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.
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Cllr William Quinn PCThe Labour Party
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