High yield of 103 jobs from LEO office

ONE HUNDRED AND THREE jobs were created by businesses assisted by Wexford County Council's Local Enterprise Office in 2016.

A net total of 3,679 new jobs were delivered in 2016 by the 6,846 small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), according to the results of the latest LEO annual jobs survey published recently by Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor, T.D.

At a local level, the Wexford Local Enterprise Office (LEO) based at County Hall Wexford directly created 197 new jobs in gross terms and 103 new jobs in net terms across County Wexford.

It supported 28 business projects in County Wexford with grant aid totalling €389,034 and also provided training programmes to 948 people, while a further 121 businesses availed of its specialist mentoring support.

Welcoming the strong performance figures and paying tribute to the LEO team, Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Wexford, said: 'The job creation results and strong performance metrics for 2016 demonstrate that the Wexford Local Enterprise Office is making a significant impact in maximising the potential of our micro and small businesses here in the county. Whether you need access to finance, core business training or advice and guidance on overcoming business challenges, we are encouraging even more small businesses and start-ups to take up supports on offer through your Local Enterprise Office.'

The results, compiled by Enterprise Ireland, show that overall in 2016 a total of 7,883 new full and part time jobs were created in gross terms amongst LEO supported companies. Mary Mitchell O'Connor, T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said: 'I very much welcome the creation of 3,679 net new jobs in LEO supported companies during 2016. The LEOs have established themselves as a strong force in job creation in the regions with ten new jobs created every day on average over the past three years in LEO client companies. As the first-stop-shop for enterprise development in each local authority area, the LEOs are ideally placed to support entrepreneurship and job creation in every county and I would urge any budding entrepreneurs out there to make contact with their LEO to explore the full range of supports on offer.'

Details on all the supports available for small businesses and microenterprises in the region are available through www.localenterprise.ie or Wexford County Council's Local Enterprise Office on 053 91 96000.

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