Sunday 16 December 2018

Local Enterprise Office is boosting local job creation

Sorcha Crowley at Sligo Municipal district meeting

Sligo Local Enterprise Office helped create over 700 full time jobs here last year.

It also created almost 400 part-time jobs. That's according to Head of the LEO John Reilly who briefed Councillors on the work done by his office to date.

The office, which took over from the former County Enterprise Board a few years ago, offers entrepreneurs various "soft supports" and grant aid to help get them up and running.

In 2015 they delivered 27 training programmes for almost 400 people.

Other programmes include the Rhode Island Programme based out of The 'Ireland West International Trade Centre', in Providence, Rhode Island which supports West of Ireland companies looking to break into the US market.

Mr Reilly said $30,000 worth of product was en route to the US following negotiations by a Sligo entrepreneur on their October mission.

"It's a very positive aspect of what's happening here in Sligo," said Cllr Sean MacManus.

"We need to put Sligo in a positive image and give a positive message that we are open for business and there's no place for negativity in this," said Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady.

"The entrepreneurs - they're our future," said Cathaoirleach of the Council Cllr Hubert Keaney. "If these guys don't make it, the rest of us can give up. As councillors we need to look at the future and consider our contribution to job creation," he said.

"Maybe all of us need to take a bigger role in job creation," said Cllr Seamus Kilgannon. "The breakfast meeting in The Glasshouse started at 8am and it was full - there's a message there for us," he added.

Mayor of Sligo Municipal District Cllr Marie Casserly also praised LEO for their work and said more job fair days held during the year "would be useful."

Cllr Sinead Maguire also praised the Entrepreneurial Awards held recently.

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