

No of training courses delivered

74

10

No of training participants

1,754

209

No. of Mentoring participants

98

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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